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"This is a masterpiece. Philip Taubman, one of the great reporters and editors from The New York Times, has dug forever and found the real, authentic George Shultz, one of the true peacemakers of the 20th century. Essentially positive but not avoiding some well-documented criticisms, this biography reminds me of David McCullough's classic biographies of Presidents John Adams and Harry Truman — defining and sure-footed in every paragraph."

- ​Bob Woodward

Philip Taubman is a lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Before joining CISAC in 2008, Mr. Taubman worked at the New York Times as a reporter and editor for nearly 30 years, specializing in national security issues, including United States diplomacy, and intelligence and defense policy and operations. He served as Moscow bureau chief and Washington bureau chief, among other posts. He is author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb (2012), Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage (2003), and In the Nation's Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz (2023)

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Stanford University Press, January 2023

Without George Shultz, Ronald Reagan could not have achieved the most important foreign policy accomplishment of his presidency: the unwinding of the Cold War. Shultz’s gift for forging relationships and his passion for finding practical solutions to complex challenges allowed him to alter the arc of history during the Reagan administration, often in the face of withering resistance. His prescient warnings in recent years about climate change, technological advances and Russian expansionism set him apart from an increasingly illiberal Republican Party. With the help of exclusive access to Shultz’s papers — including a secret diary maintained by one of his executive assistants while Shultz was secretary of state — longtime New York Times reporter and editor Philip Taubman chronicles Shultz’s life and provides an insider account of his struggle to gain command of American foreign policy.

From the Archives

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George Shultz: Photos, Videos, Declassified Documents, & More

Philip Taubman consulted a wide range of archival documents and historical sources to write In The Nation's Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz. Taubman benefited from exclusive access to Secretary Shultz's papers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, along with photos, videos and written materials from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and beyond. Here are some of the resources that Taubman used to build his book.

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