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...
  • M.
    Received my giveaway copy of the book today, huzzah! This will be my next on my list, if I ever finish my current book....
  • 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...
  • Peter Goodman
    “The Future is History: how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia,” by Masha Gessen (Riverhead, 2017). An extraordinary, dismaying book. Gessen is Russian-American: born and raised there, taken to America as a teen, then back to Russia. The story: the death of the USSR as Gorbachev and others t...
  • Tonstant Weader
    Do you ever read a book so good you are calling your friends to read a bit to them? That is the kind of good The Future Is History by Masha Gessen is. It’s a big book, dense with information and ideas. It demands careful reading but rewards the reader with good writing, careful reflection on id...
  • Sue
    For humans, a life without stability is stressful. Russia attempting to move from a dictatorship (totalitarianism, however you want to classify it) to a government with more freedom was a tall order: two steps forward, one step back. Ultimately most will choose the familiar for a sense of security e...
  • 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 ...
  • Carol Douglas
    Masha Gessen knows Russia well. She worked at a journalist there through the Yeltsin years, the rise of Putin, and Putin's consolidation of power. She has written an excellent biography of Putin, The Man Without a Face, which covered him up to 2012. In this new book, she covers the most recent years...
  • 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,...

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