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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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DS

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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A compelling and important book

The content and the format of this book make it compelling. I listened to it as I read the text. Excellent.

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History made human rather than abstract

By focusing on the lives of a handful of real Russians caught up in the changes sweeping across their country, Gessen helps to make the events around the rise of Putin understandable in human terms. This is a wonderfully written work and, although authors often don't make the best narrarators of their own work, her distinctive voice complements what she has to say about how Putin has snuffed out hopes for a more liberal and open Russia.

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  • 11-06-17

Excellent book.

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

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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history repeating

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To hear the story of individuals watching the world change around them as Putin took power and how easily he was able to convince a country that this is what they wanted should be resonating very well with us as we Americans endure Trump. Masha recognizes the similarities and is able to describe it succinctly

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Good read.

I really enjoyed this book but something about the narration made this book seem harder to follow than I expected. Perhaps I need to see Russian names as I hear them?

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Very Imformatuve-Author Lacking as Narrator

If you could sum up The Future Is History in three words, what would they be?

The narrator has great insight into Putin’s Russia. I felt it was a bit too personalized but that could have been due to author narrating the book. This was a big mistake for several reasons but to name one her inflection and accent were a bit over the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Future Is History?

Unfortunately it was the constant annoyance of the author reading the book. It was verily informative but was lost in the narration.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Masha Gessen?

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