Iuliia Mendel, The Fight of our Lives

Thu. Sep 15, 2022 at 7:30pm EDT
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Iuliia Mendel, The Fight of our Lives

31st Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA, In Partnership with Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the American Jewish Committee, Atlanta, Presents


IULIIA MENDEL, The Fight of our Lives: My Time with Zelenskyy, Ukraine's Battle for Democracy, and What it Means to the World


In Conversation with Bill Nigut, Senior Executive Producer, Georgia Public Broadcasting; Host of Political Rewind

Author Talk, Audience Q & A, Book Signing


This is an in-person event at the Marcus JCC of Atlanta. Masks are optional but encouraged. 


Books will also be available for purchase on the evening of the event from the official bookseller of the book festival, A Cappella Books.


When Ukrainian journalist Iuliia Mendel got the call she had been hired to work for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, she had no idea what was to come. In this frank and moving inside account, Zelenskyy’s former press secretary tells the story of his improbable rise from popular comedian to the president of Ukraine. Mendel had a front row seat to many of the key events preceding the 2022 Russian invasion. From attending meetings between Zelenskyy and Putin and other European leaders, visiting the front lines in Donbas, to fielding press inquiries after the infamous phone calls between Donald Trump and Zelenskyy that led to Trump’s first impeachment.


Mendel saw firsthand Zelenskyy’s efforts to transform his country from a poor, backward Soviet state into a vibrant, prosperous European democracy. Mendel sheds light on the massive economic problems facing Ukraine and the entrenched corrupt oligarchs in league with Russia. She witnessed the Kremlin’s repeated attacks to discredit Zelenskyy through disinformation and an army of bots and trolls.


Woven into her account are details about her own life as a member of Zelenskyy’s new Ukraine. Written with the sound of Russian bombs and exploding shells in the background, Mendel details life lived under Russian siege in 2022. She says goodbye to her fiancé who joins the front lines, like so many other Ukrainian men. Throughout this story of Zelenskyy, Ukraine, and its extraordinary people, Iuliia Mendel reminds us of the paramount importance of truth and human values, especially in these darkest of times.


Before winning a competition to become President Zelenskyy’s press secretary, Iuliia Mendel spent 14 years working as a TV and print journalist and a communications consultant for the World Bank.

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Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta 5342 Tilly Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30338