Mikhail Gorbachev: Memoirs Paperback – 1 Nov 1997
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The memoirs of Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the greatest world leaders of the twentieth century.
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As with almost all political autobiographies, a certain proportion of the contents are devoted to justifying decisions, opinions and actions of the author. Nevertheless you emerge with the feeling that Gorbachev was that rarest of political species: a true visionary.
In fact you share with him his frustrations as time and again his attempts to move the monolithic Soviet state forward are slowed and even halted by people clinging to the power they had felt was theirs by right.
Later of course Boris Yeltsin (portrayed here very much as an opportunist with a desire for power) and his followers sought to undermine Gorbachev's reforms for the very different reason that they were not moving swiftly enough.
At the end you are left in no doubt of the sincerity with which Gorbachev loves his country and is pained to think of the troubles it has endured. You are also left with the impression that Gorbachev was a man who arrived at the right time and created the platform from which many people regained their freedom and found a place in the world.
For this history will, I believe, judge him to have been a shining light in an otherwise darkened room.
The problem I had with the book was very much one of comprehending what was happening and therefore sustaining interest.Read more ›
For those readers who don't have such a deep political interest, especially readers who are unfamiliar about the Soviet Union and Communist Party structures it could be quite difficult read. Differentiating between a Congress, conference, plenum, oblast, kraikom, gorkom etc can be difficult. While Gorbachev also makes long points on economic reforms both firstly in his home region of Stavropol and then the whole of the Soviet Union, which he himself even admits to be taxing to the reader!
However it's overall fascinating and enjoyable read, the problems emenating from the Brezhnev 'era of stagnation' turbulent times of perestroika and glasnost through to the ending of the cold war and the August 1991 coup. The sharp analytical mind of Gorbachev makes it more understandable to see why the countries of the former Soviet Union are having such problems today.
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Gorbachev's memoirs are a brilliant written account of the political career of Mikhail Gorbachev, primarily focusing on his time in office as the President of the USSR. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2013 by Lisa
I am a visiting Professor of International Relations and International Law at an American University. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2010 by Happy Bunny
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