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William Taubman

Biography

William Taubman

William Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College. His biography, KHRUSHCHEV: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

William Taubman

Books by William Taubman

by William Taubman - Biography, Nonfiction

When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, the USSR was one of the world’s two superpowers. By 1989, his liberal policies had permanently transformed Soviet Communism, and had made enemies of radicals on the right and left. By 1990 he had ended the Cold War, and in 1991, he unintentionally presided over the collapse of the Soviet Union he had tried to save. In the first comprehensive biography of the final Soviet leader, William Taubman shows how a peasant boy became the Soviet system’s gravedigger, how he clambered to the top of a system designed to keep people like him down, how he found common ground with America’s arch-conservative president Ronald Reagan, and how he permitted the USSR and its East European empire to break apart.