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The Invention of Russia Audiobook

The Invention of Russia: From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

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The end of Communism and breakup of the Soviet Union was a time of euphoria around the world, but Russia today is violently anti-American and dangerously nationalistic. So how did we go from the promise of those days to the autocratic police state of Putin's new Russia?

The Invention of Russia reaches back to the darkest days of the Cold War to tell the story of the fight for the soul of a nation. With the deep insight only possible for a native son, Arkady Ostrovsky introduces us to the propagandists, oligarchs, and fixers who have set Russia's course since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union yoked together dreamers and strongmen - those who believed in an egalitarian ideal and those who pushed for an even more powerful state. The new Russia is a cynical operation where perpetual fear and war are fueled by a web of lies. Twenty-five years after the Soviet flag came down over the Kremlin, Russia and America are again heading toward a confrontation, but this course was far from inevitable.

With this riveting account of how we got here - of the many mistakes and false promises - Ostrovsky emerges as Russia's most gifted chronicler.

©2015 Arkady Ostrovsky (P)2016 Tantor

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    "Sad Story of Russia's Abandonment of Liberalism"

    Takes the story from the collapse of the Soviet Union to the consolidation of Putin's authoritarian rule. Special attention is paid to the role of the Russian media.

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    Danielle 06-15-17
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    "A history of journalism in Russia"

    Be warned that this book is not really about how the Russia we know today emerged out of the Soviet Union as the title implies, but is really a history of journalism and the media in the Soviet Union and Russia. I still found it to be an interesting read, but if you go into it with different expectations you may be disappointed.

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    Lisa 03-01-17
    Lisa 03-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredibly interesting!"

    Very informative and incredibly interesting. Although the book covers a very lengthy period of time, the author ties the narrative/central theme together very convincingly. I haven't read much about the history of Russia from a Russian/internal perspective. This book was very eye opening.

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    Oliver 12-17-16
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    "Very biased"

    This story has a lot of historical gaps and is a very biased account of history.

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    Cate 11-08-16
    Cate 11-08-16
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    "A little goes a long way"

    Too much B.S., not very objective, I do not recommend this one and I love learning everything Russian

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