A missed opportunity
“Gorbachev’s path toward radical change,” David E. Hoffman’s Sept. 10 Book World Review of William Taubman’s biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, “Gorbachev: His Life and Times,” overlooked the most important point: Gorbachev had begun his reforms in concert with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President Ronald Reagan. But after assuming the presidency, George H.W. Bush refused Thatcher’s and Gorbachev’s pleas for a Marshall-type plan to support the radical changes sweeping Russia. Mr. Bush was content to have “beaten” Gorbachev (and Boris Yeltsin), and so the United States missed its great opportunity to “reset” the world.
Richard Ashford, Chevy Chase