The Invention of Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky
From Gorbachev's Freedom to Putin's War

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews

An astute, accessible, illuminating navigation of the idea that the “only consistent feature in Russia’s history is its unpredictability.”
-Kirkus

Synopsis

WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE
WINNER OF THE CORNELIUS RYAN AWARD
FINALIST FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE
FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR

“Fast-paced and excellently written…much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable.”New York Times

“Filled with sparkling prose and deep analysis.”The Wall Street Journal

The breakup of the Soviet Union was a time of optimism around the world, but Russia today is actively involved in subversive information warfare, manipulating the media to destabilize its enemies. How did a country that embraced freedom and market reform 25 years ago end up as an autocratic police state bent once again on confrontation with America? A winner of the Orwell Prize, The Invention of Russia reaches back to the darkest days of the cold war to tell the story of Russia's stealthy and largely unchronicled counter revolution. 

A highly regarded Moscow correspondent for the Economist, Arkady Ostrovsky comes to this story both as a participant and a foreign correspondent. His knowledge of many of the key players allows him to explain the phenomenon of Valdimir Putin - his rise and astonishing longevity, his use of hybrid warfare and the alarming crescendo of his military interventions. One of Putin's first acts was to reverse Gorbachev's decision to end media censorship and Ostrovsky argues that the Russian media has done more to shape the fate of the country than its politicians. Putin pioneered a new form of demagogic populism --oblivious to facts and aggressively nationalistic - that has now been embraced by Donald Trump.
 

About Arkady Ostrovsky

See more books from this Author
Arkady Ostrovsky is a Russian-born journalist who has spent fifteen years reporting from Moscow, first for the Financial Times and then as bureau chief for The Economist. He studied Russian theater history in Moscow and holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. His translation of Tom Stoppard’s trilogy The Coast of Utopia has been published and staged in Russia. Ostrovsky is a regular guest on the BBC, Sky News, and NPR where he comments on Russia and the former Soviet Union
Author Residence: London Author Image 1
 
Published June 7, 2016 by Penguin Books. 372 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel, War. Non-fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Invention of Russia
All: 2 | Positive: 1 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
on Mar 17 2016

An astute, accessible, illuminating navigation of the idea that the “only consistent feature in Russia’s history is its unpredictability.”

Read Full Review of The Invention of Russia: From... | See more reviews from Kirkus

Publishers Weekly

Below average
on May 28 2018

Ostrovsky’s dizzying tale takes its own myth-like form, and Western readers will quickly learn to take everything in this book with a grain of salt.

Read Full Review of The Invention of Russia: From... | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
×