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Gorbachev: His Life and Times

by William Taubman

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New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. BW2 - A first edition (stated with complete numberline) hardcover book SIGNED by author on the title page in very good condition in very good dust jacket that is mylar protected. Dust jacket has some wrinkling, chipping and crease on the edges and corners, a few less than an inch tears with wrinkling and crease on the upper spine, light discoloration and shelf wear. Book has a few less than an inch tears with wrinkling and crease on the upper spine, some bumped corners and dents, wrinkling and a few tiny tears on the spine edges, some light discoloration and shelf wear. When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world's two superpowers. By 1989, his liberal policies of perestroika and glasnost had permanently transformed Soviet Communism, and had made enemies of radicals on the right and left. By 1990 he, more than anyone else, had ended the Cold War, and in 1991, after barely escaping from a coup attempt, he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union he had tried to save. In the first comprehensive biography of the final Soviet leader, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy became the Soviet system's gravedigger, how he clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, how he found common ground with America's arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and how he permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart without using force to preserve them. Throughout, Taubman portrays the many sides of Gorbachev's unique character that, by Gorbachev's own admission, make him "difficult to understand." Was he in fact a truly great leader, or was he brought low in the end by his own shortcomings, as well as by the unyielding forces he faced? Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, as well as foreign leaders, Taubman's intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev's remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved, and to the family that they raised together. Nuanced and poignant, yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has all the amplitude of a great Russian novel. 9.5"x6.5", 852 pages. Satisfaction Guaranteed. William Chase Taubman is an American political scientist. His biography of Nikita Khrushchev won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2004 and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography in 2003. He is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science and received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1962, an M.A. from Columbia University in 1965, a Certificate of the Russian Institute in 1965, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1969. Taubman was the recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim fellowship. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
  • Bookseller: Bookmarc's US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: ec52340
  • Title: Gorbachev: His Life and Times
  • Author: William Taubman
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Jacket condition: Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • ISBN 10: 0393647013
  • ISBN 13: 9780393647013
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 2017
  • Keywords: BIOGRAPHY MIKHAIL SERGEEVICH GORBACHEV HEAD OF STATE SOVIET UNION POLITICS & GOVERNMENT
  • Bookseller catalogs: Biography / Political Leaders; Biography / Signed Biography;
  • Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall


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On Aug 25 2018, said:
  "This is a great book, very well written, with lots of insights and the inside information on Gorbachev's meetings with world leaders. Indispensible."

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