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When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world's two superpowers. By 1989, his policies of perestroika and glasnost had permanently transformed Soviet Communism, and had made enemies of radicals on the right and left. After barely escaping from a coup attempt, he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the nation he had tried to save. Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself as well as his friends and adversaries, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Khrushchev shows how a peasant boy became the Soviet system's gravedigger, doing more than anyone to end the Cold War.
"A riveting page-turner…. [This] book is anything but a solemn academic tome. It's gripping."—NPR