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Anne Applebaum [ USA ]

Anne Applebaum is a U.S. journalist and historian, born in Washington, D.C. in 1964. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and literature from Yale University and a Master’s degree in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1987. She studied at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, before becoming a correspondent for »The Economist« and moving to Warsaw, the Polish capital, in 1988. As a foreign correspondent, she covered the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1991, she moved to England, where she worked for various print media. In 1994, she published her first book, »Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe«, a travelogue describing the rise of nationalism in the new states of the former Soviet Union. In 2003, she published »Gulag: A History«, a book about the Soviet prison camp system. The book won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and was also nominated for the National Book Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. From 2001 to 2005, Applebaum lived in Washington and was a senior editor at »The Washington Post«. Her book, »Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe 1944-56 (2012)«, was nominated for the National Book Award and was shortlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award in 2013. From 2011 to 2016, she founded and directed the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, an international think tank and nonprofit educational institution based in London. Among other projects, she commissioned a series of papers on corruption in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. Together with the magazine »Foreign Policy«, she founded the Democracy Lab, a website that documents countries’ progress toward or away from democracy. She also began directing the Beyond Propaganda program in 2014, which explores propaganda and disinformation in the 21st century. In 2016, she moved from Legatum to the Institute for Global Affairs at the London School of Economics as a professor. There she directed Arena, a project on disinformation and propaganda in the 21st century, which moved to the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University in fall 2019. In 2017, she published her book on the history of the Holodomor, entitled »Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine«, which won the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. She published »Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism« in 2020, which is a mixture of memoir and political analysis. As a historian specializing in Eastern Europe, Applebaum has been vocal in her criticism of the West’s behavior in connection with Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine since 2014. Applebaum has also written extensively on the history of Central and Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. Applebaum continues to write for »The Atlantic« and is a senior fellow at the Agora Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She lives in Poland.





Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe


New York, 1994


Gulag: A History


New York, 2003


Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956

Allen Lane/Penguin

London, 2012

Gulag Voices : An Anthology

Yale University Press

London, 2011

From a Polish Country House Kitchen

Chronicle Books

San Francisco, 2012

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine

Penguin Randomhouse

London, 2017

Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism


New York, 2020