The Invention of Russia
- From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War
- Narrated by: Michael Page
- Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 06-20-16
- Language: English
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
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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.
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By Don Earl Kauffman on 08-01-17
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 10-03-16
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.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful