Surviving Autocracy


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Riverhead Books
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5.4 X 8.0 X 1.2 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Masha Gessen is the author of eleven other books, including the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. A staff writer at The New Yorker and the recipient of numerous awards, including Guggenheim and Carnegie fellowships, Gessen teaches at Bard College and lives in New York City.


Advance Praise for Surviving Autocracy

"A brisk, trenchant account . . . . Gessen's meticulous research and familiarity with the political and cultural history of post-Soviet Russia lend her arguments an authority lacking in other takedowns of Trump. Liberals looking to make sense of what they're up against in the 2020 elections should consider this a must-read." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A handbook for an age in which egomania is morphing into autocracy at warp speed. . . . Belongs on the shelf alongside Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny and Amy Siskind's The List as a record of how far we have fallen. Gessen is a Suetonius for our time, documenting the death of the old America while holding out slim hope for its restoration." --Kirkus (starred review)

"Gessen's is a clarion voice in the darkness, offering a sobering but sharp-witted analysis of how American society has changed under Trump . . . . [her] rallying cry is a vital and pressing reminder of what's at stake." --Booklist (starred review)

"An indispensable voice of and for this moment." -Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny

Praise for The Future Is History:

"Ambitious, timely, insightful, and unsparing." - The Washington Post

"Harrowing, compassionate, and important." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Fascinating and deeply felt."--The New York Times Book Review

Praise for The Man Without a Face:

"An unflinching indictment of the most powerful man in Russia." - Wall Street Journal

"Gessen shines a piercing light into every dark corner. ... Fascinating, hard-hitting reading." -Foreign Affairs