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

The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen’s understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the li...

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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
    Bias on top of bias on top of bias. 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 descr...
  • 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. ...
  • 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,...
  • Lauren
    The slow transition from one form to another: We see this process, this morphing, through the lives of several individuals - professionals in the 1970/80s USSR, and children born under Soviet control - who witness the shifts through each decade of their lives, and the paths they each take into adult...
  • 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. ...
  • Jeanette
    This explains much about the dichotomies of the Russian citizens' mental, logical, spiritual, economic worldviews. Most of which ride on feelings as much as they do on physical or realistic to quantity facts. It's not just about the period since the 1980's, but that in particular is far more discern...

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