Andrea Pitzer is a journalist who loves to unearth lost history. In addition to One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, she is the author of The Secret History of Vladimir Nabokov and the forthcoming book Icebound: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World, about Dutch navigator William Barents, who was stranded in the Arctic during the winter of 1596.
Andrea’s writing has appeared many places in print and online, from the Washington Post, the New York Review of Books, The Daily Beast, Vox, Slate, and USA Today to Longreads and Lapham’s Quarterly. She has spoken on her work at the 92nd Street Y and Smithsonian Associates, as well as presenting on panels at the Modern Language Association (MLA), the International Journalism Festival, and the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). Andrea has also lectured on history and narrative journalism in the U.S. and abroad.
Events and ideas that were once common knowledge but have fallen from public memory fascinate her, as does humanity’s tendency not to learn from history. After archival research and reporting on four continents, she feels most at home in libraries or on a boat in the far North.
Books by Andrea Pitzer
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Most of us associate concentration camps with Nazi Germany, but they are not, in fact, relics of the past or confined to one particular episode of history. Andrea Pitzer, author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, talks us through memoirs and books that illuminate a tool that has been widely used, since the late 19th century, for the mass detention of civilians without trial.