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Title:
Mikhail Gorbachev
Author:
Kort, Michael, 1944-
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Publication Information:
New York : Watts, 1990.
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Discusses the life of Mikhail Gorbachev from his formative years to the present, and examines the reforms he has introduced to the Soviet Union.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780531109410
Format :
Book

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Discusses the life of Mikhail Gorbachev from his formative years to the present, and examines the reforms he has introduced to the Soviet Union.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-10. Kort chronicles the life of Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader credited with changing the political and economic nature of the Soviet Union and ending the cold war. The author's portrait is one of a man able to question the system in a nonthreatening way, willing to involve himself in novel approaches to thorny problems, and, as Communist Party general secretary and later Soviet president, possessing an openness not present in previous Soviet leadership. Kort also describes the downside of Gorbachev's policies--economic and political instability--making it clear that the leader has not yet found a solution to these problems and has been only partially able to control them. Kort ends on a note of hope but makes no real predictions about Gorbachev's future success. Chapter notes and further readings are appended; an index is planned. ~--Morton Stern


School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-12-- A readable if somewhat dry biography. The only child of a collective farmer, Gorbachev rose up through the ranks of the Russian Communist Party (predominantly in the area of agriculture) to become the leader of his party as General Secretary in 1985 and his country's president in 1990. While Kort only briefly touches on the more personal parts of Gorbachev's life, the book does provide Western readers with a clear picture of the workings of the Russian political system and Gorbachev's rapid rise. What emerges is a portrait of a man of contradictions: a hard-working, seemingly uninspired party plodder who did not make waves, who has become what the world largely acknowledges as a dynamic, visionary leader of a country in the midst of a cultural, economic, and philosophical revolution. Students will find the book useful for reports and general readers will appreciate the well-presented background on the man and the system. --Louise M. Zuckerman, formerly at San Francisco Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.