Advice From The Third Man

How Nixon mediated between Reagan and Gorbachev

The two leaders who are planning to meet in Washington next month are already one of the great odd couples of history: Ronald Reagan, the septuagenarian American conservative with his high-noon view of the superpower competition, and Mikhail Gorbachev, the youthful Soviet reformer with his reassuring slogans about "new thinking" and "mutual security." If, as both hope, they hold a fourth summit before Reagan leaves office, perhaps in Moscow, they will have met more often than any of their predecessors. And if the intermediate- range nuclear forces treaty that they are about to sign leads to a strategic arms agreement next...