Talking Up Russia: Conversation with Suzanne Massie’ 52


Wednesday, May 2, 2018


6:00 pm


Rockefeller Hall 200-Auditorium

Suzanne Massie is an American author who played an important role in the relations between Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union in the final years of the Cold War.

She is the author of several books on Russian culture including The Living Mirror: Five Poets from Leningrad (1972), Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia (1980), Pavlovsk: The Life of a Russian Palace (1999). Most recently she produced a memoir Trust but Verify: Reagan, Russia and Me (2013) focusing on her experiences as a cultural adviser to Ronald Reagan on the Soviet Union when she was acting as an informal messenger between the President and the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. The Russian translation of this volume was just presented in Moscow this year. Massie currently resides in Maine, but travels regularly to Russia and is writing a book about her experiences and her interpretation of the years of dramatic change in the US-Soviet/Russian relations.

Suzanne Massie with Ronald Reagan in 1985 and with Mikhail Gorbachev in 2017.

Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Department of Russian Studies

Angela DePaolo

President's Office