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.


We Suggest…

 

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

 

HOW TO LOSE THE INFORMATION WAR: RUSSIA, FAKE NEWS, AND THE FUTURE OF CONFLICT by Nina Jankowicz

PUTIN’S PEOPLE: HOW THE KGB TOOK BACK RUSSIA AND THEN TOOK ON THE WEST  by Catherine Belton

 

BETWEEN TWO FIRES:TRUTH, AMBITION, AND COMPROMISE IN PUTIN’S RUSSIA by Joshua Yaffa

 

THE GATES OF EUROPE: A HISTORY OF UKRAINE by Serhii Plokhy

RED NOTICE: A TRUE STORY OF HIGH FINANCE, MURDER, AND ONE MAN’S FIGHT FOR JUSTICE by Bill Browder

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

CONFLICT IN UKRAINE: THE UNWINDING OF THE POST-COLD WAR ORDER by Rajan Menon

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

FROM THREE WORLDS: NEW WRITING FROM UKRAINE

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.

LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE

 


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