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Definition Soviet statesman whose foreign policy brought an end to the Cold War and whose domestic policy introduced major reforms (b. 1931)
  • Mr. de Klerk, I said, echoing Mrs. Thatcher's famous description of Mr. Gorbachev, was a man we could do business with.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Now there was yet a new Russia under Gorbachev, a new Soviet Union, in fact, and his old age welcomed it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • He thinks he's Gorbachev.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate!
    Ronald Reagan  --  Tear Down This Wall Speech
  • This Gorbachev that walks around with that thing on his head.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • The walls of his office were covered with plaques and mementos, with photographs of Carl beside presidents, famous ballplayers, former employees, grandchildren, priests, cardinals, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Pope.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I counted at least half a dozen people seated near me in the Grand Ballroom who fell asleep during Gorbachev's speech.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • A group of patrons at a Moscow Pizza Hut thanked him in the ad for bringing the fast food chain to Russia and then shouted "Hail to Gorbachev!"
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • In response Gorbachev saluted them by raising a slice of pizza.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • "You must have a lot of money," Gorbachev said.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • A few minutes into Gorbachev's speech, the audience began to lose interest.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • "I like America," Gorbachev said with a broad smile.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • At the age of sixty-nine Gorbachev looked remarkably unchanged from his appearance during the Reagan years.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • For his hour-long speech at the Mirage, Gorbachev was promised a fee of $150,000 and the use of a private jet.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Gorbachev sounded like a politician from a distant era, from a time before sound bites.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The day after Gorbachev's speech at the Mirage, Bob Dylan performed at the grand opening of the new Mandalay Bay casino.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • As a Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev never learned when to leave the stage, a flaw that led to his humiliating defeat in the election of 1996.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Not long afterward Mikhail Gorbachev appeared onstage and received a standing ovation.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • In December of 1997, Gorbachev appeared in a Pizza Hut commercial, following in the footsteps of Cindy Crawford and Ivana Trump.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • But the fall of the Berlin Wall had thrown Gorbachev out of power and left him in a precarious financial condition.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation

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