March 11, 2015

Stephen Kotkin spoke about his book, Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

In the first volume of a planned three-volume life, Kotkin, Princeton history professor and acting director of the university’s Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies program, and Hoover Institution research fellow, shows his subject’s evolution from one-time seminarian to ruthless dictator, linking the man’s traits—paranoia, brutality—to those of both imperial Russia and the Bolshevik power structure.

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ISBN: 9780143127864
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Published: Penguin Books - October 13th, 2015

December 3, 2014

Peter Pomerantsev spoke about his book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia, at Politics & Prose on Wednesday December 3, 2014.

In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show. 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 twenty-first-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 twentieth-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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ISBN: 9781610396004
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Published: PublicAffairs - November 10th, 2015

October 21, 2014

David Greene spoke about his book, Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey Into the Heart of Russia, with NPR's Madhulika Sikka at Politics & Prose on Tuesday October 21, 2014.

Far away from the trendy cafes, designer boutiques, and political protests and crackdowns in Moscow, the real Russia exists. Midnight in Siberia chronicles David Greene s journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway, a 6,000-mile cross-country trip from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok. In quadruple-bunked cabins and stopover towns sprinkled across the country s snowy landscape, Greene speaks with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. These travels offer a glimpse of the new Russia a nation that boasts open elections and new found prosperity but continues to endure oppression, corruption, a dwindling population, and stark inequality.

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ISBN: 9780393351873
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 5th, 2015