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Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen
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Jun 02, 2020 | ISBN 9780593188934

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Praise for Surviving Autocracy:

“When Gessen speaks about autocracy, you listen.” The New York Times

“The Platonic ideal of the anti-Trump Trump book. . . . Offers discomfort and reassurance at once. . . . perfectly capturing the cognitive dissonance of life in Trump’s America.” —The Washington Post

“Gessen brings to all work a unique blend of intellect and manifold passions. . . [flashing] the fierce attitude and language of the partisan activist in one moment, returning to the cooler mien of a public intellectual the next.” —NPR

“Urgent … Gessen’s credentials as an observer of autocracy are impeccable. . . . Surviving Autocracy  sharpens an edge of disgust lately blunted by relentless use.” —The New York Review of Books

“The fearless Russian American journalist probes the black hole between fact and fantasy in [a] taut, incisive critique.” —O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“It’s hard to imagine someone more poised to write a book called Surviving Autocracy than Masha Gessen. . . . It’s a crucial book for our times.” —The New York Observer

“Gessen’s decades-long experience covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia puts them in a unique position to help Americans understand what is happening to the United States under President Donald Trump. . . . Gessen shows us that having the language to understand what is happening is the first step to surviving, and ultimately resisting, an autocratic future.” —The Nation
 
“A reckoning with what has been lost in the past few years and a map forward with our beliefs intact.” —Interview Magazine 

“Unfailingly polemical, precise and analytic.” —New Statesman

“An oasis in the desert of hysterical coverage surrounding Trump’s every tweet. . . . The insights are genuine and absorbing, with Gessen often taking an unexpected and helpful perspective.” —Book & Film Globe

“Sharply observed and passionate work.” —Chatelaine
 
“A stark wake-up call; to those who are looking for what happens now, Gessen’s notes on how we need to rebuild the concept of a ‘we’ in our time are warm and moving, a light of hope that these years can be survived.” —LitHub
  

“A blistering appraisal. . . . Surviving Autocracy isn’t merely important reading for anyone who plans to cast a vote in that election, it’s essential.” —Shelf Awareness 

“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 Reviews (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

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