Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman

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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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ISBN : 0393647013
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 852 pages


Hadrian rated it ★★★★☆

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...

Annette rated it ★★★★☆

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 -...

Don rated it ★★★★★

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...

Tommie rated it ★★★★★

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...

Oren rated it ★★★★☆

September 27, 2017

I wish the author would've focused a bit more on foreign policy and global events but it's understandable why he didn't given how momentous were the events within the USSR thanks to him.

Keith rated it ★★★★☆

September 20, 2017

Here's my review for BookPage.com. https://goo.gl/7MhRew

Lehtomaki rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 22, 2017


Terence rated it ★★★☆☆

October 10, 2017

Very readable, well researched and worthy subject. recommend

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