THE MAN WHO CHANGED THE WORLD: THE LIVES OF MIKHAIL S. GORBACHEV
by Gail Sheehy
HarperCollins; 416 pages; $22.95
If it is not an old Russian proverb, it should be: When skating on thin ice, move quickly. Like Gail Sheehy, who has learned some fast footwork and slick maneuvers during her career as a New Journalist and pop psychologist. Her biography of the Soviet leader marks Sheehy's debut as a pop political scientist.
Sheehy has the sort of drive and self-confidence that must have impressed her gloomy Soviet hosts. Like a laptop Barbara Walters, she attempts to bag "top" officials, those...