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New Yorker writer Masha Geesen’s National Book Award winner is extremely ambitious and insightful. Geeshen uses the powerful life stories of people born during the collapse of the Soviet Union and then came of age during the brief period where Russia appeared to be moving towards individual freedom and democracy, to tell how the lives of Russians drastically changed and the country moved to becoming a totalitarian state under Vladimir Putin. Geesen’s detailed stories and observations help readers understand how Russia has slowly but drastically transformed in this century. The Future is History requires a lot of patience from readers, but will fascinate those who love reading about history and politics and want to understand Russia better.
WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
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and POP SUGAR 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.