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Published: 24 March 2020

512 Pages | 23 black and white illustrations


ISBN: 9780198748700

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The Human Factor

Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War

Archie Brown

  • Tells a dramatic story about the part played by political leaders - particularly the three very different personalities of Gorbachev, Reagan and Thatcher - in ending the standoff that threatened the future of all humanity
  • Written by a historian with vast experience as an academic who has spent much time both in the United States and Russia as well as in his home country, Great Britain, studying East-West relations and the domestic influences on foreign policy
  • Archie Brown is a leading authority on Gorbachev and was the first person to draw Margaret Thatcher's attention to him (at a 1983 Chequers seminar) as a reform-minded likely future Soviet leader
  • The author has conducted interviews and had conversations with many of the important Soviet politicians and advisers of the perestroika period, and with leading British politicians, Foreign Office officials and UK ambassadors to Moscow who were closely involved in policy towards the Soviet Union