Reading Between the Lines

In describing his downfall, Gorbachev candidly admits his shock (and even a few mistakes) but glosses over painful truths

MIKHAIL GORBACHEV IS NOT THE KIND OF statesman who could ever quietly fade away into history. The collapse of the U.S.S.R. may have left the former Soviet President without a job or a country, but he has continued to speak his mind with the same confident authority he had in the past, and he travels abroad now with the honor and respect due a ruling leader. Gorbachev has done nothing to disabuse admirers of the impression that his political career is far from over. During a visit this month to Tokyo, he speculated about a possible comeback, drawing an analogy to...

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