The Man Who Changed the World: The Lives of Mikhail S. Gorbachev

About the Book


He is one of the most dynamic and least understood leaders in the world: a winner of the Nobel 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 also denounced as the destroyer of the Soviet 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 in his new life in America, where he is a popular speaker.

“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