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Gorbachev is the definitive biography of the Soviet Union’s final leader, from the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Khrushchev. In 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev oversaw the collapse of one of the greatest superpowers in human history. This novel delves into everything that led up to that monumental moment, and paints a complicated portrait of the man at the center of it all. William Taubman explores the transformational life of a peasant boy turned world leader, how he clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, how he found common ground with president Ronald Reagan, and how he permitted the USSR to fall apart without resorting to military force to preserve them.
William Taubman is a political scientist born in 1940 in New York City. He received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1962; an M.A. from Columbia University in 1965; and a Ph.D. from Columbia in 1969. His awards include a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle award, Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, Wayne S. Vucinich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship.