Anne Applebaum

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Anne Applebaum is a journalist and author who has written extensively about issues related to communism and the development of civil society in Eastern Europe and the USSR / Russia. As of 2005, she is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the Washington Post.

Born in Washington, DC in 1964, she attended Yale University, and was a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics and St Antony's College, Oxford before moving to Warsaw, Poland in 1988. Working for the Economist, she provided rich firsthand (unsigned) coverage of important social and political transitions in Eastern Europe, both before and after the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, which she also reported. In 1992 she was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award.

Applebaum lived in both London and Warsaw during the 1990s, and was for several years a widely-read columnist for London's Evening Standard newspaper. She wrote about the workings of Westminster, and opined on issues foreign and domestic.

Applebaum's first book, Between East and West, is a travelogue, and was awarded an Adolph Bentinck Prize in 1996. Her second book, Gulag: A History, was published in 2003 and was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction writing. The Pulitzer committee named Gulag: A History a "landmark work of historical scholarship and an indelible contribution to the complex, ongoing, necessary quest for truth."

Applebaum, who is fluent in English, French, Polish, and Russian, is married to Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician and writer. She has two children.

Further reading

  • Anne Applebaum, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe, Pantheon Books, October, 1994, hardcover, ISBN 0679421505; another hardcover edition, Random House, 1995, ISBN 0517159066 Introduction online (http://www.anneapplebaum.com/eastwest/intro.html)
  • Anne Applebaum, Gulag: A History, Doubleday, April, 2003, hardcover, 677 pages, ISBN 0767900561; trade paperback, Bantam Dell, 11 May, 2004, 736 pages, ISBN 1400034094 Introduction online (http://www.anneapplebaum.com/gulag/intro.html)

External links

Adapted from the article Anne Applebaum (http://www.wikinfo.org/wiki.phtml?title=Anne_Applebaum), from Wikinfo, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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