Da svidania Gorby
As I read the news about the death of Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, I was reminded of my attempts to contact the former leader of the Soviet Union. I had always been impressed with what seemed to be his logical steps toward “reformed communism” through perestroika, feeling that one problem with his country was its obsession with secrecy. His solution was glasnost – openness – which he hoped would promote frankness and economic efficiency to strengthen communism.
If ever there was an individual who pushed the boundaries, it was Mikhail Gorbachev. I felt he would be an ideal contender for my book, “Pushing The Boundaries. How To Get More Out Of Life” (pushingtheboundaries.life) and managed to get my request to him translated into Russian. But try as I might (and believe me, I made numerous enquiries to his publisher and various other enterprises with which he was involved), I could never get a response. And so, Gorby would be the “one who got away”, a fairly regular characteristic of the type of non-fiction books I write. Too bad.
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