Mikhail Gorbatchev: Essential Thoughts

Edited by Michael S. Karlen

More Urgent than Ever: Gorbachev’s Message for the World:
Press Release (pdf)

Table of Contents (pdf)

Photos right and below: An advance copy of the book is presented by the editor to Mikhail Gorbachev on the occasion of his 88th birthday. Moscow, February 28, 2019
An advance copy of the book is presented by the editor to Mikhail Gorbachev on the occasion of his 88th birthday.
Moscow, February 28, 2019





Two Minutes to Midnight – Introduction by Michael S. Karlen

“If you have anything left on your bucket list, do it now, because the world is close to annihilation.” That was the conclusion of news cov-erage of the 2019 Doomsday Clock released by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. This group of scientists and scholars, including 15 Nobel laureates, set the clock at 11:58 p.m. — two minutes before the sym-bolic apocalyptic midnight, the closest the clock has ever been to pre-dicting humanity’s self-destruction. The reason? Nuclear weapons and climate change, the experts say.In 1984, at the height of the Cold War, the Doomsday Clock was set at 11:57 p.m., in a world situation as threatening as today …
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About the book (from the Press Release):

The book’s editor, Michael S. Karlen of Switzerland, has selected text passages by Mikhail Gorbatchev to shed light on a number of current challenges such as the new political thinking, leadership and responsibility, US-Russia relations, climate change and more. Karlen says: “Having studied the subject for over two decades, I felt there was a huge treasure of wisdom, knowledge and practical know-how that should not be lost and that could be of great value and importance to overcome today’s challenges. I have attempted to gather these gems and present them in a concentrated and easily accessible format for a wider audience.”

The majority of texts in this book are selected from Mikhail Gorbachev’s books, speeches, letters and interviews, some never before available in English. Commentaries from contemporaries and historians related to Gorbachev and hiswork are added to give additional historical context and understanding of the Soviet leader’s impact. The book is richly illustrated with historic photographs that offer further glimpses into the personality of this fascinating world figure.

Selected Quotes from „Essential Thoughts“

About the Editor:

A Swiss national, Michael S. Karlen first became interested in Mikhail Gorbachev during his col-lege years in Zurich in the 1980s. After working for the Swiss Foreign Ministry in the departments of disarmament and humanitarian affairs, he be-came in 2005 Secretary-General of the non-profit Comprehensive Dialogue among Civilizations (CDAC), based in Geneva. CDAC’s mission includes develop-ing new ethics to encompass all races, nations and ideologies — work which increased Karlen’s respect for Mikhail Gorbachev’s similar focus in world affairs. This organization was founded by Vladimir Petrovsky, Deputy Foreign Minister under Mikhail Gorbachev and later United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs and Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. As head of CDAC, Karlen worked closely with Petrovsky and in 2015 edited a book about his life (The Master Diplomat: Nuremberg, Wisdom-Light Press, 2015). Through his work with Mr. Petrovsky and later on the book, Karlen became closely acquainted with the vision, ideas and ideals of Perestroika. President Gorbachev wrote the foreword for The Master Diplomat and from then on, Karlen’s contacts with him and with the Gorbachev Foundation became more frequent. Karlen currently lives and works in New York with regular visits to Moscow.For more information about CDAC, see www.comprehensivedialogue.organd about the biography of Vladimir Petrovsky, see www.master-diplomat.com

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