Personally hand signed by Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Easton Press. Norwalk, CT. 1994 "Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World" Mikhail Gorbachev. Signed Limited Edition. Full genuine leather. Limited to only 250 signed and numbered copies. This is number 170. "SIGNED LIMITED EDITION" as stated on the title page. Original publisher issued cloth slipcase. One of the most rare and valuable Easton Press signed limited editions ever produced. A collector's heirloom edition that is luxuriously bound in full premium leather. A very fine signed copy in the original shrink-wrap, which was removed only once to verify autograph and number.
Octavo, original full burgundy morocco gilt, raised bands, watered silk endpapers, all edges gilt, with original cloth slipcase.
About the book
This book (Perestroika: New Thinking for Our Country and the World) was written just a few years before the Soviet Union collapse, yet provides vital clues to explain the then impending collapse. In the first 30 pages of the book, Gorbachev provides a searing indictment of Soviet society. The economy couldn't produce useful goods and services. The people were demoralized. And the Communist Party, which controlled the government, perpetuated these and numerous other dysfunctional social systems through its top-down mode of operation.
Attempting to revitalize Soviet society, in the mid 1980's, the party finally began its "glasnost" (opening up) and "perestroika" (restructuring) campaigns. Glasnost was an attempt to allow people to freely criticize the government. Perestroika was the attempt to reform and restructure the economy. But these were either too little or too late. The collapse came anyway.
The mystery in the Western world was why it seemingly happened so quickly, and why no one in the West anticipated it. Gorbachev's description of Soviet society illuminates that the collapse did not happen quickly; it had been developing for decades. In a simple phrase, socialism as practiced by the Soviets just did not work. Gorbachev attributes the problems in Soviet society to the government's top-down management style. Orders came from the top. Everyone else was conditioned to simply obey.