In 1985, in the midst of a newly heightened Cold War, a new world leader emerged:
Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev.
"We can't go on living like this," Gorbachev said. He meant: his nation was past a point of no return. They were fighting a no-win war in Afghanistan. The confrontational American president was bankrupting them with his gargantuan military buildup. And the Soviets feared that the Americans just might create "Star Wars," a missile defense shield that would make their entire nuclear arsenal impotent.
Gorbachev had to do something.
This presentation gives Gorbachev's background, what he wanted to do, and it also paints a detailed portrait of the Cold War across the world. Includes many tales of the Revolutions of 1989.