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Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell's Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of 21st-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, home to a form of dictatorship far subtler than 20th century strains, that is rapidly rising to challenge the West.
When British producer Peter Pomerantsev plunges into the booming Russian TV industry, he gains access to every nook and corrupt cranny of the country. He is brought to smoky rooms for meetings with propaganda gurus running the nerve-center of the Russian media machine, and visits Siberian mafia-towns and the salons of the international super-rich in London and the US. As the Putin regime becomes more aggressive, Pomerantsev finds himself drawn further into the system.
Dazzling yet piercingly insightful, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible is an unforgettable voyage into a country spinning from decadence into madness.
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By Elle Kay on 11-25-16
This book really took me by surprise. I just couldn't stop listening once I started. The anecdotal stories are really fascinating and a little bit comical, but the absolute best part about Nothing Is True and Everything is Possible is that it's non fiction!
I found this book to be superbly written. It flows at the perfect pace and is by no means an information overload. There are a lot of facts, but at the same time there are a lot of stories about different situations with a colorful array of characters. Antony Ferguson's reading is outstanding. It feels like the author is telling you his story, rather than it being a separate person. I would give the performance more than 5 stars if I could!
I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in Russia, and for those that love well written and entertaining non-fiction.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher- thank you!
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Brad E. on 12-14-16
A fascinating read about media in Putin's Russia
A really interesting look at how the Russian central authority has adapted control of the media since the fall of Soviet Russia. It is an important cautionary tale for Western democracies trying to grapple with the rise of authoritarianism, a loss of faith in mainstream journalism and an epidemic of fake news.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful