Philip Taubman

Philip Taubman,  Lecturer, Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation; author; 30-year career with the New York Times

How George Schultz Ended the Cold War


Drawing on exclusive access to Shultz’s papers and a secret diary kept by a Shultz assistant, Taubman reveals Shultz’s patience and foresight as he worked to create order in a largely dysfunctional Reagan administration.

Taubman comes to the task of assessing Shultz’s impact on our nation’s history after a distinguished career as a reporter and editor for the New York Times.  Taubman specialized in national security issues, including United States diplomacy, intelligence and defense policy and operations.  He served as the Moscow bureau chief and Washington bureau chief, among other posts.

In 2015 Taubman came as a lecturer to the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.  He is the author of Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA and the Hidden Story of America’s Space Espionage (2003); The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb (2012); and In the Nation’s Service:  The Life and Times of George P. Shultz (2023).