Archie Brown is a British political scientist and historian who taught for 34 years at Oxford University where he is now Emeritus Professor of Politics and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony’s College. His books include The Gorbachev Factor (US and UK: Oxford University Press, 1996) and The Rise and Fall of Communism (UK: The Bodley Head; US: Ecco 2009), both of which won the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize for best politics book of the year and the Alec Nove Prize. The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age (UK: The Bodley Head; US: Basic Books) was named by Bill Gates as one of his Best Books of 2016.
His most recent work is The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, and Thatcher, and the End of the Cold War (UK and US: Oxford University Press, 2020) (A ‘first-class book’, Sunday Times; ‘masterly’, Financial Times).
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