The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia (Hardcover)

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Written like a taut, psychological novel, this was my favorite non-fiction title from 2017. Gessen charts the psyche of the modern Russian citizen, and in doing so she covers ground from revolution through Stalin’s terror, perestroika, the downfall of the Soviet Union, and Putin’s authoritarian reign. It’s a hard book to read, as always in the back of my mind was our current state of insanity in the U.S., most especially when she writes about Russian politicians inflaming anti-LGBT violence as a political platform. But it’s Gessen’s courage in forging ahead and incredible writing that kept me going. I knew very little about Russia when I started this book, and by the end I felt like I could see it much more clearly.
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WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, LOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, BOSTON GLOBE, SEATTLE TIMES, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, NEWSWEEK, PASTE, 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.

About the Author


Masha Gessen is a staff writer at the New Yorker and the author of several books, among them The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. The recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Amherst College and lives in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781594634536
ISBN-10: 159463453X
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 528
Language: English