A Chat with the Gorbachevs

The former Soviet President slips easily into the role of senior statesman, showing no regrets about the past and still eager to help shape the future

NOTHING ABOUT MIKHAIL GORBAchev's triumphal two-week tour of the U.S. $ suggested that he was a politician removed from power. Americans, who still see the last President of the Soviet Union as the man most responsible for ending the cold war, received him with standing ovations from Stanford University to the New York Stock Exchange to Capitol Hill. Though he resigned his office more than four months ago, he has lost neither the aura nor the trappings of a major political figure.

Nothing about Gorbachev himself, when he met for an hour with TIME's editors at the Waldorf Towers in New...

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