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by Mikhail S. Gorbachev

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0809590778
Author:
Mikhail S. Gorbachev
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Politics & Government
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Borgo Pr (June 1, 1991)
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If your interest is in the World History, late 20th Century history, the Cold War, or the Soviet Union then this book should be on your "must read" list. In this book you see the thinking of a very charming and optimistic man who is oblivious to the fate that history was about to thrust upon him. But knowing what is about to happen to Gorbachev and the Soviet Union makes the reading of this book all the more interesting. 8 people found this helpful.

Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World. He points out that G-7 economic ministers don't follow the US lead. Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Perhaps most interesting about this book is Mr Gorbachev, though recognizant of the failures of the communist regime, still makes a case for the progress that was achieved under communist rule and his belief that socialism is an ideal still to be espoused. That's even more true now in the case of the G-8.

Perestroika, which means restructuring, is Mikhail Gorbachev's own . This is a very important book for Soviet and United States history. In 1985, Gorbachev became Soviet leader and general secretary of the Communist party.

Seventy years after the October Revolution, it constitutes real changes in attitudes, in ideas and in practice that entail a radical alteration of both domestic and foreign policy. Here we have the new, young leader of the USSR speaking not only to Russians but Americans giving his view of both the status of his.

It is an unprecedented blueprint for change that can only have profound implications for the world. Perestroika is the next stage in socialist history, when greater responsibility is delegated to the people, and initiative, openness and a spirit of emulation are strongly encouraged through a real sense of personal involvement

Gorbachev, Mikhail Sergeevich, 1931-. World politics, Perestrojka.

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If your interest is in the World History, late 20th Century history, the Cold War, or the Soviet Union then this book should be on your "must read" list.

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By Mikhail S. His "new thinking" on foreign policy-peaceful coexistence, negotiated disarmament, renunciation of nuclear war, settlement of regional disputes, economic cooperation-is couched in phrases that have been heard before; their real content will be seen in practice

By Mikhail S. His "new thinking" on foreign policy-peaceful coexistence, negotiated disarmament, renunciation of nuclear war, settlement of regional disputes, economic cooperation-is couched in phrases that have been heard before; their real content will be seen in practice. If he is sincere, the world should benefit; if not, it is still good propaganda. Paywall-free reading of new articles posted daily online and almost a century of archives. By Mikhail Gorbachev. GORBACHEV'S ''Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World,'' is just what its title implies. According to the publicity material that came with ''Perestroika,'' when the book's publisher, Simon Michael Bessie, first proposed the idea for the book to the Soviet Embassy in Washington, he said he was ''not interested in speeches or propaganda, but in a real book. Since he has gone ahead and published the result, one assumes the publisher feels he got what he asked for.

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  • DrayLOVE
Sometimes it is nice to re-read something that meant a lot during a moment in human history. As I re-read this book, I not only remembered those days but the similarities between then and now were eye-opening. Written by a world leader, Mikhail Gorbachev shares not only his vision of what the Soviet system should be but also takes the past of his nation to task. If your interest is in the World History, late 20th Century history, the Cold War, or the Soviet Union then this book should be on your "must read" list.
  • Modred
Gorbachev was the first sitting head of state to write a book. It's a bit repetitive, but a good read.
  • Daizil
Gorbachev's magnum opus - now prob ably forgotten

This book absolutely makes my day, since I also have acquired the original Russian-language version for close comparison.
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  • Munimand
This book (Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World) was written just a few years before the Soviet Union collapse, yet provides vital clues to explain the then impending collapse. In the first 30 pages of the book, Gorbachev provides a searing indictment of Soviet society. The economy couldn't produce useful goods and services. The people were demoralized. And the Communist Party, which controlled the government, perpetuated these and numerous other dysfunctional social systems through its top-down mode of operation.

Attempting to revitalize Soviet society, in the mid 1980's, the party finally began its "glasnost" (opening up) and "perestroika" (restructuring) campaigns. Glasnost was an attempt to allow people to freely criticize the government. Perestroika was the attempt to reform and restructure the economy. But these were either too little or too late. The collapse came anyway.

The mystery in the Western world was why it seemingly happened so quickly, and why no one in the West anticipated it. Gorbachev's description of Soviet society illuminates that the collapse did not happen quickly; it had been developing for decades. In a simple phrase, socialism as practiced by the Soviets just did not work. Gorbachev attributes the problems in Soviet society to the government's top-down management style. Orders came from the top. Everyone else was conditioned to simply obey.

Gorbachev argues that with perestroika the Soviet Union would create a new type of democratic socialism that would remedy all the flaws he saw in the existing system. In many gracefully written passages, he explains that he envisions that power and creative ideas would flow up from the people and invigorate the government. The democratic socialism he envisioned would be a far different system than the top-down Soviet style of government. Missing in his book, however, is any description of how the Communist Party itself would have been restructured. It is hard to imagine how the unreformed ruling party could ever have directed the changes Gorbachev says were needed.

Gorbachev discusses at length his belief that the possibility of catastrophic nuclear war forces a new way of thinking about foreign policy and war. The possibility that life on earth could be destroyed requires new concepts that rise above traditional ideological thinking of capitalism vs. socialism. There would be no winners in a nuclear war. We must learn to accept and tolerate our differences. He thinks we can live in peace despite our differences. He discusses the proposals he made to President Reagan to eventually eliminate Soviet and USA nuclear weapons. Although he was unsuccessful in achieving such an arms agreement with Reagan, he is optimistic that such an agreement will eventually come about.

It is unusual for government heads to write books while they are still in power. History too easily makes fools of those who do. In this book you see the thinking of a very charming and optimistic man who is oblivious to the fate that history was about to thrust upon him. But knowing what is about to happen to Gorbachev and the Soviet Union makes the reading of this book all the more interesting.
  • Beabandis
An interesting account, by Mikhail Gorbachev, on "Glasnost" and "Perestroika". The former meaning tranparency and the latter restructuring. Together these would form the foundation of a new Russian politico-economical system. Growing up as a teenager during the Cold War I was exposed to a very different USSR, a country of no shades only absence of colour known as black. Yet, in this colourful account, we see a proud, hard working peoples no different from ourselves. They feel, think and most of all wish to be respected. The central theme of the book is that Lenin's political programme, socialism, was neverly adequately established in the USSR being mired in bureacracy, inefficiencies, and pessimism. These obstructions need to be removed with glasnost and perestroika as starting points. The former leader of the USSR then muses how this could set an example for the world leading to appropriate distribution of resources rather than concentration in a few hands, the latter being responsible for many a revolution and civil strife.

The most striking aspect of the book is how the soviet perspective of world events differed markedly from that broadcast by western media.
  • riki
The seminal work that launched Gorbachev's reform movement. It is written by a young and enthusiatic reformer. This is before the setbacks and opposition to his reforms as being too radical or not radical enough ruined his career and sidetracked the entire program. This book is a good historical review of the failures of Soviet economic policies up to the Brezhnev era. It is an optomistic appeal to save communism by turning it into a socialist democracy. Unfortunately it didn't work out for him or his country. This book is a valuable glimpse into the man and his times and will no doubt become an important work in the historiography of the latter 20th century. Any understanding of the fall of communism and the collapse of the USSR is incomplete without reading it.
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