Putin: His Downfall and Russia's Coming Crash


Author: Richard Lourie
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250135966
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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An electrifying and timely book, by leading Russian expert Richard Lourie, that explores Putin's failures and whether Trump's election gives Putin extraordinarily dangerous opportunities in our mad new world. "A master chronicler of modern Russia. Drawing on his own expertise, Lourie paints a convincing portrait of a ruthless authoritarian leader headed toward failure. This book serves as an essential primer on Putin and, by extension, Russia."—Publishers Weekly For reasons that are made clear in this book, Putin’s Russia will collapse just as Imperial Russia did in 1917 and as Soviet Russia did in 1991. The only questions are when, how violently, and with how much peril for the world. The U.S. election complicates everything, including: · Putin’s next land grab · Exploitations of the Arctic · Cyber-espionage · Putin and China ...and many more crucial topics. Putin: His Downfall and Russia's Coming Crash is an essential read for everybody bewildered and dismayed by the new world order.

Putin: His Downfall and Russia's Coming Crash


Author: Richard Lourie
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
ISBN: 0312538081
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 288
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"For reasons that are made clear in this book, Putin's Russia will collapse just as Imperial Russia did in 1917 and as Soviet Russia did in 1991. The only questions are when, how violently, and with how much peril for the world. The U.S. election complicates everything, including: Putin's next land grab; Exploitations of the Arctic; Cyber-espionage; Putin and China... and many more crucial topics. An essential read for everybody bewildered and dismayed by the new world order"--Provided by publisher.

All the Kremlin's Men

Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin
Author: Mikhail Zygar
Publisher: Public Affairs
ISBN: 1610397398
Category: Political Science
Page: 384
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Collapse of an Empire

Lessons for Modern Russia
Author: Yegor Gaidar
Publisher: Brookings Institution Press
ISBN: 9780815731153
Category: Political Science
Page: 332
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"My goal is to show the reader that the Soviet political and economic system was unstable by its very nature. It was just a question of when and how it would collapse...." —From the Introduction to Collapse of an Empire The Soviet Union was an empire in many senses of the word—a vast mix of far-flung regions and accidental citizens by way of conquest or annexation. Typical of such empires, it was built on shaky foundations. That instability made its demise inevitable, asserts Yegor Gaidar, former prime minister of Russia and architect of the "shock therapy" economic reforms of the 1990s. Yet a growing desire to return to the glory days of empire is pushing today's Russia backward into many of the same traps that made the Soviet Union untenable. In this important new book, Gaidar clearly illustrates why Russian nostalgia for empire is dangerous and ill-fated: "Dreams of returning to another era are illusory. Attempts to do so will lead to defeat." Gaidar uses world history, the Soviet experience, and economic analysis to demonstrate why swimming against this tide of history would be a huge mistake. The USSR sowed the seeds of its own economic destruction, and Gaidar worries that Russia is repeating some of those mistakes. Once again, for example, the nation is putting too many eggs into one basket, leaving the nation vulnerable to fluctuations in the energy market. The Soviets had used revenues from energy sales to prop up struggling sectors such as agriculture, which was so thoroughly ravaged by hyperindustrialization that the Soviet Union became a net importer of food. When oil prices dropped in the 1980s, that revenue stream diminished, and dependent sectors suffered heavily. Although strategies requiring austerity or sacrifice can be politically difficult, Russia needs to prepare for such downturns and restrain spending during prosperous times. Collapse of an Empire shows why it is imperative to fix the roof before it starts to rain, and why sometimes the past should be left in the past.

The New Tsar

The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin
Author: Steven Lee Myers
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0345802799
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 592
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In this gripping narrative of Putin's rise to power, Steven Lee Myers recounts Putin's origins--from his childhood of abject poverty in Leningrad to his ascent through the ranks of the KGB, and his eventual consolidation of rule in the Kremlin. As the world struggles to confront a bolder Russia, the importance of understanding the formidable and ambitious Vladimir Putin has never been greater. On the one hand, Putin's many domestic reforms--from tax cuts to an expansion of property rights--have helped reshape the potential of millions of Russians whose only experience of democracy had been crime, poverty, and instability after the fall of the Soviet Union. On the other, Putin has ushered in a new authoritarianism--unyielding in its brutal repression of dissent and newly assertive politically and militarily in regions like Crimea and the Middle East. The New Tsar is a staggering achievement, a deeply researched and essential biography of one of the most important and destabilizing world leaders in recent history, a man whose merciless rule has become inextricably bound to Russia's forseeable future.

Winter Is Coming

Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
Author: Garry Kasparov
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 1610396219
Category: Political Science
Page: 320
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The stunning story of Russia's slide back into a dictatorship-and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen. The ascension of Vladimir Putin-a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB-to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening years-as America and the world's other leading powers have continued to appease him-Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an internationalthreat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order. For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news. He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro-democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election. Yet years of seeing his Cassandra-like prophecies about Putin's intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world. As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint-only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgment, winter is once again upon us. Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.

Russia

The Once and Future Empire From Pre-History to Putin
Author: Philip Longworth
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781429916868
Category: History
Page: 416
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Through the centuries, Russia has swung sharply between successful expansionism, catastrophic collapse, and spectacular recovery. This illuminating history traces these dramatic cycles of boom and bust from the late Neolithic age to Ivan the Terrible, and from the height of Communism to the truncated Russia of today. Philip Longworth explores the dynamics of Russia's past through time and space, from the nameless adventurers who first penetrated this vast, inhospitable terrain to a cast of dynamic characters that includes Ivan the Terrible, Catherine the Great, and Stalin. His narrative takes in the magnificent, historic cities of Kiev, Moscow, and St. Petersburg; it stretches to Alaska in the east, to the Black Sea and the Ottoman Empire to the south, to the Baltic in the west and to Archangel and the Artic Ocean to the north. Who are the Russians and what is the source of their imperialistic culture? Why was Russia so driven to colonize and conquer? From Kievan Rus'---the first-ever Russian state, which collapsed with the invasion of the Mongols in the thirteenth century---to ruthless Muscovy, the Russian Empire of the eighteenth century and finally the Soviet period, this groundbreaking study analyses the growth and dissolution of each vast empire as it gives way to the next. Refreshing in its insight and drawing on a vast range of scholarship, this book also explicitly addresses the question of what the future holds for Russia and her neighbors, and asks whether her sphere of influence is growing.

The autobiography of Joseph Stalin

a novel
Author: Richard Lourie
Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
ISBN: N.A
Category: Fiction
Page: 261
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In these pages, Stalin's psychology is fully revealed, every atom of his madness explored, every twist of his homicidal logic followed to its ruthless conclusion.

First Person

An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin
Author: Vladimir Putin,Nataliya Gevorkyan,Natalya Timakova,Andrei Kolesnikov
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 0786723270
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 208
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Who is this Vladimir Putin? Who is this man who suddenly--overnight and without warning--was handed the reigns of power to one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world? How can we trust him if we don't know him? First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip. An extraordinary compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin's KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power. No Russian leader has ever subjected himself to this kind of public examination of his life and views. Both as a spy and as a virtual political unknown until selected by Boris Yeltsin to be Prime Minister, Putin has been regarded as man of mystery. Now, the curtain lifts to reveal a remarkable life of struggles and successes. Putin's life story is of major importance to the world.

The Long Hangover

Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past
Author: Shaun Walker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190659262
Category: Political Science
Page: 288
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In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia's resurgence under Putin. By cleverly exploiting the memory of the Soviet victory over fascism in World War II, Putin's regime has made ordinary Russians feel that their country is great again. Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its search for a new identity, telling the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised victory in World War II to the status of a national founding myth in the search for a unifying force to heal a divided country, and shows how dangerous the ramifications of this have been. The book explores why Russia, unlike Germany, has failed to come to terms with the darkest pages of its past: Stalin's purges, the Gulag, and the war deportations. The narrative roams from the corridors of the Kremlin to the wilds of the Gulags and the trenches of East Ukraine. It puts the annexation of Crimea and the newly assertive Russia in the context of the delayed fallout of the Soviet collapse. The Long Hangover is a book about a lost generation: the millions of Russians who lost their country and the subsequent attempts to restore to them a sense of purpose. Packed with analysis but told mainly through vibrant reportage, it is a thoughtful exploration of the legacy of the Soviet collapse and how it has affected life in Russia and Putin's policies.

Russia's Dead End

An Insider's Testimony from Gorbachev to Putin
Author: Andrei A. Kovalev
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 1612348939
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 392
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"An internal account of the political activities taking place inside the Kremlin from the fall of the USSR under the administration of Gorbachev to the future of Russia under Putin"--Provided by publisher.

Joop

A Novel of Anne Frank
Author: Richard Lourie
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312385873
Category: Fiction
Page: 192
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In modern-day Amsterdam, an elderly man named Joop describes his desperate efforts to feed his starving family during World War II, and reveals how his struggle to provide for them set in motion a horrifying chain of events.

The legacy of Genghis Khan and other essays on Russia's identity


Author: Nikolaĭ Sergeevich Trubet︠s︡koĭ (kni︠a︡zʹ)
Publisher: Univ of Michigan/Michigan Slavic
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 400
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The Invention of Russia

The Rise of Putin and the Age of Fake News
Author: Arkady Ostrovsky
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399564179
Category: History
Page: 400
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Originally published in Great Britain in 2015 by Atlantic Books.

Putinomics

Power and Money in Resurgent Russia
Author: Chris Miller
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 1469640678
Category: History
Page: 240
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When Vladimir Putin first took power in 1999, he was a little-known figure ruling a country that was reeling from a decade and a half of crisis. In the years since, he has reestablished Russia as a great power. How did he do it? What principles have guided Putin's economic policies? What patterns can be discerned? In this new analysis of Putin's Russia, Chris Miller examines its economic policy and the tools Russia's elite have used to achieve its goals. Miller argues that despite Russia's corruption, cronyism, and overdependence on oil as an economic driver, Putin's economic strategy has been surprisingly successful. Explaining the economic policies that underwrote Putin's two-decades-long rule, Miller shows how, at every juncture, Putinomics has served Putin's needs by guaranteeing economic stability and supporting his accumulation of power. Even in the face of Western financial sanctions and low oil prices, Putin has never been more relevant on the world stage.

Trump and Russia

A Definitive History
Author: Seth Hettena
Publisher: Melville House
ISBN: 1612197396
Category: HISTORY
Page: 288
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Chronicles the forty-fifth president's years wooing Russian deal-makers and financiers to reveal the people, dealings, and events that suggest how indebted Trump is to Russia.

Godfather of the Kremlin

The Decline of Russia in the Age of Gangster Capitalism
Author: Paul Klebnikov
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156013307
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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Chronicles the life of the head of one of Moscow's gangster families, who financed the reelection of Boris Yeltsin and became one of his key advisors.

Sakharov

A Biography
Author: Richard Lourie
Publisher: Brandeis Univ
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 465
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The first biography of one of the greatest Russians of the twentieth century.

The Future is History

How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
Author: Masha Gessen
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 159463453X
Category: History
Page: 515
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Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.

First Loyalty


Author: Richard Lourie
Publisher: Dell Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780440125723
Category: Fiction
Page: 405
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When the American translator for a dissident Soviet poet now living in New York--who is really a KGB agent--discovers the formula for Stolat, a chemical that increases the life span, created by the Soviets and smuggled to the West, an intense power strugg