The Man Who Changed The World: The Lives Of Mikhail S. Gorbachev

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The Man Who Changed The World: The Lives Of Mikhail S. Gorbachev

By Gail Sheehy
HarperCollins, 1990
432 pp. $22.95
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A journalist's popular biography of Gorbachev that follows his life mainly through the eyes of his friends, neighbors and colleagues, whom the author sought out and interviewed with commendable diligence. She has tried, above all, to probe the personality and human qualities of her subject-no easy task-since, as she points out, the moods and views and methods of this man of several lives seemed to change at different stages of his career. On the economic reforms, political struggles and foreign policy of the Gorbachev era other recent books provide more solid fare, but Sheehy gives the main lines and deftly weaves them into her study of Gorbachev himself. In conclusion she takes note of the ironic fact that the man who changed the world seems to be losing his country in the process.

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