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Ir fate Homo Sovieticus notwithstanding and secondly that neither do we in Europe or America and we d better think about thatTowards the end of the book Gessen notes that in June 2017 a Russian opinion No Peace for the Damned poll reported that Russians choice for most outstandingerson of all time in the entire world was Joseph Stalin Gessen s careful telling of the lives of four Russians who saw the Soviet Union collapse and who also saw Putin take ower is a thrill to read Their are three additional characters whose osition in Russian society and olitical influence a thrill to read Their are three additional characters whose osition in Russian society and olitical influence attention Despite following the lives of 7 characters across LANDSCAPES OF CITY TO COUNTRY LIFE of city to country life occupations from sychology to olitics Gessen manages to keep the reader on a ath toward making sense of what it was like for these The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family people to live and in some ways contribute to theolitical results Gessen emerges less surprised than she was at the Shadows in a Timeless Myth project s outset as a journalist she herself covered thiseriod in Russia With attention the reader will too 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 described as depressing and dire and BAD free government sponsored mind you C++ Primer preschoolsortrayed as a cross between baby risons and warehouses really how did we all make it then after attending them this is just one of the most ridiculous exaggerations My memories of my standard reschool include laying a lot outside eating and taking naps and doing arts and learning songs and dancing and going to the beach Well I guess this is how Masha Gessen is making her name in the West She can come up with ridiculously convoluted theories of why Russians welcome and love Putin homo soveticus my ass but the reality is simple not many Russians could make it in a cut throat unregulated ost Zees Story perestroika capitalist Russia including myarents who could barely keep it together in the new free market Is this so hard to comprehend that majority wanted to go back to the time of altry but guaranteed income free medical services and uality education They thought Putin would bring back the often imagined rosy ast and they still think the same way nowRead Secondhand Time The Last of the Soviets for something balanced a criticism with a erspective and understanding 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 oneThe uality of journalism aired with the incredible insight to the timelines of the USSR are unprecedentedMasha s reporting illustrates far than the growth of a totalitarian culture it gives you the ersonal socioeconomic mental 1984 like capacity and so much that all comes along with it I just hope she keeps writing The Future is History by Masha GessenThis book won the National Book Award in 2017 It is an oddly constructed read tracing the last thirty years of Russia Four Russians born in the 1980 s at the dawn of democracy are rofiled as they grow into adulthood of the new Millennium Due to their All Lost Things political beliefs and in some cases sexual identities they become opponents of the Putin regime on the losing side of thisolitical struggle But the story also tracks Yeltsin and Putin so there are in effect six arallel stories In the mid to late 90 s disillusioned Russians felt outrage towards NATO s involvement in the Balkans which included the airstrikes in Serbia Additionally the militants in Chechnya were causing a great deal of outrage too Many Russians were nostalgic for the old days of motherland Lo and behold into the void steps Vladimir Putin He wins an election romoting his neo nationalist agenda Bit by bit his regime dismantles Russia s semi democratic trajectory into what is a totalitarian state today3 stars In a nutshell the writing is good and the author has a great deal of knowledge about Russia but the storytelling is sub One Man's Justice par The author should have followed at most oneerson s story in tandem with the over arching theme of Russia s march to autocracy The book is not A Little Hotel On The Side particularly dramatic At times it feels like a regurgitation of well integrated newspaper articles about Russia over thiseriod This is understandable since the author is a journalist but in the end the read just fell flat for me Taking the Heute Ziehst Du Aus: Roman past forty or so years of Russian history from its emergence from to its retreat back into Totalitarianism this book focuses on individuals who experienced firsthand this false dawn and the brokenromise of democracy since the fall of the Soviet Union The stories of individuals and activists getting a breath of freedom only to see it submerged under Putin Gives some interesting insights to the way ordinary and some not so ordinary Russians think. 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 tim. The Future Is History How Totalitarianism Reclaimed RussiaWas blowing could mean the difference between life and death Gessen s account on contemporary Russia is about how Russia is not America than how Russia really is At one oint she writes Intellectuals were always falling into the trap of mistaking the written word for a true mirror of life I hope the readers of this book won t fall into the same trap 4 stars for the content and 3 stars for the audioIn The Future Is History Masha Gessen looks at Russia since the mid 1980s to today It s not a The Magnanimous Heart prettyicture She focuses on three young eople born in the mid 1980s from different backgrounds She weaves in a lot of history and olitical theory She essentially argues that contemporary Russia is under a totalitarian regime zeroing on themes like the lack of true elections and state sanctioned homophobiaFor anyone interested in recent Russian history and contemporary Over Mintmarks and Hot Repunched Mintmarks politics Gessen s book is very rich It has a real human dimension whileroviding a lot of deeper olitical and historical context Gessen herself is originally from Russia so it also feels like her book comes from a lace of deep understanding This is a sympathetic One Day in December portrait ofeople living in difficult circumstancesBut because there is so much to this book I really don t recommend the audio It was sometimes hard to keep track of Alamo Story: From Early History to Current Conflicts people and events Also Gessen narrates this one herself and she reads very fast in a bit of an odd staccato voiceGreat book for those interested in the topic But read it don t listen to it This is an important bookItsurpose is to explain how and why Russia returned to a state of totalitarianism despite the initial hope and democratisation of the Yeltsin eriod Why did the Russian eople not fasten on to their new freedoms in the way that the citizens of the Baltic republics and to a lesser extent those of Ukraine didMasha Gessen s explanation explores via the lives of seven individuals and through three disciplines which did not exist in the Soviet Isabel de Solis, Soraya: Un Cuento de Amor En La Alhambra period sociologysychoanalysis and opinion Out of the Box polling theersistence of what she calls Homo SovieticusThis character the opinion The First Secret of Edwin Hoff polling and a bit lesslausibly the sychoanalysis suggest did not fade away after the collapse of the Soviet Union nor even with the assing of generations Putin era youth groups like Nashi differ little from their Soviets euivalents Most citizens fear the open expanse of liberal freedom referring the narrow corridor of the authoritarian StateMost Russians the book says yearn not for change and opportunity and the responsibility and anxiety that may go with them but for order imposed from above and strength and stability Strong and stable where have we heard that latelyThe book contains a discussion of the recise meaning of totalitarianism Hannah Arendt is uoted along with other writers But the País íntim precise meaning is largely beside theoint In 2017 opposition olitics in Russia is all but impossible If you oppose Putin you may be murdered like Boris Nemtsov Elections are rigged even if Putin opponents are excluded and rigging is therefore unnecessary Academics are monitored for ideological conformity Demonstrations are all but impossible to stage Protesters may be arrested by the hundred Justice is arbitrary and controlled by the executive Corruption aboundsGessen discusses whether a totalitarian state needs an ideology The answer appears to be not necessarily but it helps especially when you are getting started and you The answer appears to be not necessarily but it helps especially when you are getting started and you change it as circumstances demand And the ideology should be a single simple idea Like MAGA or Brexit erhapsThe current ideology is Eurasia or Greater Russia as eople in Ukraine are well aware and its high riest is Alexander Dugin Dugin is the Steve Bannon or Nigel Farage of Russia only worse According to this book Dugin has a Lignin Biodegradation: Microbiology, Chemistry, and Potential Applications: Volume II personal connection to the American neo Nazi Richard Spencer the Hail Trump guyDugin s ideology is all about traditional family values which are threatened by Western liberalism There are no such things he says as universal human values Liberal social but not economic ideas are to be abhorred they are Western and an affront to white Christian civilisation as epitomised by the Russian World Putin is thus the leader of a movement to restore European Civilisation This is where it gets really scary LGBTeople are deviants who deserve to be liuidated the Russian opinion Something Wicked polling on this is devastating And a warning this book contains descriptions of homophobic vigilante violence tacitly state sanctioned that may cost you sleepTo what extent doeople like Bannon Spencer Farage Le Pen and Trump buy into Dugin s despicable ideology How intent are they on spreading it outside of Russia They may seem like comic villains but we should ask ourselves this uestion before we laugh too muchApart from Nemtsov the characters in Gessen s book survive though most of them leave Russia The book leaves you feeling firstly that Russians do not deserve the. Lows the lives of four Velvet Ropes (Club Undercover people born at whatromised 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. .



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The slow transition from one form to another We see this process this morphing through the lives of several individuals rofessionals in the 197080s USSR and children born under Soviet control who this morphing through the lives of several individuals rofessionals in the 197080s USSR and children born under Soviet control who the shifts through each decade of their lives and the aths they each take into adulthoodGessen is an artful researcher and interviewer She shares the lives of her subjects without judgement She reserves her criticisms for the government there is a lengthy discussion on how to define the modern Russian state authoritarian totalitarian illiberal democracy etc but bears these out with the systematic abuses of ower and human rights violations and how they affect the lives of all of her subjectsWe trace
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days of and erestroika through the fall and rise of Yeltsin and finally the long tenure of Putin as it lays out to 2016 and there s been since She spends chapters on Ukraine and the Orange Revolution the rotests in 2010 and on the dissidence of Pussy Riot and other activists and the encroachment in Crimea including a short history of the region and the various ethnic cleansings that took lace there in the over the last century Perhaps the most interesting thing that Gessen shows is the mental state and health of a country or several countries as former Soviet states now stand independent and how hopelessness depression and anxiety are used as control measuresI will be chewing on this one for a long while It is a dense read 500 ages interspersing history and Nacht politics withersonal stories and one of the most important and rescient books that I have read in yearsGessen is a top tier writer and I want to return to her work very soon One of the most stunningly brilliant books I have read this year If you are interested in Russia Putinism and the depth sychology of totalitarianism you will find this book fascinating Gessen is utterly brilliant Imagine the United States collapses in the near future And imagine someone decides to write about the collapse of contemporary America 20 25 years from now focusing only on Trump racism overty health care etc In order to do so this erson follows the rise of Richard Spencer and the lives of a bunch of liberal middle class individuals from NYC LA and let s say Houston Would this be a fair depiction of life in the US Yet this is what Masha Gessen does with the Soviet Union and Russia in her book Gessen is a Jewish woman who was told by her The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together parents that in order to beat the Soviet antisemitic machine they could no longer live in our country something that she herself would tell her children years later before leaving Moscow for New York This is what the reader is warned about in therologue some sort of guidelines to frame the events narrated in the book Gessen traces the life trajectories of six different Curse of Rocky Colavito people who grew up in theost Soviet space lus Aleksandr Dugin who makes sporadic and at times incomprehensible appearances here and there The idea of using other eople lives seems to give a lot of credibility to the oint Gessen tries to make which to ut it bluntly can be summed up as the Soviet Union was a terrible lace to be and Russia is not any better The roblem though is that if you choose to The Kennel Club's Illustrated Breed Standards: The Official Guide to Registered Breeds portray the life of the son of aarty official of the daughter of a famous Sons of Brahma politician of the grandson of Alexander Yakovlev etc theicture that you get will get cannot ossibly be complete And that s understandable Masha Gessen together with some of her rotagonists is an intelligent and she tells the stories of the eople she knows and relates to Keep that in mind she tells the story What we hear in the book are not the voices of the six rotagonists but their stories filtered by the author s voice which makes all the difference in the world Gessen is a journalist with a specific agenda she is not Svetlana Alexievich The result is a book that tries to explain the slow descent of Russia into totalitarianism without really ortraying the eople who have been supporting Putin for than twenty years because she dismisses them as the embodiment of Homo Sovieticus who was and is only able of doublethink And the reason is that Gessen doesn t know these Tocqueville people she doesn t want to acknowledge them like Clinton saying that Trump s supporters were deplorables When Gessen talks about Occupy Pedophilia a short lived movement active in 2013 14 she uses the word thug to describe the guys involved in it but the underlying reasoning is the sameGessen is angry at Russia therefore sherops up her biased account with negative comments about every Rebel Girls possible aspect of life there from the Cathedral of Christ the Savior that looks like a gaudy giant wedding cake to the geometric tiles of the sidewalks in Moscow resembling tombstones from the small number of movies that had beenroduced in the Soviet Union which is false to grand statements about the Soviet Union such as knowing which way the wind. The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how in the space of a generation Russia surrendered to a 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 fol.