Look and Listen

Do you want to watch a video, hear an audio file, or read an interview to learn more about Gorbachev, about Russia, or about the author? Or use this link to find any available recordings of missed events.



  • Watch a conference panel at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for Public Affairs (“US Presidents Confront the Russians: A Century of Challenge, 1917-2017”). On November 9, Bill Taubman spoke on the panel, “End of the Cold War: An Elusive Victory,” which concerned Gorbachev’s relations with Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Bill hailed the Gorbachev-Reagan relationship as “an almost perfect partnership,” but criticized the Bush administration for being slow to recognize that Gorbachev was the first Soviet leader to view the United States as a potential partner. Two ranking members of that administration responded. (approx. 2 hrs. 25 min.)
  • Watch a short video clip of Bill Taubman talking about Gorbachev’s role in history.
  • See and hear Bill Taubman’s lecture at Wellesley College in winter 2017, “Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?” (approx. 84 minutes).