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Date/Time: Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 19:00

Dear Book Friends,

For our May meeting we will be reading The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia by Masha Gessen. 

From the New York Times:

Gessen, a longtime critic of Vladimir Putin, tells the story of modern Russia through the eyes of seven individuals who found that politics was a force none of them could escape; winner of the National Book Award. Putin's bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy. 

Hailed for her "fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia" by the Wall Street Journal, award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each 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 not only against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. 
Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time. 

Read the full review at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/books/review/masha-gessen-the-future-is-history.html.

We hope you can join us!

Happy reading!

The Book Club

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