Gorbachev: His Life and Times by William TaubmanIn the first comprehensive biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, found common ground with America’s arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart without using force to preserve them. Drawing on interviews with Gorbachev himself, transcripts and documents from the Russian archives, and interviews with Kremlin aides and adversaries, Taubman’s intensely personal portrait extends to Gorbachev’s remarkable marriage to a woman he deeply loved. Nuanced and poignant, yet unsparing and honest, this sweeping account has all the amplitude of a great Russian novel.
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Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev [note 2] born 2 March is a Russian and formerly Soviet politician. The eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union , he was General Secretary of its governing Communist Party from until He was the country's head of state from until , serving as Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet from to , Chairman of the Supreme Soviet from to , and President of the Soviet Union from to Ideologically, he initially adhered to Marxism-Leninism although by the early s had moved toward social democracy. Growing up under the rule of Joseph Stalin , in his youth he operated combine harvesters on a collective farm before joining the Communist Party, which then governed the Soviet Union as a one-party state according to Marxist-Leninist doctrine. While studying at Moscow State University , he married fellow student Raisa Titarenko in prior to receiving his law degree in Moving to Stavropol , he worked for the Komsomol youth organisation and, after Stalin's death, became a keen proponent of the de-Stalinization reforms of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev.
By Ken Raggio Note: I wrote this article in , but in the light of the new Obama Socialism, it is much more tantalizing today. A few critical updates have been added. Some saw Gorby as the "last remaining Global leader". Gorbachev's political and religious allies have all the resources, ambitions and key players to produce the final Antichrist system. Gorbachev was told to vacate his power base, and also to inform other leaders of the Soviet bloc nations to do likewise. Those orders came from the Capstone.
Gorbachev soaked up San Francisco as a tourist on Friday, taking a whirlwind tour of the city that hosts a branch of his Moscow-based foundation. There were also some solemn moments. And, during a speech at the oceanfront Presidio Army post, Gorbachev grew misty-eyed as he recalled how his father, an engineer in the Soviet Army, was wounded while fighting the Nazis in Czechoslovakia. Everywhere he went Friday, the stout, balding ex-president drew cheers and adulation from San Franciscans--a dramatic and no doubt refreshing change from the hostile reception he receives in his homeland. Scott Siller, 22, as he trained his video camera on the former Soviet leader.