• The Invention of Russia

  • From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War
  • By: Arkady Ostrovsky
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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The Invention of Russia

By: Arkady Ostrovsky
Narrated by: Michael Page
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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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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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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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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.

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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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Great insight on Russian/Soviet News

Great insight on Russian/Soviet News organization and the people that manage it. As well of the usage of it as a tool.

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very informative and insightful.

Russia can be complicated to understand due to massive amounts of propaganda. The accuracy of the rise and fall of communism is imperative to understanding the rise of Putin. The corruption of Russia threatens to corrupt other countries around the world. Putting and his Cadre of billionaires are actively investing billions of dollars abroad financially corrupting others. This book begins to explain how this is happening.

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A PERFECT example of how to voiceover a book.

Clear voice actor. Good pace. Great pronunciation skills. EQ on male voice actor is just right. All English with New England, USA, accent made it very relaxing for the ears. No background music.
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A case-study in the powerful effect of state media

A fascinating book on the history of modern Russia. The take home for me was the tremendous effect the state media had in swaying the understanding and will of the public.