Salve Regina University has announced that William Taubman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer who authored the first comprehensive biography of the Soviet Union’s last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, will discuss Gorbachev’s legacy and its relevance in the age of Russian President Vladimir Putin, when he presents a free public lecture at Salve Regina on Thursday, April 25.

Taubman will present “The Rise and Fall of Mikhail Gorbachev—and Their Lessons for the Putin Era” at 6:30 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center. Taubman is appearing at Salve as part of the university’s John E. McGinty Lecture in History.

Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College. His book, “Gorbachev: His Life and Times” (W.W. Norton, 2017), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography. The work was described by leading diplomat, scholar and journalist Strobe Talbott in the New York Review of Books as a “masterpiece of narrative scholarship.”

Taubman won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for “Khrushchev: The Man and His Era” (W.W. Norton, 2003).

Immediately following the lecture, Taubman will sign copies of his book Gorbachev, which will be available for purchase on site.

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