Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author on Khrushchev to Speak at Wellesley College March 10

For immediate release:
February 24, 2005
Arlie Corday

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- William Taubman, winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for biography for his book on Nikita Khrushchev, will speak about “Khrushchev: The Man and His Era” on Thursday, March 10, at 8 pm in Pendleton Atrium on the Wellesley College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

“Today—as Americans watch with concern the erosion of Russia’s vulnerable democratic processes—we have much to learn from the experience of Nikita Khrushchev,” said Nina Tumarkin, director of Wellesley’s Russian Area Studies Program, which is sponsoring the event. “The fate of this ebullient and flawed reformer who led the U.S.S.R. through some of the most dangerous years of the Cold War after the death of Stalin will illuminate, among other things, the impact (for better and for worse) of personality on politics in Russia. Taubman will share some of his profound and uniquely intimate knowledge about the man who took the Soviet Union from Stalinism to the perils of superpower diplomacy on a grand and global scale.”

Taubman, a professor of political science at Amherst College, is an internationally known expert on Russia, the former Soviet Union and the Cold War. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era won the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography, the 2004 Vucinich Prize of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the Robert H. Ferrell Book Prize of the Society of Historians of American Foreign Policy and the Independent Publishers Book Prize for biography. One of Taubman’s many books, Khrushchev was reviewed on the front pages of The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and other in many other book reviews. It was selected by those newspapers, as well as by The Economist, as one of “the best books of 2003.” For more information, call 781-283-2602.

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