The Future Is History

The Future Is History

How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

Book - 2017
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WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW , LOS ANGELES TIMES , WASHINGTON POST , AND NEWSWEEK

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 lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings.

Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781594634536
Characteristics: pages cm

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Chicago Public Library recommends this title as one of the best books published in 2017.

2017 National Book Award winner, Nonfiction

The latest from Gessen, acclaimed commentator and author of biographies of Vladimir Putin and punk band Pussy Riot, is a brilliant look at Russia from the 80s to the present day. Gessen focuses on the experiences of several interesting individuals who grew up in the aftermath of the USSR's breaku... Read More »


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Dec 01, 2017

Wow! This is an excellent book, beautifully written. It is also very frightening. I highly recommend.

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