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Anne Applebaum has 1 media appearance.

Nov
28
Q&A with Anne Applebaum
Q&A, Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 0am
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum talked about her book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956. She used newly opened archives and conducted interviews to examine the effects of communist totalitarianism on East Germany, Poland, and Hungary from the end of World War II to the 1956 uprisings following Stalin’s death. She explained how the Soviets created institutions such as the secret police to undermine civil society and increase party control and used propaganda to shape popular opinion and reinforce communist ideology. She contrasted this with the frustration that communist leaders expressed behind closed doors when their economic and societal reforms did not achieve expected results. She also shared her own experiences in the region. She lives in London and Warsaw. Video clips included Churchill’s “iron curtain” speech, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the “Song of the Party,” and her husband, Radek Sikorski, the current foreign minister of Poland. (Shortride)… (more)

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Anne Applebaum attended Yale University and won a Marshall Scholarship to study at the London School of Economics and Oxford University. She moved to Warsaw in 1988 to work for The Economist, providing valuable first-hand reportage on important social and political transitions in Eastern Europe before and after the fall of Communism and the end of the Berlin Wall in 1989. She has been a reporter and editor for the Evening Standard and the Spectator, as well as writing for many other publications, and formerly served as an editorial board member of the Washington Post.
She is also Director of Political Studies at the Legatum Institute in London, where she runs projects on political and economic transition. Her second book, Gulag: A History (2003), was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction. Applebaum speaks English, French, Polish and Russian. She is married to Radoslaw Sikorski, a Polish politician and writer and the couple has two sons. In 2005, her husband served as Minister of Defense of the Polish government.
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