Masha Gessen is a Russian and American journalist, the author of ten books of nonfiction, including the 2012 bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and, most recently, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (coming from Riverhead in October). She is a contributing opinion writer to The New York Times and a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books as well as Harper’s, The New Yorker, and other publications. She has been a Nieman Fellow and a Carnegie Millennial Fellow, among other awards and honors. She serves as vice president of PEN America. She has spent most of her life living in Moscow, but now makes her home in New York City.