In these long-awaited memoirs, Mikhail Gorbachev looks back on a lifetime that mirrors the fate of the Russian people. From the persecution of his family under Stalin to his first political steps, to his extraordinary rise within the Communist Party, Gorbachev recounts the events that led to his own disillusionment, without which the eventual implosion of communism would not have taken place. He casts an equally sharp eye on the policies of both past communist governments and present-day reformers.
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The former Soviet leader looks back on his rise from tractor operator to architect of perestroika, glasnost, and the end of the Cold War. A timely reminder of what made Gorbachev so revolutionary back ... Read full review
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