In spite of being instantly recognisable and so
influential to the contemporary world,
Gorbachev remains something of an enigma.
This work considers why this is still the case,
and in looking at such a complex character,
sheds light on the nature of political leadership, the problems of
historical reputation, the reliability of sources and the essence and
meaning of the twentieth century itself. Gorbachev: Man of the
Twentieth Century? offers students of History and Politics a fresh
interpretation of ‘the man who ended the Cold War’.