One such puzzle is the phenomenon of Gorbachev. Dozens of books and thousands of articles have already been written about his upbringing, his decisions, his words, his image, his career, and his behavior. His wife, close associates, friends, and enemies have written books about him. Yet the real Gorbachev, as man and as politician, still defies explanation. Perhaps the most striking paradox of the Gorbachev puzzle is the fact that a leader so admired around the world could be so hated despised, and pitied by so many people in his own country. He captured the imaginations of the world and was talked about as a new messiah, yet so many of his countrymen, when asked about Gorbachev, could hardly fight back their loathing toward "the man who changed the world." The political dimension of Gorbachev's saga is the drama of gaining enormous power and losing it all.Mikheyev, Dimitry is the author of 'Rise and Fall of Gorbachev' with ISBN 9781558130418 and ISBN 1558130411.