Book Review - Gorbachev His Life and Time


The article is a book review of "Gorbachev His Life and Time". This book is a biography of Mikhail Gorbachev who lead the USSR, ended the cold war and unintentionally presided over the collapse of USSR. Khrushchev intends to shed light upon the life of former President of USSR Mikhail Gorbachev.

The definitive biography of the transformational world leader by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev.

The USSR was one of the world’s two superpowers when Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985. By 1989 he had transformed Soviet Communism. By 1990 he, more than anyone else, had ended the Cold War, and in December 1991, under his stewardship, USSR saw its demise.

William Taubman, in this first comprehensive biography of Gorbachev, explains how a peasant boy turned into Soviet system’s grave digger, why the Commmunist regime allowed him to ruin it, how Gorbachev’s dream of democratizing Russia through glasnost and perestroika collapsed and why he permitted Eastern Europe to give up Communism without conflict.

Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, Russian archives, interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries as well as with foreign leaders, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait also extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved. Poignant and Nuanced yet honest and unsparing, this sweeping account has the amplitude of a Tolstoy novel.