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The War Won't End Until Putin Loses

Offering the Russian president a face-saving compromise will only enable future aggression.

By Anne Applebaum

Photo Mikhail Klimentyev / Sputnik / AFP / Getty


What Liberals Misunderstand about Authoritarianism

Each Tuesday and Friday, Ezra Klein of The New York Times hosts his award-winning podcast with a conversation about something that matters.

In this episode, Anne Applebaum joins to discuss what Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism reveals about the fragility of liberal democracy.

Available wherever you get your podcasts.


Why the past 10 years of American life have been uniquely stupid

It's not just a phase.

by Jonathan Haidt.

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist at the New York University Stern School of Business. He is the author of The Righteous Mind and the co-author of The Coddling of the American Mind

Illustration by Nicolás Ortega. Source: "Turris Babel," Coenraet Decker, 1679.


Vladimir Putin's Hall of Mirrors

The Russian president sees the world through the lens of maskirovka and provokatsiia.

By Timothy Snyder

Photo Sasha Mordovets / Getty

About the author: Timothy Snyder is the Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author of a number of books on Ukrainian, Russian, and Soviet history, including Bloodlands and 

Sketches from a Secret War.

Mussolini to the 




Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Get ready for our October event with American historian and cultural critic Ruth Ben-Ghiat. In her latest book she examines how authoritarians use propaganda, virility, corruption, and violence to stay in power, and how they can be opposed.

Read Charles Kaiser's review in The Guardian HERE

Red Famine
Stalin's War on Ukraine



Anne Applebaum

This is a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes. A must read for our current situation - it offers background to the current conflict, and starts with a chapter on the longer history of Ukraine. All 2022 royalties go to Ukrainian charities.



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