Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of Socialism

byMikhail Gorbachev, Zdenek MlynarTranslated byGeorge Shriver

October 29, 2003|
Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of Socialism 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.

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 is Gorbachev: 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...
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Title:Conversations with Gorbachev: On Perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the Crossroads of SocialismFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:200 pages, 8.75 X 1 X 0.68 inShipping dimensions:200 pages, 8.75 X 1 X 0.68 inPublished:October 29, 2003Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231118651

ISBN - 13:9780231118651

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