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

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Advance Praise for Surviving Autocracy:

“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

“A reckoning with what has been lost in the past few years and a map forward with our beliefs intact.” —Interview Magazine

“[An] extremely lucid analysis of how our language, institutions, and ultimately our norms have been shredded. . . . Surviving Autocracy will be 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 (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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