A book-length interview with Anne Applebaum, conducted by the writer Pawel Potoroczyn, covering her biography, background and views on Poland, Russia, American politics, culture, education and more.
Books by Anne Applebaum
In our turbulent times, we cannot predict what tomorrow will look like. But we know that tomorrow depends on what all of us do today. That is why we have no right to be pessimistic. This is the main argument made by Anne Applebaum and Donald Tusk in this book, a collection of conversations about the most important choices facing Poland, Europe and the world.
GULAG: A HISTORY is a narrative account of the origins and development of the Soviet concentration camps, from Lenin to Gorbachev. Based on archives, interviews, new research and recently published memoirs, the book explains the role that the camps played in the Soviet political and economic system.
From Anne Applebaum’s Introduction:
“The writers in this volume have one thing in common: All of them were arrested for political crimes in the Soviet Union, and all of them spent years – sometimes many years – in the concentration camp system now known as the Gulag. There, however, their similarities end.”
Published in 1995, Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe is an account of a journey from the Baltic to the Black Sea, across Lithuania, Belarus and Ukraine, made in 1991, just as the Soviet Union was about to break apart. Its main subject is the shifting national identities of the region’s inhabitants – the effects of a century’s worth of shifting borders.