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Anna Reid (born 1965) is an English journalist and author whose work focuses primarily on the history of Eastern Europe.


Early lifeEdit

Reid read law at Oxford University and studied Russian History at the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. After working as a consultant and business journalist, she moved to Kiev, where she acted as the Ukraine correspondent for the Economist from 1993 to 1995. From 2003 to 2007 she worked for the British think-tank Policy Exchange, editing several of their publications[1][2][3] and running the foreign affairs programme.[4]


Reid has published three books on East European history: Borderland: a journey through the history of Ukraine, The Shaman's Coat: A Native History of Siberia, and Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II: 1941-1944. Critics have praised her for her highly descriptive narratives of the locations she studies.[5] She has received especially high praise for Leningrad, which is the first 21st century book-length account of the Siege of Leningrad (modern-day Saint Petersburg) by the Germans from 1941 to 1944.[6] In its use of newly discovered primary sources from the Siege, including private diaries of ordinary citizens who suffered from cold and starvation during the winter of 1941-1942, the book has been called "a relentless chronicle of suffering."[7]

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • Borderland: a journey through the history of Ukraine. Westview Press. 2000. ISBN 0-8133-3792-5.
  • The Shaman's Coat: A Native History of Siberia. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2003. ISBN 0-8027-7676-0.
  • Leningrad: The Epic Siege of World War II: 1941-1944. Bloomsbury Publishing. 2011. ISBN 0-8027-1594-X.


  1. ^ Reid, Anna (2004). Lion Cubs? Lessons from Africa's Success Stories. Policy Exchange. ISBN 0-9545611-4-7.
  2. ^ Loveday, Barry and Anna Reid (2006). Size Isn't Everything: Restructuring Policing in England and Wales. Policy Exchange. ISBN 0-9551909-2-4.
  3. ^ Reid, Anna (2004). Taming Terrorism, It's Been Done Before. Policy Exchange. ISBN 0-9547527-5-9.
  4. ^ "Bloomsbury Publishing Author Biography: Anna Reid". Bloomsbury Publishing Plc. 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  5. ^ Bobrick, Benson (December 15, 2002). "How the East Was Won". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "The siege of Leningrad: 900 days of solitude". The Economist Newspaper Ltd. August 27, 2011. Retrieved September 10, 2011.
  7. ^ O'Donnell, Michael (September 8, 2011). "The untold tragedies of Leningrad". Salon Media Group. Retrieved September 10, 2011.