The Gorbachev Factor by Archie BrownThe Gorbachev Factor by Archie Brown

The Gorbachev Factor

byArchie Brown

Paperback | August 1, 1997

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`To understand this singular man, the reader can do no better than to turn to Archie Brown's astute and lucid book. There have been several excellent works on Mr Gorbachev ... but none examines the subject as thoroughly as this volume ... a rich study, as impressive in its sweep as in itsdetails.' Abraham Brumberg, New York Times `Archie Brown's book is not only a richly researched, easily readable biography of Gorbachev himself. It should be studied at once in every diplomatic service worthy of the name, starting with our own Foreign Office.' Michael Foot, Evening Standard `Archie Brown has mastered the material and met the people ... he writes with a historical perspective unavailable to authors of the instant biographies which appeared while Gorbachev was in power.' Rodric Braithwaite, Financial Times `Archie Brown's closely reasoned book ... makes a better case for Gorbachev's record as a reformer than Gorbachev's own memoirs ... the most thorough exposition of Gorbachev's domestic political record yet to appear.' Jack F. Matlock, Jr, New York Review of Books `This Oxford don, for years one of the world's most talented Kremlinologists, has already found the memoirs, documents and interviews that allow him to provide a remarkably detailed and authoritative account of the key moments in Gorbachev's career.' Robert G. Kaiser, Washington Post `It is hard to come away from this admirable book without an affection for Gorbachev's insistence on peaceful change, his willingness to let Eastern Europe go and his determination to nurture a pluralist culture.' Nick Cohen, Observer `Brown's latest book is the product of many years of intensive research: it proves to be the most detailed and revealing study of the man who revolutionised the USSR. Excellent.' Good Book Guide
Archie Brown is Professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and Sub-Warden of St Antony's College where he has been a Fellow since 1971. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1991. Professor Brown is the author of numerous publications on Soviet and Russian politics. His more recent works (as editor and major contrib...
Title:The Gorbachev FactorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

IntroductionThe Making of a Reformist General SecretaryIn the Portals of PowerThe Power of Ideas and the Power of AppointmentGorbachev and Economic ReformGorbachev and Political TransformationGorbachev and Foreign PolicyThe National Question, the Coup, and the Collapse of the Soviet UnionConclusions

From Our Editors

Providing a balanced account of the complexities of politics in the U.S.S.R. during a period of remarkable change, THE GORBACHEV FACTOR tells the gripping story of Mikhail Gorbachev's rise and fall, a story full of intrigue, secret meetings, and powerful struggles. The book paints a vivid picture of a man and of seven years that changed the course of the 20th century. 27 plates.

Editorial Reviews

`Archie Brown has been able to take account of the wealth of detail, particularly memoir evidence and interviews with many of perestroika's participants, which previous studies could not. The end result is an elegant and authoritiative account.'Matthew Wyman, University of Keele, Political Studies, Vol 45, No. 1, March '97