The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. Hailed for her "fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia" by the Wall Street Journal, award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her n...

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  • Jillian Doherty
    Admittedly this book took me longer to read than most I've read in the last year – it's because there's at least five books with in this one!The quality of journalism, paired with the incredible insight to the timelines of the USSR are unprecedented.Masha's reporting illustrates far more than t...
  • Erik van Mechelen
    Gessen's careful telling of the lives of four Russians who saw the Soviet Union collapse and who also saw Putin take power is a thrill to read. Their are three additional characters whose position in Russian society and political influence garners attention. Despite following the lives of 7 characte...
  • Hadrian
    Superb illustration of Russia's slide into totalitarianism over the past three decades, through the lives of four ordinary Russians and three members of the intelligentsia. I'm impressed how Gessen finds these people - a young gay man in a rural town, the daughter of a businesswoman, a grandson of a...
  • Tatiana
    I feel about this book the way I felt about The Bronze Horseman. It is clearly written by an emigrant from Russia who hates EVERYTHING about Russia. There is no attempt to be objective here, vitriol in every sentence, where even the most innocuous things are described as depressing and dire and BAD ...
  • Esil
    4 stars for the content and 3 stars for the audio.In The Future Is History, Masha Gessen looks at Russia since the mid 1980s to today. It's not a pretty picture. She focuses on three young people born in the mid-1980s, from different backgrounds. She weaves in a lot of history and political theory. ...
  • Brian Jackson
    Quite an amazing book, part history, part novel, with good doses of sociology and philosophy thrown in. I think this is an important book that Americans should read to better understand post-Cold War Russia as well as the present political moment we're living through in our own country.Masha Gessen ...
  • Rory Harden
    This is an important book.Its purpose is to explain how, and why, Russia returned to a state of totalitarianism despite the initial hope and democratisation of the Yeltsin period. Why did the Russian people not fasten on to their new freedoms in the way that the citizens of the Baltic republics and,...
  • AC
    One of the most stunningly brilliant books I have read this year. If you are interested in Russia, Putinism, and the depth psychology of totalitarianism, you will find this book fascinating. Gessen is utterly brilliant. ...
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Taking the past forty or so years of Russian history from its emergence from to its retreat back into Totalitarianism this book focuses of individuals who experienced firsthand this false dawn and the broken promise of democracy since the fall of the Soviet Union. The stories of individuals and acti...

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