“Of the many works on Gorbachev and his policies, Sheehy’s perhaps best conveys her subject’s ambition and self-assurance in a life of profound discontinuity.” – Library Journal
About the Book
He is one of the most dynamic and least understood leaders in the world: a winner of the Noble Prize for Peace, yet a dedicated Communist able to crush budding independence movements by brute force. Applauded by the West for his dismantling of cold war barriers, he is denounced as the destroyer of the Soviety system itself. Here for the first time is a compelling personal portrait of Mikhail Gorbachev–from the events that shaped his boyhood to the forces that now drive him as the First Man of the Kremlin.