Discussion of The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Sunday, March 24, 2019 3:30 PM

Human Rights Book Discussion

For our March discussion, the Human Rights Book Discussion group has decided to read a book describing the current human rights situation in Russia, and we have chosen The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by award-winning journalist and Vladimir Putin biographer, Masha Gessen.

From reviews on Amazon:

The Future is History is a beautifully-written, sensitively-argued and cleverly-structured journey through Russia's failure to establish democracy after the fall of the Soviet Union. Gessen builds her story around the lives of a half-dozen people whose fortunes wax and wane as the country opens up, then closes down once more. Each of her subjects came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own--as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state.

Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia over the past few generations is unparalleled. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time, and for all time.

Note that this book is a bit longer than most of the other books we’ve read, so make sure to give yourselves plenty of time to obtain and read the book prior to the discussion.

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