ANNE APPLEBAUM's 2018 Atlantic article "A Warning from Europe" inspired this book and was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. After seventeen years as a columnist at The Washington Post, Applebaum became a staff writer at The Atlantic in 2020. She is the author of three critically acclaimed and award-winning histories of the Soviet Union: Red Famine, Iron Curtain, and Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
"Anne Applebaum is a leading historian of communism and a
penetrating investigator of contemporary politics. Here she sets
her sights on the big question, one with which she herself has been
deeply engaged in both Europe and America: How did our democracy go
wrong? This extraordinary document, written with urgency,
intelligence, and understanding, is her answer."
--Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny
"Friendships torn. Ideals betrayed. Alliances broken. In
this, her most personal book, a great historian explains why so
many of those who won the battles for democracy or have spent their
lives proclaiming its values are now succumbing to liars, thugs,
and crooks. Analysis, reportage, and memoir, Twilight of Democracy
fearlessly tells the shameful story of a political generation gone
--David Frum, author of Trumpocracy and Trumpocalypse