On Page 37 of "Gorbachev," subtitled "A Biography," the reader discovers that Mikhail S. Gorbachev, general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, was once a yuppie.
It happened in 1970, and the author presents his evidence in one paragraph, as follows:
"By this time, Michael and Raisa Gorbachev had a baby, a daughter, Irina. Gorbachev was with his political and administrative duties. Raisa was a primary school teacher in Stavropol. They needed help to look after the child and the home; so sympathetic friends helped them find a housekeeper; they were like any other upwardly mobile young couple."
Pretty skimpy stuff, but--by comparison with the rest of this work about the the head man in the Kremlin--rich in detail. "Gorbachev" is obviously drawn largely from clippings from various journals, papered over by a few interviews and turned loose in the book market to make it on its name alone. Even there, the reader is shortchanged because the book does not mention Gorbachev's middle initial.
The book is less biography than it is description, in no great detail, of the houses and trees around a street intersection, interspersed with rumors that Gorbachev had once been seen in the neighborhood.