- Paperback: 444 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (October 23, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192880527
- ISBN-13: 978-0192880529
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the West, Mikhail Gorbachev is revered as a historic leader who ended the Cold War. In Russia, he is largely despised. Archie Brown, a professor of politics at Oxford and one of the first to recognize the significance of Gorbachev's rise to power in the former Soviet Union, has produced the most thorough biography to date--a meticulously written defense of Gorbachev's historic role as the last Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party. While not neglecting to note the man's mistakes and his flaws--chiefly his vanity and inconsistency--The Gorbachev Factor is a very positive portrait of a man who changed the world. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A notable Oxford scholar focuses on Mikhail Gorbachev's role in ending the Cold War and attempting to reform the Soviet political system. Brown's thorough, well-researched study rebuts those in Russia and the West who would downplay Gorbachev's transformative role in 1985-91. Devoting separate chapters to Gorbachev's economic, political, and foreign policy reforms, Brown makes a strong case that Gorbachev's leadership was a necessary condition for sweeping change in the late 1980s. As the author points out, events like the notorious 1988 Nina Andreyevna affair (when a typically hardline letter Andreyevna wrote to a Soviet paper backfired) would probably have been enough, in Gorbachev's absence, to nip the first shoots of "civil society" in the bud. Although the author is too concerned with the unprovable issue of what Gorbachev's beliefs were at each stage of his career, he does provide a useful corrective to propaganda on behalf of Boris Yeltsin, for whom he expresses thinly veiled contempt. For highly informed readers and specialists.?Robert Decker, Palo Alto, Cal.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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When Gorbachev started his reforms in 1985-1986, he could not anticipate their unintended consequences: collapse of USSR and the whole East European Socialist system, one of the greatest Empires in the human history, within just six years (1985-1991).
He deserved his place of History, as a ruler who made such collapse as bloodless as possible.
It's hard to come away from reading this without the perspective that Gorbachev should stand by Roosevelt and Churchill as the last century's most towering forces for good. All three had faults - and especially with Churchill some of them pretty significant - but the world would be very different and probably a lot worse without any of these men.