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The Gorbachev Factor
     

The Gorbachev Factor

by Archie Brown
 

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'To understand this singular man, the reader can do no better than to turn to Archie Brown's astute and lucid book. There have been several excellent works on Mr Gorbachev ... but none examines the subject as thoroughly as this volume ... a rich study, as impressive in its sweep as in its details.' Abraham Brumberg, New York Times 'Archie Brown's book is not only a

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'To understand this singular man, the reader can do no better than to turn to Archie Brown's astute and lucid book. There have been several excellent works on Mr Gorbachev ... but none examines the subject as thoroughly as this volume ... a rich study, as impressive in its sweep as in its details.' Abraham Brumberg, New York Times 'Archie Brown's book is not only a richly researched, easily readable biography of Gorbachev himself. It should be studied at once in every diplomatic service worthy of the name, starting with our own Foreign Office.' Michael Foot, Evening Standard 'Archie Brown has mastered the material and met the people ... he writes with a historical perspective unavailable to authors of the instant biographies which appeared while Gorbachev was in power.' Rodric Braithwaite, Financial Times 'Archie Brown's closely reasoned book ... makes a better case for Gorbachev's record as a reformer than Gorbachev's own memoirs ... the most thorough exposition of Gorbachev's domestic political record yet to appear.' Jack F. Matlock, Jr, New York Review of Books 'This Oxford don, for years one of the world's most talented Kremlinologists, has already found the memoirs, documents and interviews that allow him to provide a remarkably detailed and authoritative account of the key moments in Gorbachev's career.' Robert G. Kaiser, Washington Post 'It is hard to come away from this admirable book without an affection for Gorbachev's insistence on peaceful change, his willingness to let Eastern Europe go and his determination to nurture a pluralist culture.' Nick Cohen, Observer 'Brown's latest book is the product of many years of intensive research: it proves to be the most detailed and revealing study of the man who revolutionised the USSR. Excellent.' Good Book Guide

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Library Journal
A notable Oxford scholar focuses on Mikhail Gorbachev's role in ending the Cold War and attempting to reform the Soviet political system. Brown's thorough, well-researched study rebuts those in Russia and the West who would downplay Gorbachev's transformative role in 1985-91. Devoting separate chapters to Gorbachev's economic, political, and foreign policy reforms, Brown makes a strong case that Gorbachev's leadership was a necessary condition for sweeping change in the late 1980s. As the author points out, events like the notorious 1988 Nina Andreyevna affair (when a typically hardline letter Andreyevna wrote to a Soviet paper backfired) would probably have been enough, in Gorbachev's absence, to nip the first shoots of "civil society" in the bud. Although the author is too concerned with the unprovable issue of what Gorbachev's beliefs were at each stage of his career, he does provide a useful corrective to propaganda on behalf of Boris Yeltsin, for whom he expresses thinly veiled contempt. For highly informed readers and specialists.Robert Decker, Palo Alto, Cal.
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"To understand this singular man, the reader can do no better than to turn to Archie Brown's astute and lucid (if not felicitously titled) book The Gorbachev Factor....A rich study, as impressive in its sweep as in its details."—The New York Times Book Review

"A remarkably detailed and authoritative account of the key moments in Gorbachev's career."—The Washington Post Book World

"[Professor Brown's] book is, by all odds, the most thorough exposition of Gorachev's domestic political record yet to appear."—The New York Review of Books

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191573989
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
08/07/1997
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
801,693
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Archie Brown is Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and Sub-Warden of St Antony's College where he has been a Fellow since 1971. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1991. Professor Brown is the author of numerous publications on Soviet and Russian politics. His more recent works (as editor and major contributor) include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the Former Soviet Union (1994), New Thinking in Soviet Politics (1992), The Soviet Union: A Biographical Dictionary (1990), and Political Leadership in the Soviet Union (1989).

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