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Anne Applebaum

Columnist at The Washington Post & 2004 Pulitzer Prize Laureate for Nonfiction
Country: UNITED STATES, POLAND
Fields of Expertise: History of Pre-Communist and Communist Europe

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is a writer and a columnist at The Washington Post. Born in Washington DC, Anne Applebaum graduated from Yale University and was a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Her book “Gulag: A History” won the Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction in 2004. It narrates the history of the Soviet concentration camps system, describing their daily lives, and it is based on the extensive use of recently opened Russian archives, as well as memoirs and interviews. Her previous books include “Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956”, that won the 2012 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature and the Duke of Westminster Medal. Both “Iron Curtain” and “Gulag: A History” were National Book Award finalists. Her newest book “Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine” was published in October 2017.

Applebaum is Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs, where she runs ARENA, a program on disinformation and XXI century propaganda. ARENA analyses the root causes of distorted information, polarization and hate speech, in order to create a counter response. She has also lectured at Yale, Harvard and Columbia Universities, as well as in Oxford, Cambridge and London. Over the years, her writing appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, The Independent and The Guardian, among many other media.

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