Conversations with Gorbachev by Mikhail Gorbachev

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Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynar were friends for half a century, since they first crossed paths as students in 1950. Although one was a Russian and the other a Czech, they were both ardent supporters of communism and socialism. One took part in laying the groundwork for and carrying out the Prague spring; the other opened a new political era in Soviet world politics.

In 1993 they decided that their conversations might be of interest to others and so they began to tape-record them. This book is the product of that “thinking out loud” process. It is an absorbing record of two friends trying to explain to one another their views on the problems and events that determined their destinies. From reminiscences of their starry-eyed university days to reflections on the use of force to “save socialism” to contemplation of the end of the cold war, here is a far more candid picture of Gorbachev than we have ever seen before.

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Mikhail Gorbachev, Secretary General of the Soviet Union, 1985-1991, now heads the Gorbachev Foundation in Moscow and lectures widely around the world. His most recent book isGorbachev: On My Country and the World. The late Zdenek Mlynar (1931--1997) was a leader of the Prague Spring of 1968 and a prominent member of the Czech dissident movement. His son, Vladimir, is the current Minister Without Portfolio of the Czech Republic.
Published August 14, 2012 by Columbia University Press. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Despite Mlynar's pressing, Gorbachev is unwilling to probe behind his well-known views on this—the U.S.S.R.'s collapse occurred, Gorbachev contends, because of the "vindictiveness of the reactionary forces and the excessive revolutionism of the radicals"—or on other issues, leaving this book with...

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