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`In the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, the standout biography is about the man who lowered the hammer and sickle flag. Gorbachev: His Life and Times (Simon and Schuster) is a fitting sequel to William Taubman's previous biography of Nikita Khrushchev, which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2004' John Bew, New Statesman 'A phenomenally researched life of the man who did more than any other to change Europe and the world in the last half of the 20th century'. Jonathan Steele, The Guardian., ' ... deeply penetrating history and engrossing psychological study.' Robert Legvold, Foreign Affairs MagazineFrom the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev: The Man and his Era 'An engaging, poignant portrayal of one of the most significant of Russian leaders.' Kirkus review. 'William Taubman's Gorbachev, like his Khrushchev, is an extraordinary achievement, full of new information, filled with shrewd judgments, a two-in-a-row triumph in the writing of great lives.' - John Lewis Gaddis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George F., Kennan: An American Life `Nobody before Taubman has achieved an in-depth psychological portrait...what made Gorbachev tick, as a man and a leader, has always been hooded in speculation...A highly readable, reliable and accurate work, one that will be used by all future generations of historians... This monumental biography will become the standard personal portrait, especially of the years before Gorbachev became party secretary. Taubman has charmed more out of him than any of his subordinates ever managed to' Robert Service, Literary Review `Impressive..., full of fascinating detail' Peter Conradi, Sunday Times `Comprehensive and immensely readable' The Economist `Superb... [Gorbachev] thought he could save the Soviet Union and make socialism great again. In Taubman's hands, the journey is an extraordinary story of one man and history in a tense wrestling match' The Washington Post This is the definitive biography o

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