Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Anne Elizabeth Applebaum (born 25 July 1964) is a journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who has written extensively about communism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. As of 2006, she is a columnist and member of the editorial board of the "Washington Post".


Born in Washington, DC in 1964 to a wealthy Jewish couple, Harvey M. and Elizabeth Applebaum, she was a 1982 graduate of the prestigious Sidwell Friends School. She earned a B.A. (summa cum laude) from Yale University in 1986, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. As a Marshall Scholar at the London School of Economics she earned another bachelor's degree. [cite news
title=Anne E. Applebaum to Wed in June
work=New York Times
location=New York City
quote=...summa cum laude graduate of Yale University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
] She studied at St Antony's College, Oxford before moving to Warsaw, Poland in 1988. Working for "The Economist", she provided coverage of important social and political transitions in Eastern Europe, both before and after the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 1992 she was awarded the Charles Douglas-Home Memorial Trust Award.

Applebaum was originally booked on the Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York City during its disaster flight on December 21, 1988. However, a week before take-off, she postponed her journey by one day in order to visit friends at Oxford. [cite web
url=| |title=Anne Applebaum -- I Was Booked on Flight 103
Reproduced from The Sunday Telegraph

Applebaum lived in 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, "", was published in 2003 and was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction writing. The Pulitzer committee named "Gulag" a "landmark work of historical scholarship and an indelible contribution to the complex, ongoing, necessary quest for truth."

Applebaum is fluentFact|date=April 2008 in English, French, Polish and Russian. She is married to Radosław Sikorski, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs. They have two children, Alexander and Tadeusz. [cite web
title=Minister of Foreign Affairs Radosław Sikorski
publisher=Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland
quote=Radosław Sikorski is married to journalist and writer Anne Applebaum, who won the 2004 Pulitzer prize for her book “Gulag: A History”. They have two sons: Aleksander and Tadeusz.

On May 24, 2006, she wrote that she was leaving Washington to live again in Poland. [ [ So Long, Washington (for Now)] by Anne Applebaum, Washington Post, 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2008-04-23]

Anne Applebaum was a George Herbert Walker Bush/ Axel Springer Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, in spring 2008.


*cite book
title=Contemporary Authors Online,
chapter=Anne Applebaum
Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Michigan.: Gale, 2008.


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Further reading

* Anne Applebaum, "Between East and West: Across the Borderlands of Europe", Pantheon Books, October, 1994, hardcover, ISBN 0-679-42150-5; another hardcover edition, Random House, 1995, ISBN 0-517-15906-6 [ Introduction online]
* Anne Applebaum, "Gulag: A History", Doubleday, April, 2003, hardcover, 677 pages, ISBN 0-7679-0056-1; trade paperback, Bantam Dell, 11 May, 2004, 736 pages, ISBN 1-4000-3409-4 [ Introduction online]

See also

* Mask of Sorrow
* Julius Margolin
* Robert Conquest

External links

* []
* [ 2005 Pulitzer Prize citation for "Gulag: A History"]
* [ Opinions, Washington Post (free registration required)]
* [ GULAG: Many Days, Many Lives, Online Exhibit, Center for History and New Media, George Mason University]
* [ Gulag: Forced Labor Camps, Online Exhibition, Open Society Archives]
* [ Map of Gulag]
* [ of labour camps all over the USSR]
* [ Virtual Gulag Museum]
* cite news
title=BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Camps Of Terror, Often Overlooked
work=New York Times

* [ "A Movie That Matters" — Applebaum's review of Andrzej Wajda movie Katyń]
* [ The Economics of Forced Labour: The Soviet Gulag (ed. by Paul Gregory, Valery Lazarev), Stanford: Hoover Institution Press, 2003]
* [ The Gulag Collection: Paintings by Former Prisoner Nikolai Getman]
* [ Gulag prisoners at work, 1936-1937] Photoalbum at NYPL Digital Gallery
* [ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: "Saving the Nation Is the Utmost Priority for the State"] interview in "Moscow News" (Aug. 26, 2007)
* [ GULAG 113] - Canadian film about Estonians in the GULAG
* [ Gulag] Collection of publications and photo about Gulag by IPV News (Russian). However, correctness of the site's contents is [ disputed] (Russian). See discussion.
* [ Solovetsky camp]
* [ THE GULAG] Revelations from the Russian Archives at Library of Congress
* [ "Gulag: A History" (Doubleday, 2003), a review by Hans Sherrer for "Justice:Denied" magazine]

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