Wilson Center Experts

William Chase Taubman

Kennan Institute

Russia and Eurasia
Professor, Amherst College
Wilson Center Project(s):
Khrushchev: A Biography

Project Summary

A comprehensive biography of Khrushchev, detailing how he rose from humble origins into Stalin’s inner circle, how he survived and succeeded Stalin, how he attempted to reform the Stalinist system and improve relations with the West, and why he failed. Uses his life as a mirror to the Soviet age as a whole, raising the question of wehtehr Russia itself is reformable.