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Philip Taubman is a lecturer at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. His biography of George Shultz, In The Nation's Service: The Life and Times of George P. Shultz, will be published by Stanford University Press in January 2023. 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. At the Times, Taubman served as a Washington correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, deputy editorial page editor, Washington bureau chief and associate editor. He is currently working on a book about Robert McNamara. 

Before joining the New York Times, he worked as a correspondent for Time magazine and was sports editor of Esquire. He was a member of the Stanford Board of Trustees, 1978-1982, and served as secretary of the Stanford Board, 2011-2018. He is author of The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb (Harper Collins, 2012) and Secret Empire: Eisenhower, the CIA, and the Hidden Story of America's Space Espionage (Simon & Schuster, 2003). Taubman was a history major at Stanford, Class of 1970, and served as editor-in-chief of the Stanford Daily in 1969.

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