As Russia’s war on Ukraine enters its second week, we continue to find ways to both combat and understand the events that have led us to this moment in global history. When the world makes little sense, we turn to the journalists, authors and thinkers who help to enlighten us + to a new episode of Mitchell’s podcast (see below) where he is joined by Dr. Olha Poliukhovych, writer, philosopher, and professor of humanities at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine’s oldest university.
*EVENT REMINDER: Later this month, we have the honor of hosting the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi to discuss the global and subversive power of literature.
THE ROAD TO UNFREEDOM: RUSSIA, EUROPE, AMERICA by Timothy Snyder
THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE: THE UNLIKELY RISE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN by Masha Gessen
THE FUTURE IS HISTORY: HOW TOTALITARIANISM RECLAIMED RUSSIA by Masha Gessen
RED FAMINE: STALIN’S WAR ON UKRAINE by Anne Applebaum
BLOODLANDS: EUOPE BETWEEN HITLER AND STALIN by Timothy Snyder
NOTHING IS TRUE AND EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE: THE SURREAL HEART OF THE NEW RUSSIA by Peter Pomerantsev
PUTIN’S PEOPLE: HOW THE KGB TOOK BACK RUSSIA AND THEN TOOK ON THE WEST by Catherine Belton
THE GATES OF EUROPE: A HISTORY OF UKRAINE by Serhii Plokhy
FREEZING ORDER: A TRUE STORY OF MONEY, LAUNDERING, MURDER, AND SURVIVING VLADIMIR PUTIN’S WRATH by Bill Browder
TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY: THE SEDUCTIVE LURE OF AUTHORITARIANISM by Anne Applebaum
BORDERLAND: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE HISTORY OF UKRAINE by Anne Reid
THE INVENTION OF RUSSIA: THE RISE OF PUTIN AND THE AGE OF FAKE NEWS by Arkady Ostorvsky
THE NEW TSAR: THE RISE AND REIGN OF VLADIMIR PUTIN by Steven Lee Myers
THE PLOT TO DESTROY DEMOCRACY: HOW PUTIN AND HIS SPIES ARE UNDERMINING AMERICA AND DISMANTLING THE WEST by Malcolm Nance
RUSSIAN ROULETTE: THE INSIDE STORY OF PUTIN’S WAR ON AMERICA AND THE ELECTION OF DONALD TRUMP by Michael Isikoff
HERE, RIGHT MATTERS: AN AMERICAN STORY by Alexander Vindman Lt. Col.. U.S. Army (RET.)
SURVIVING AUTOCRACY by Masha Gessen
I WILL DIE IN A FOREIGN LAND: A NOVEL by Kalani Pickhart
Edited by Askold Melnyczuk, Ed Hogan, and Michael Naydan
NEW EPISODE: Literary Life with Mitchell Kaplan podcast featuring
Askold Melnyczuk & Olha Poliukhovych, Ph.D.
The War in Ukraine
Joining Mitchell Kaplan from Ukraine is Dr. Olha Poliukhovych, writer, philosopher, and professor of humanities at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine’s oldest university. From Boston, Askold Melnyczuk, acclaimed novelist, short story writer, founding member of Writers for Democratic Action, and co-editor of From Three Worlds, an anthology of Ukrainian writers. “When I read or hear the news from abroad, I see Ukrainian crisis, conflict, Ukrainian-Russia conflict…It’s not a conflict; it’s war,” said Dr. Poliukhovych.