Gorbachev - coverMikhail Gorbachev
World Leaders Past & Present series

Submitter: Out of date and a B&W format. What could be more appealing in a YA book?  I am loathe to buy hardcover contemporary biographies because they are out of date by the time they hit library shelves. This book circulated once, twenty years ago, and most likely it was for the required biography book report. My library also has another title in the series on Anwar Sadat. They are both going to book purgatory. From the collection of [a] middle school.

Holly: This book was published in 1986, before any of the most important aspects of Gorbachev’s career as a world leader happened. It’s perfectly reasonable for a middle school library to have a book about Gorbachev, but it should really tell the whole story of the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Fun facts: Gorbachev appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial in 1997, and also recorded an album of Russian ballads in 2009. (Source)

Gorbachev - the CPSU

Gorbachev - Chronology

Gorbachev - back cover



  1. Gorby also was in one of the endings to the video game Street Fighter II 🙂

  2. I read probably the entire World Leaders Past and Present series when I was a boy. I remember a Gorbachev one but suspect it may have been a later revised version.

    A 1986 edition unfortunately must have unfortunately been very much “and Present” was probably out of date the moment it came out.

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