Joseph C. Goulden: ‘Gorbachev’ book review

GORBACHEV: HIS LIFE AND TIMES By William Taubman Norton, $39.95, 853 pages In the first sentence of William Taubman’s splendid biography, “Gorbachev: His Life and Times,” Mikhail Gorbachev speaks in the third person to say of himself, “Gorbachev is hard to understand.” Indeed he is. Mr. Gorbachev fought his way to the top of one of…