Anne Applebaum was born in Washington, DC in 1964. She studied Russian history and literature at Yale and International Relations at the London School of Economics and St. Anthony’s College, Oxford. She began working as a journalist in 1988, when she moved to Poland to become the Warsaw correspondent for the Economist. She eventually covered the collapse of communism across Central and Eastern Europe, writing for a wide range of newspapers and magazines. She has been a writer at the Economist, foreign and deputy editor at the Spectator and columnist for the Evening Standard. In 2002 she returned to Washington, where she is now a columnist and a member of the editorial board of the Washington Post. She lives in Washington with her husband and two children.