Gorbachev: His Life and Times

Gorbachev: His Life and Times

by William Taubman


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Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William Taubman

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
“Essential reading for the twenty-first [century].” —Radhika Jones, The New York Times Book Review
In the first comprehensive biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, found common ground with America’s arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart without using force to preserve them. Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved. Nuanced and poignant, yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has all the amplitude of a great Russian novel.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393647013
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 99,522
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

William Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College. His biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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