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Getting Gorbachev right

Archie Brown responds to Ferdinand Mount's critical review of his new book "The Myth of the Strong Leader"

By Archie Brown  

Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher in London in 1987 ©Getty Images

I don’t think I have ever before replied to a book review, but there is too much that is misleading in Ferdinand Mount’s lengthy discussion of The Myth of the Strong Leader (Prospect, April) and of my views on the Soviet Union for it to pass unanswered. My first objection is to the silly title the piece was given, “V for vendetta.” To say, as Mount does, that I have a “personal vendetta” against Tony Blair is absurd, although I…

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