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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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant. Brain Changing,

Both the author and the narrator are brilliant the other has introduced me to the deep intellectualism of the Russian psyche and the narrator could be reading anything and I would listen to him. I could listen for hours just to his
pronouncing Russian names.

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Hard to follow at first, but hang in there, it's worth it!

Some of the early stuff was hard to keep track of. Had to get the hard book so I could keep track of who's who. But once you get into the more recognizable names of the post-Soviet era it got very engaging and relevant.

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History of Russian media and journalism after end of

This book is an overview of history of Russia after the end of USSR. It is focused mainly on history of media and journalism, except for the first 4 years of Yeltsin reign. Some important events are briefly mentioned and other are covered from a single point of view. This might provide biased understanding. This shortcoming is can be tolerated because this is the only overview of that period of Russian history that I found on Audible.

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Enlghtening and frightening

Detailed and frightening history of Russia's descent into fascism and it's threat to the rest of the world.

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comprehensive

for those who want to know about the near failed state that is Russia and the "appeal" of a thug like Putin, this is a good place to start

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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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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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Very biased

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

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 9 people found this review helpful