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Putin's best-selling 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" (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each 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 not only against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring 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.

©2017 Masha Gessen (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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The author is an international treasure

I learned so much reading this book. It put much of what I see happening in Russia and the United States into new perspective for me.The material is very accessible. The characters in the story is compelling. I couldn't put it down. I was sad when I came to the end. I'm looking forward to her next book.
Signed, a grateful reader

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A great read for those who want to understand recent history of Russia. The book describes real lives of several Russians on the backdrop of historic events.

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  • 11-06-17

Excellent book.

This is a must for those interested in politics and the situation in Russia today.

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