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When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world’s two superpowers. By 1989 he had transformed Soviet Communism. By 1990 he, more than anyone else, had ended the Cold War, and in December 1991 he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the USSR. In this first comprehensive biography of Gorbachev, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy turned into the Soviet system’s grave digger, why the Communist regime allowed him to destroy it, how Gorbachev’s dream of democratizing Russia through perestroika and glasnost foundered, and why he permitted Eastern Europe to abandon Communism without conflict. Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, Russian archives, interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries as well as with foreign leaders, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait also extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved. Nuanced and poignant yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has the amplitude of a Tolstoy novel.
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October 03, 2017
Who is Mikhail Gorbachev? Why did he set the Soviet Union on its ambitious and tragically doomed course of reform? Thirty years after his 'resignation' and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, he is still inscrutable. When the author asked him, he answered - in the third-person - that "Gorbachev...
December 06, 2017
This is an authoritative biography of a man who changed the course of history towards the end of the 20th century.
It gave me a much greater understanding of who Gorbachev is and how he managed to change the contours of his country. For anyone who does not believe that people can alter the course...
November 20, 2017
Mikhail Gorbachev is an extraordinary man, and this is an extraordinary book.
Gorbachev is in a sense too good for his times and his country. A man who grew up on a farm during the starving time of the German invasion of Russia, he became an excellent student and a leader when the war ended and h...
November 03, 2017
An excellent biography of Gorbachev. Especially clear and vivid in the earliest chapters; after his political career begins, it easily meanders into the morass of bureaucracy, which Taubman does not quite sufficiently untangle for the reader. Even so, with so much experience in interviewing Gorba...
November 03, 2017
To understand the collapse of the Soviet Union, one must understand Gorbachev (at least to what extent he can be understood), and this magnificent biography makes great strides toward achieving that. To survive the political in-fighting so common in Soviet circles was an achievement itself for th...
September 27, 2017
This is a fascinating story of an extremely interesting man. I remember Gorbachev's leadership of the USSR in the late 80's and early 90's, but this book provides lots of insights that I hadn't previously been aware of. Taubman quotes Gorbachev himself as saying that he's not easy to understand -...
September 24, 2017
In 2017, William Taubman, published his book "Gorbachev: His Life and Times" in 2017. He spent 11 years writing this exceptional book. Gorbachev was a renown visionary and remarkable architect of social democratic reform. He influenced the principles for modern world order and economic advancemen...
December 15, 2017
Taubman’s biography of Mikhail Sergeievitch Gorbachev is up to the very high standards he set in his life of Kruschev, which won him a Pulitzer Prize. He has me convinced that the two most significant statesmen of the latter twentieth century were Deng Xiao Ping and Gorbachev. Both faced similar...
October 17, 2017
Magisterial and comprehensive, maybe, for the generalist, too much so. A wonderful book, indeed, but I could have done without at least a few of the facts and names.
It's somehow encouraging to know that just last week Gorbachev published a piece in the NY Times. Although, he was decrying the pres...
November 17, 2017
Frankly, I was disappointed by this volume. While it is certainly a good biography, if all one is interested in is that narrative, I had other hopes.
Gorbachev confronted seventy years of "Communist"/Stalinist constructs, a polity that developed out of many more years of authoritarian/Tsarist rule...