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After years of rapprochement, the relationship between Russia and the West is more strained now than it has ever been in the past 25 years. Putin's motives, his reasons for seeking confrontation with the West, remain for many a mystery. Not for Mikhail Gorbachev. In this new work, Russia's elder statesman draws on his wealth of knowledge and experience to reveal the development of Putin's regime and the intentions behind it. He argues that in order to further his own personal power, Putin has corrupted the achievements of perestroika and created a system which offers no future for Russia. Faced with this, Gorbachev advocates a radical reform of politics and new fostering of pluralism and social democracy.

Gorbachev's insightful analysis moves beyond internal politics to address wider problems in the region, including the Ukraine conflict, as well as the global challenges of poverty and climate change. Above all else, he insists that solutions are to be found by returning to the atmosphere of dialogue and cooperation which was so instrumental in ending the Cold War.

This book represents the summation of Gorbachev's thinking on the course that Russia has taken since 1991 and stands as a testament to one of the greatest and most influential statesmen of the 20th century.

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Hardcover
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509503872
ISBN10
1509503870
Publication Dates ROW:
May 2016
Publication Dates US:
May 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
May 2016


Format
237 x 160 mm
9.30 x 6.30 in
Pages
400 pages
E-book
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509503919
ISBN10
1509503919
Publication Dates ROW:
Jun 2016
Publication Dates US:
Jun 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jun 2016


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
400 pages
Wiley E-Text
Status
Available
Edition
First Edition
ISBN
9781509509744
ISBN10
1509509747
Publication Dates ROW:
Jul 2016
Publication Dates US:
May 2016
Publication Dates Aus & NZ:
Jul 2016


Format
229 x 152 mm
9.02 x 5.98 in
Pages
400 pages

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Reviews

"This is a reminder of how vast was [Gorbachev's] achievement in allowing in the light of freedom. Where his contemporary, Nelson Mandela, was great beyond the whites' deserts in building a post-apartheid nation, Mr Gorbachev was great beyond the deserts of the Soviet Union (and perhaps even of the west, which could barely understand or trust him) in proposing a way for the despotic world to aspire to democratic governance, freely organised civil society and rule of law. That he failed, he keenly knows. Our best hope is that his ideas, in time, succeed."
Financial Times

"Mikhail Gorbachev, with his prodigious intellect, vast experience, and powers of perception, gives us his views spanning from his time in office to the present day. As he says, 'Life teaches you more than any teacher,' and we all can learn by reading this account of his extraordinary life."
—George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States

"Gorbachev was on the right side of history. One day the Russian people will recognize that they have as much reason to be grateful to him as do the rest of us. This important book explains why."
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom

"Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev recounts his reaction to events over the past quarter century, from the collapse of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the Russian Federation, to the revival of Cold-War-like confrontation with the West and the return of authoritarian governance in Russia itself. Gorbachev deplores the fact that Russia has deviated from the path to democracy that was the aim of his perestroika, but also points out that U.S. and Western policies have contributed to the current Cold War atmosphere. Gorbachev’s The New Russia is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand why the 'Europe Whole and Free' that Gorbachev and his Western partners tried to create still eludes us. His suggestions for a return to East-West cooperation and for a resumption of democratic reform in Russia itself are timely and much needed."
Jack F. Matlock, former United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia

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Table of Contents

1 To my readers

2 Preface: Perestroika and the future

3 Trying to bury me

4 I After Perestroika

5 II Whither Russia?

6 III Today's uneasy world

7 Conclusion

8 Reflections of an optimist

9 Index

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Author Information

Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union, serving as General Secretary of the Communist Part from 1985 to 1991. Since then, he has maintained an active role in world affairs through the Gorbachev Foundation, a non-profit think tank which promotes democracy and humanitarian initiatives globally.

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