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Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Gorbachev: His Life and Times
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Author William Taubman
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Published Date 2017-09-13
ISBN-10 147115758X
ISBN-13 978-1471157585
Binding Paperback
Pages 880
Rs. 3,150.00
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An exemplary biography as well as a compelling history of the Soviet Union and Russia, Taubman’s sweeping account has the amplitude of a Tolstoy novel. From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and his Era comes the definitive volume on one of the most important and controversial figures of the 20th century. When Mikhail Gorbachev became its leader in March 1985, the USSR was still one of the world’s two superpowers. By the end of his tenure six years later, the Communist system was dismantled, the cold war was over and, on 25th December 1991, the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist. While not solely responsible for this remarkable upheaval, he set decisive changes in motion. Assessments of Gorbachev could not be more polarised. In the West, he is regarded as a hero. In Russia, he is widely hated by those who blame him for the collapse of the USSR. Admirers marvel at this vision and courage. Detractors, including many of his Kremlin comrades, have accused him of everything from naivete to treason. GORBACHEV shows how a dirt-poor farm boy of the Stalinist era and later a Communist Party stalwart became the USSR’s most significant reformer; how the leader of the “evil Empire” forged a peaceful partnership with the United States aimed at the idealistic goal of eliminating nuclear arms; and, finally, how Gorbachev’s reformist policies of perestroika and glasnost collapsed. Along the way, Taubman also affords revealing cameos of world leaders from Ronald Reagan to Margaret Thatcher to West German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who once compared Gorbachev to Goebbels.

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