“Each new book on Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev removes more of the mystery that surrounds this extraordinary man’s life. Now Gail Sheehy has removed a lot more, finding new sources of information—right down to the ‘girl next door’ in Gorbachev’s village… A wealth of good writing, fascinating anecdotes and telling details.” — Los Angeles Times
He is one of the most dynamic and least understood leaders of the world: a winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace, yet a dedicated Communist able to crush budding independence movements by brute force. Applauded by the West for his dismantling of Cold War barriers, his denounced by his own countrymen as the destroyer of the Soviet system itself. Here for the first time is a compelling personal portrait of Mikhail Gorbachev—from the events that shaped his boyhood to the forces that now drive him as the First Man of Kremlin.