Professor Timothy Garton Ash is the author of eleven books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last half century. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He writes columns on international affairs in The Guardian.

His books include ‘Und willst Du nicht mein Bruder sein …’ Die DDR heute (1981), a book published in West Germany about what was then still East Germany; The Polish Revolution: Solidarity (1983); The Uses of Adversity: Essays on the Fate of Central Europe (1989); We the People: The Revolution of '89 witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (1990); In Europe's Name: Germany and the Divided Continent (1993); The File: A Personal History (1997); History of the Present: Essays, Sketches and Despatches from Europe in the 1990s (1997), Free World: Why a crisis of the West reveals the opportunity of our time (2004) and, most recently, Facts are Subversive: Political Writing from a Decade Without a Name (2009).