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"A startling new interpretation of the period ... a stunning book."―David Denby, New Yorker
"A superb and harrowing history."―Financial Times
"Genuinely shattering.... I have never seen a book like it."―Istvan Deak, New Republic
"A brave and original history of mass killing in the twentieth century."―Anne Applebaum, New York Review of Books
"A magisterial work.... Snyder's account in engaging, encyclopedic."―Foreign Affairs
"Gripping and comprehensive.... Mr. Snyder's book is revisionist history of the best kind: in spare, closely argued
prose, with meticulous use of statistics, he makes the reader rethink some of the best-known episodes in Europe's modern
"Snyder...compels us to look squarely at the full range of destruction committed first by Stalin's regime and then by
Hitler's Reich.... A comprehensive and eloquent account."―New York Times Book Revew
"A superb work of scholarship, full of revealing detail, cleverly compiled...and in places beautifully written....
Snyder does justice to the horror of his subject through the power of storytelling."―The Sunday Times (London)
About the Author
Timothy Snyder is the Housum Professor of History at Yale University and a permanent fellow at the
Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He received his doctorate from the University of Oxford in 1997, where he was a
British Marshall Scholar. Before joining the faculty at Yale in 2001, he held fellowships in Paris, Vienna, and Warsaw,
and an Academy Scholarship at Harvard.
He has spent some ten years in Europe, and speaks five and reads ten European languages. Among his publications are
several award-winning books, all of which have been translated: Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A
Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1998, revised edition 2016); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine,
Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist's Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine
(2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); On Tyranny (2017); and The Road to Unfreedom
(2018). He has written for publications including the New York Review of Books, the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, the
Times Literary Supplement, Nation, The New Republic, the International Herald Tribune, and the Wall Street Journal.