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Anne Applebaum: Twilight of Democracy

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Anne Applebaum deconstructs the psychology and motivations of today’s crazed conspiracy theorists and populists in Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism, an incisive examination of the longstanding struggle between democracy and dictatorship. 

Drawing on high-level relationships forged across Europe and America, and an exemplary understanding of contemporary and historical politics, Twilight of Democracy is a confronting and illuminating analysis of a polarised world. In this online event streamed live from Adelaide Writers’ Week, Applebaum will be in conversation with Sally Warhaft. 

This event is broadcast from 1.45pm AEDT Wednesday 3 March, and available on demand until Friday 5 March.

Instructions on how to view the event will be sent to ticket holders and FAQ's are available here. Need help accessing the stream? Please email for support.

Presented in partnership with Adelaide Writers’ Week.

The online bookseller for this event will be Imprints.


Portrait of Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is a staff writer for the Atlantic and a Senior Fellow of the Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Her previous books include Iron Curtain, winner of the Cundill Prize and a finalist for the National Book Award, and Gulag, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction and a finalist for three other major prizes. She lives in Poland with her husband, Radek Sikorski, a Polish politician, and their two children.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.


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