978-0-06-039085-3 / 9780060390853

Perestroika - New Thinking for Our Country and the World


Publisher:Harper & Row



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SUB-TITLE: A Cornelia & Michael Bessie Book. BOOK NUMBER: 1187. CONTENTS: To the Reader; PART ONE PERESTROIKA; Chapter 1 Perestroika: Origins, Essence, Revolutionary Character; Chapter 2 Perestroika Gets Under Way: The First Conclusions; PART TWO NEW THINKING AND THE WORLD; Chapter 3 How We See the World of Today; Chapter 4 Restructuring in the USSR and the Socialist World; Chapter 5 The Third World in the International Community; Chapter 6 Europe in Soviet Foreign Policy; Chapter 7 Problems of Disarmament and USSR-USA Relations; Conclusion. SYNOPSIS: "The purpose of this book," says its author, "is to talk without intermediaries to the citizens of the whole world about things that, without exception, concern us all . . . I am convinced that they, like me, worry about the future of our planet." Perestroika, which means restructuring, is Mikhail Gorbachev's own account of the revolution he is presently implementing in the U.S.S.R. Seventy years after the October Revolution, it constitutes real changes in attitudes, in ideas and in practice that entail a radical alteration of both domestic and foreign policy. Perestroika is the next stage in socialist history, when greater responsibility is delegated to the people, and initiative, openness and a spirit of emulation are strongly encouraged through a real sense of personal involvement. It is an unprecedented blueprint for change that can only have profound implications for the world. Frank in his criticism of the past, trenchant in his recommendations for the present, the General Secretary is unswerving in his conviction that the needs of the world are inseparable from those of his country. For, in the search for a "nuclear-free, non-violent world," restructuring must be a global affair, and involve furthering the cause of understanding and tolerance. "The state and peoples of the earth are very different, and it is good that they are so." Eloquently, forcefully, passionately, Mikhail Gorbachev...

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