Formerly a member of the Washington Post editorial board, she has also worked as the Foreign and Deputy Editor of the Spectator magazine in London, as the Political Editor of the Evening Standard, and as a columnist at several British newspapers, including the Daily and Sunday Telegraphs. From 1988-1991 she covered the collapse of communism as the Warsaw correspondent of the Economist magazine.
Her most recent book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, published in 2012, describes the imposition of Soviet totalitarianism in Central Europe after the Second World War.Iron Curtain won the Cundill Prize for Historical Literature, the Duke of Westminster Medal, and an Arthur Ross Silver Medal from the Council on Foreign Relations. It was also shortlisted for the National Book Award and the Pen/Faulkner Award.
Her previous book, Gulag: A History, was published in 2003 and won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 2004. The book narrates the history of the Soviet concentration camps system and describes daily life in the camps, making extensive use of recently opened Russian archives, as well as memoirs and interviews. Gulag: A History has appeared in more than two dozen translations, including all major European languages.
Anne Applebaum is the co-author of a cookbook, From a Polish Country House Kitchen, and the author of a 1993 travelogue, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe, which describes a journey across Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine just before the break-up of the Soviet Union. She also edited Gulag Voices, an anthology of Gulag memoirs.
Over the years, her writing has also appeared in The New York Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, The New Criterion, The Weekly Standard, the New Republic, The National Review, The New Statesman, The Independent, The Guardian, Prospect, Commentaire, Die Welt, Cicero, Gazeta Wyborcza, Dziennik, and The Times Literary Supplement, as well as in several anthologies. The Washington Post/Slate column appears in newspapers across the US and around the world. She has also lectured at Yale and Columbia Universities; the University of Heidelberg; the University of Zurich; the Humboldt University in Berlin; and Lafayette, Davidson, and Williams Colleges, among many others. In 2012-13 she held the Phillipe Roman Chair of History and International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Anne Applebaum was born in Washington, DC in 1964. After graduating from Yale University, she was a Marshall Scholar at the LSE and St. Antony’s College, Oxford. Her husband, Radoslaw Sikorski, is a Polish politician and writer. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz.