Anna Reid is a historian and journalist. She is the author of Borderland: a Journey through the History of Ukraine, now in its fourth edition, The Shaman's Coat: a Native History of Siberia, and Leningrad: Tragedy of a City under Siege, 1941-44, which was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize and has been translated into eighteen languages. From 1993-5 she was Kyiv correspondent for The Economist, from 2002-6 she was director of the foreign policy programme at the think tank Policy Exchange, and she is a trustee of the Ukrainian Institute London. She lives in London.
"Reid brilliantly depicts the disastrous failure of our intervention in the ""Russian"" civil war. The atmosphere, the characters, the absurdity are all there -- Antony Beevor In witty, elegant prose, Anna Reid uncovers the true story of the West's failed and forgotten attempt to reverse the Bolshevik revolution. Excellent background to today's events -- Anne Applebaum Britain's most forgotten war, brilliantly remembered -- Simon Jenkins Reid brings this little-known period thrillingly back to life . . . A vivid and sparkling account, full of colour and dark drama -- The Observer Chillingly original -- Max Hastings, 'Pick of the Week', The Times"