RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 48544277 LA Translated from the Russian. T1 Conversations with Gorbachev : on perestroika, the Prague Spring, and the crossroads of socialism A1 Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich,, Mlynář, Zdeněk., PB Columbia University Press PP New York YR 2002 SN 0231118643 9780231118644 AB "Mikhail Gorbachev and Zdenek Mlynar were friends for half a century, from the time their paths first crossed 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 and world politics." "In 1993 they decided that their conversations might be of interest to others and so they began to tape-record them. This volume is the product of that "thinking out loud." A historical document in its own right, the book is a record of two friends trying to explain to one another their views on the problems and events that determined their destinies.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 more revealing picture of Gorbachev than we have seen before."--BOOK JACKET.