Mikhail Gorbachev

Challenging Abroad, Opening Up at Home

At 55, Mikhail Gorbachev is likely to be the Soviet leader who will lead his country into the next millennium. Yet in the past year he acted as though he had only one year rather than 14 to get the Soviet Union ready for the 21st century. He was a man relentlessly on the move, prodding every part of Soviet society to change. At the same time he was challenging the U.S. on many fronts with an energetic and sophisticated global diplomacy, Gorbachev often seemed determined to shape the Soviet Union to his own personal agenda by the sheer force of...

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