The Corner

Chronicler of Evil

Anne Applebaum has written a new book, Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine. It is about the “terror-famine” of 1932–34. She has also written Gulag: A History and Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–1956. As you can see, she does not pick the cheeriest of subjects. But she picks important ones, and she is utterly authoritative on them.

Applebaum is my guest on the latest Q&A. We discuss Ukraine, past and present. (That land is not exactly trouble-free today.) We talk about Putin and Russia. We talk about Poland, Hungary, and more.

I always say, it’s nice to be in the hands of an authority — especially an authority with a moral sense, as well as scholarly and literary skills. Anne Applebaum is such a person.

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