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Gorbachev - The Rise and Fall of a Hero [Kindle Edition]

I D Oppenhiem , Ian Davies
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From the author of 'Gulf-Diary of the Microchip War', this concise history, also re-edited by the original author of the 1991 paperback, whilst not intended as a biography, covers the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev through the ranks of the Communist Party but primarily covers events during the 1991 August coup that shook the world, and the follow on effects this had on the USSR which eventually led to his resignation as Soviet president on 25 December 1991.
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The title reference ‘fall of a hero’ refers in essence to the change of opinion within Soviet society of the man who initiated Perestroika.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 61 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478160365
  • Publisher: Strawberry Hightower Media; 3rd edition (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004K1FIFW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #219,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book 1 Sept. 2013
By George
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A good book, an interesting insight into the immediate aftermath of the cold war, which is often not covered in school syllabus
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressed 25 Sept. 2011
By Lynne
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Though this isn't my usual kind of read, I was really impressed how the authors dealt with this difficult subject. We read so much based on personal opinions and theories, but here you will find a book that is straight to the point and doesn't deviate from the importance of this world changing event. Anyone with an interest in the subject will find this a fascinating and historically correct read. Impressive work, well written. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressed 25 Sept. 2011
By Lynne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Though this isn't my usual kind of read, I was really impressed how the authors dealt with this difficult subject. We read so much based on personal opinions and theories, but here you will find a book that is straight to the point and doesn't deviate from the importance of this world changing event. Anyone with an interest in the subject will find this a fascinating and historically correct read. Impressive work, well written. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Gorbachev - Rise and Fall of a Hero 24 Dec. 2012
By Ann - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I was actually bought this as a present, as it's my area of interest. I enjoyed it so much that I feel I need to help spread the word about this great book...Written in 1991 this still stands the test of time (despite the rise of the internet since then) as a history book on these specific events which changed the face of the then Soviet map.
It was sad that Gorbachev could not change things and at the same time include the Communist Party as part of these changes, but therein was the flaw in his desired outcome, with the resulting resignation which we all know about now.
Remarkable times recalled here, and we would no doubt be living in a different world without him and what he started.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 16 Dec. 2011
By Marina Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Being from a Soviet background I remember these times vividly and have to say that in reading this book many memories were brought to mind. I found I was recalling these events and found this a very accurate and absorbing read. The reference to the "shared sense of humor" between the two leaders General Secretary Gorbachev and U.S President Reagan did allow me a smile but I will not give that story away here. It was enlightening and I would recommend it for its conciseness and accuracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of a very Sigificent World Leader 28 Dec. 2013
By John Walton CMT - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent presentation of a truly brave man who rose above the evil of those around him. His refreshing pragmatism brought changes in a corrupt system in which change seemed impossible. I believe credit should go to his God-fearing praying mother. Gorbachev himself at one time said he was an atheist, but I think he may be reconsidering his belief. Perhaps by now he is a true believer, after searching for the facts about Jesus. May be the next book will include an update on his faith. Anyway I highly recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding? 28 Oct. 2012
By Mark A. Schauss - Published on Amazon.com
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Could be the most worthless book on a major historical figure I've read to date. What a waste of paper. Wikipedia has more information about Gorbachev than this book which should be more honestly called a leaflet because of its meager size. Buy works from Robert Service or Vladislav Zubok instead and you'll get a better understanding of Gorbachev.
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