The Future Is History. That's the title of Masha Gessen's account of the years immediately before perestroika through the rise of Vladimir Putin, told by following the lives of a number of real people in Russia. It's fascinating reading so far -- Gessen is a talented writer and her subject matter is compelling.
Gessen is a lifelong outsider, a Russian expatriate, returnee and re-expatriate. She is well-placed to write this book, far enough Left that the New York Times and Guardian pay her serious heed while being sufficiently clear-eyed to see reality when she looks at recent history. I'm perhaps a quarter of the way through and having difficulty setting the book down to do other things.
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