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McGinty Lecture: William Taubman

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:30 p.m.

Location: Bazarsky Lecture Hall

Event Type: Public Event

Audience: Public

The third annual John E. McGinty Lecture in History will be delivered by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer William Taubman, who will discuss "The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev - and Their Lessons for the Putin Era."

Taubman's "Gorbachev: His Life and Times," the first comprehensive biography of the last leader of the Soviet Union, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. Leading diplomat, scholar and journalist Strobe Talbott, writing in the New York Review of Books, described the book as a "masterpiece of narrative scholarship." The Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College, Taubman won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for "Khrushchev: The Man and His Era."