• Recent U.S. Ambassador to Russia
• Former National Security Council Member
• Author & NBC News Contributor
• Helmerich Trust Speaker
During Michael McFaul’s distinguished career in the political and academic arenas, he has earned a reputation as one of the most renowned experts on foreign affairs. Prior to his ambassadorship, McFaul served as the Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council. McFaul is a professor of Political Science at his alma mater, Stanford University. A Rhodes Scholar, he completed his PhD in international Relations in 1991. McFaul has also authored numerous books and works as an analyst for NBC News.
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Magic City Books/Tulsa Literary Coalition suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library. Visit www.tulsalibrary.org to access the catalog.
Michael A. McFaul: “Foreign Policy Challenges Around the World”
McFaul served as the U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014. He has written many scholarly texts on Russia and the former Soviet Union. Below are two books and a video to expand your knowledge of Russia.
Putin’s Way (DVD 2015). Frontline investigates the accusations of criminality and corruption that have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. Tracing his career back over two decades, Putin’s Way reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule and the specter of a new Cold War.
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Aleksievich (2016). Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, this oral history chronicles the demise of Communism.
Black Wind, White Snow: The Rise of Russia’s New Nationalism by Charles Clover (2016). In this important, thought-provoking work, journalist Charles Clover, former Moscow bureau chief for the Financial Times, attempts to shed light on the sometimes perplexing political actions and ambitions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.