Author, journalist, activist and 2017 Guggenheim Fellow
Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of ten books of nonfiction, most recently The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, to be published in October 2017. She is also the author of the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (2012). She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, among other publications. She has received numerous awards, including a Carnegie Millennial Fellowship (2015-2016), a Nieman Fellowship (2003-2004), and the 2017 Overseas Press Club Award for Best Commentary. She serves as vice-president of PEN America.
While a Guggenheim Fellow, Gessen will be writing a book tentatively titled How to Destroy a Democracy: Five Lessons in Imagining the Worst and Some Notes on Resistance.
Masha in the media
Autocracy rules for survival – Masha Gessen – The New York Review of Books
Waking up to a Trumpian World – Masha Gessen – The New York Review of Books
Trump’s Incompetence Won’t Save Our Democracy – The New York Review of Books
Can an autocrat be ridiculous? Can a democracy be destroyed by someone who has only the barest idea of what the word “democracy” means? Can pure incompetence plunge the world into a catastrophic war? We don’t like to think so.
We imagine the villains of history as cunning strategists, brilliant masterminds of horror…more
Integrity 20’17 Appearances
FRI 20 OCT
HOW TO DESTROY DEMOCRACY
Lessons on imagining the worst
POWER TO THE PEOPLE
The global rise of populism