The Gulag - a vast array of Soviet concentration camps that held millions of political and criminal prisoners - was a system of repression and punishment that terrorized the entire society, embodying the worst tendencies of Soviet communism. In this magisterial and acclaimed history, Anne Applebaum offers the first fully documented portrait of the Gulag, from its origins in the Russian Revolution, through its expansion under Stalin, to its collapse in the era of glasnost.
"Riveting story, flawed performance"
At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union to its surprise and delight found itself in control of a huge swath of territory in Eastern Europe. Stalin and his secret police set out to convert a dozen radically different countries to Communism, a completely new political and moral system. In Iron Curtain, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum describes how the Communist regimes of Eastern Europe were created and what daily life was like once they were complete.
"Important story, imperfectly executed"
It’s important to acknowledge when you’ve been wrong, and I’ve probably never been so wrong as I was in an op-ed published on April 13, 2010. At the time, I was stunned by a terrible tragedy: the crash of a plane that had carried the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski.
"Putin’s Power Plays" is from the September 29, 2015 Ideas and Controversy section of The Washington Post. It was written by Anne Applebaum and narrated by Sam Scholl.
Even now, gazing back through the jaundiced lens of subsequent experience, Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign speech in Berlin still seems an extraordinary occasion.
"Britain's Decision to Leave the EU Is a Warning to America" is from the June 24, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Anne Applebaum and narrated by Jenny Hoops.
It’s not party politics that bother them: These are conservatives, by Swedish standards, and Republican presidents have suited them in the past. Trump’s tweeting and bragging don’t bother them that much either, though they find it unseemly. The real problem is deeper: Sweden’s economic and political model depends on Pax Americana, the set of American-written and American-backed rules that have governed transatlantic commerce and politics for 70 years — and they fear Trump will bring Pax Americana crashing down.
"‘What Happens to Us?’ Why Sweden Is So Worried About the Trump Administration." is from the February 08, 2017 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Anne Applebaum and narrated by Sam Scholl.
For the United States and for Europe, the moment of reckoning has now arrived: The West as we know it is nearing the end of its life. The United States of America has just elected as president a man who not only brags about groping women and swindles his business partners but who also openly dislikes America’s traditional allies—and Europeans most of all.
"How Russia Could Spark a U.S. Electoral Disaster" is from the September 08, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Anne Applebaum and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Brexit Referendum Transcends the Economy" is from the June 21, 2016 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Anne Applebaum and narrated by Sam Scholl.
"Two Ships", by Adam Gopnik; "A Mission Gone Wrong", by Mattathias Schwartz; "The Impossible Body", by Jonah Weiner; and "Home Truths", by David Denby.
"Liberal Agendas", by John Cassidy; "Farm Barge", by Mark Singer; "Street Cop", by Nicholas Lemann; "Anti-Semite and Jew", by Anne Applebaum; and "Back to the Past", by Anthony Lane.
This edition of CatoAudio features Stephen Moore on lessons of the California recall; Bradley A. Smith on campaign finance reform; David Schoenbrod on congressional accountability for federal regulations; Dr. Thomas Szasz on the statist roots of psychiatry; Mario Vargas Llosa on the need for a culture of liberty in Latin America; and Anne Applebaum on the history of the Soviet gulag.