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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest...
by Rachel Maddow

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English

Pages

405

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy鈥擶inner Take All</b><br /><b>聽</b><br /> In 2010, the words 鈥渆arthquake swarm鈥?entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia鈥攊ncluding his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove鈥攚as sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry.<br /><br /> With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia鈥檚 rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia鈥檚 rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West鈥檚 most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, 鈥渓ike being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can鈥檛 really blame the lion. It鈥檚 in her nature.鈥?lt;br /><br /> <i> Blowout</i> is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world鈥檚 most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, 鈥淒emocracy either wins this one or disappears.鈥?/div>
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's F...
by Bill Browder

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English

Pages

417

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<b><i>New York Times</i> bestseller</b><br /> <br /><b>THE BOOK THAT EXPLAINS WHY RUSSIANS WANTED TO MEET WITH THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淧art John Grisham-like thriller, part business and political memoir.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The New York Times</i></b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淸<i>Red Notice</i>] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what <i>Liar鈥檚 Poker</i> did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browder鈥檚 business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putin鈥檚 Russia, making <i>Red Notice</i> an early candidate for any list of the year鈥檚 best books鈥?(<i>Fortune</i>).</b><br /><br />This is a story about an accidental activist. Bill Browder started out his adult life as the Wall Street maverick whose instincts led him to Russia just after the breakup of the Soviet Union, where he made his fortune.<br /> <br /> Along the way he exposed corruption, and when he did, he barely escaped with his life. His Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky wasn鈥檛 so lucky: he ended up in jail, where he was tortured to death. That changed Browder forever. He saw the murderous heart of the Putin regime and has spent the last half decade on a campaign to expose it. Because of that, he became Putin鈥檚 number one enemy, especially after Browder succeeded in having a law passed in the United States鈥擳he Magnitsky Act鈥攖hat punishes a list of Russians implicated in the lawyer鈥檚 murder. Putin famously retaliated with a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian orphans.<br /> <br />A financial caper, a crime thriller, and a political crusade, <i>Red Notice</i> is the story of one man taking on overpowering odds to change the world, and also the story of how, without intending to, he found meaning in his life.
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest N...
by Adam Higginbotham

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English

Pages

561

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<b>Longlisted for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence</b><br /> <br /><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>Journalist Adam Higginbotham鈥檚 definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster鈥攁nd a powerful investigation into how propaganda, secrecy, and myth have obscured the true story of one of the twentieth century鈥檚 greatest disasters.</b><br /><br />Early in the morning of April 26, 1986, Reactor Number Four of the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station exploded, triggering history鈥檚 worst nuclear disaster. In the thirty years since then, Chernobyl has become lodged in the collective nightmares of the world: shorthand for the spectral horrors of radiation poisoning, for a dangerous technology slipping its leash, for ecological fragility, and for what can happen when a dishonest and careless state endangers its citizens and the entire world. But the real story of the accident, clouded from the beginning by secrecy, propaganda, and misinformation, has long remained in dispute.<br /> <br />Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews conducted over the course of more than ten years, as well as letters, unpublished memoirs, and documents from recently-declassified archives, Adam Higginbotham has written a harrowing and compelling narrative which brings the disaster to life through the eyes of the men and women who witnessed it firsthand. The result is a masterful nonfiction thriller, and the definitive account of an event that changed history: a story that is more complex, more human, and more terrifying than the Soviet myth.<br /> <br /><i>Midnight in Chernobyl </i>is an indelible portrait of one of the great disasters of the twentieth century, of human resilience and ingenuity, and the lessons learned when mankind seeks to bend the natural world to his will鈥攍essons which, in the face of climate change and other threats, remain not just vital but necessary.
Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine
by Anne Applebaum

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English

Pages

466

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<b>AN <i>ECONOMIST</i> BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR<br /><br />From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Gulag</i> and the National Book Award finalist <i>Iron Curtain</i>, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes鈥攖he consequences of which still resonate today</b><br /><br />In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization鈥攊n effect a second Russian revolution鈥攚hich forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In <i>Red Famine</i>, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because the state deliberately set out to kill them.<br /><br />Applebaum proves what has long been suspected: after a series of rebellions unsettled the province, Stalin set out to destroy the Ukrainian peasantry. The state sealed the republic鈥檚 borders and seized all available food. Starvation set in rapidly, and people ate anything: grass, tree bark, dogs, corpses. In some cases, they killed one another for food. Devastating and definitive, <i>Red Famine</i> captures the horror of ordinary people struggling to survive extraordinary evil.<br /><br />Today, Russia, the successor to the Soviet Union, has placed Ukrainian independence in its sights once more. Applebaum鈥檚 compulsively readable narrative recalls one of the worst crimes of the twentieth century, and shows how it may foreshadow a new threat to the political order in the twenty-first.
Lara: The Untold Love Story and the Inspiration for Doctor Zhivag...
by Anna Pasternak

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English

Pages

332

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<p><strong>The heartbreaking story of the love affair between聽Boris Pasternak, the author of <em>Doctor Zhivago,</em> and Olga聽Ivinskaya鈥攖he true tragedy behind the timeless classic, and a harrowing look at how the Russian government has treated dissidents</strong></p><p>When Stalin came into power in 1924, the Communist government began persecuting dissident writers. Though Stalin spared the life of Boris Pasternak鈥攚hose novel-in-progress,聽<em>Doctor Zhivago,</em> was suspected of being anti-Soviet鈥攈e persecuted Boris鈥檚 mistress, typist, and literary muse, Olga Ivinskaya. Boris鈥檚 affair with Olga devastated the straitlaced Pasternaks, and they were keen to disavow Olga鈥檚 role in Boris鈥檚 writing process. Twice Olga was sentenced to work in Siberian labor camps, where she was interrogated about the book Boris was writing, but she refused to betray the man she loved. When Olga was released from the gulags, she assumed that Boris would leave his wife for her but, trapped by his family鈥檚 expectations and his own weak will, he never did.聽</p><p>Drawing on previously neglected family sources and original interviews, Anna Pasternak explores this hidden act of moral compromise by her great-uncle, and restores to history the passionate affair that inspired and animated聽<em>Doctor Zhivago</em>. Devastated that Olga suffered on his behalf and frustrated that he could not match her loyalty to him, Boris instead channeled his thwarted passion for Olga into the love story in聽<em>Doctor Zhivago</em>.聽</p><p>Filled with the rich detail of Boris鈥檚 secret life, <em>Lara</em> unearths a moving love story of courage, loyalty, suffering, drama, and loss, and casts a new light on the legacy of聽<em>Doctor Zhivago</em>.</p>
Betrayal in Berlin: The True Story of the Cold War's Most Audacio...
by Steve Vogel

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English

Pages

543

Publication Date

September 24, 2019

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<p><strong>The astonishing true story of the Berlin Tunnel, one of the West鈥檚 greatest espionage operations of the Cold War鈥攁nd the dangerous Soviet mole who betrayed it.</strong><br /><br />Its code name was 鈥淥peration Gold,鈥?a wildly audacious CIA plan to construct a clandestine tunnel into East Berlin to tap into critical KGB and Soviet military telecommunication lines. The tunnel, crossing the border between the American and Soviet sectors, would have to be 1,500 feet (the length of the Empire State Building) with state-of-the-art equipment, built and operated literally under the feet of their Cold War adversaries. Success would provide the CIA and the British Secret Intelligence Service access to a vast treasure of intelligence. Exposure might spark a dangerous confrontation with the Soviets. Yet as the Allies were burrowing into the German soil, a traitor, code-named Agent Diamond by his Soviet handlers, was burrowing into the operation itself. . . </p><p><em>Betrayal in Berlin</em> is Steve Vogel鈥檚 heart pounding account of the operation. He vividly recreates post-war Berlin, a scarred, shadowy snake pit with thousands of spies and innumerable cover stories. It is also the most vivid account of George Blake, perhaps the most damaging mole of the Cold War. Drawing upon years of archival research, secret documents, and rare interviews with Blake himself, Vogel has crafted a true-life spy story as thrilling as the novels of John le Carr茅 and Len Deighton.</p><p><em>Betrayal in Berlin</em> includes 24 photos and two maps.</p>
Voices from Chernobyl (Lannan Selection)
by Svetlana Alexievich

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English

Pages

257

Publication Date

October 16, 2015

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<b>Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award</b> A journalist by trade, who now suffers from an immune deficiency developed while researching this book, presents personal accounts of what happened to the people of Belarus after the nuclear reactor accident in 1986, and the fear, anger, and uncertainty that they still live with. The Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 was awarded to Svetlana Alexievich "for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."
The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia
by Masha Gessen

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English

Pages

527

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<b>WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION<br /><br /><b><b><b>FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS聽<br /><br /></b></b></b>WINNER OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S HELEN BERNSTEIN BOOK AWARD聽聽<br /><br />NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY<i> THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i>,聽<i>LOS ANGELES TIMES</i>, <i>WASHINGTON POST</i>,聽 <i>BOSTON GLOBE</i>,聽<i>SEATTLE TIMES</i>,聽<i>CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR</i>, <i>NEWSWEEK,</i>聽<i>PASTE</i>, and<i>聽POP SUGAR</i></b><br /><br /><b>The essential journalist and bestselling biographer of Vladimir Putin reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.聽</b> <br /><br />Award-winning journalist Masha Gessen's understanding of the events and forces that have wracked Russia in recent times is unparalleled. In The Future Is History, Gessen follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them 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.聽<br /><br />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. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.
The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics That Helped America Win ...
by , Jonna Mendez

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English

Pages

238

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May 21, 2019

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<b>From the spymaster and inspiration for the movie <i>Argo</i>: how a group of brilliant but under-supported CIA operatives developed breakthrough spy tactics that helped turn the tide of the Cold War</b><br />Antonio Mendez and his future wife Jonna were CIA operatives working to spy on Moscow in the late 1970s, at one of the most dangerous moments in the Cold War. Soviets kept files on all foreigners, studied their patterns, and tapped their phones. Intelligence work was effectively impossible. The Soviet threat loomed larger than ever.<br /><i>The Moscow Rules</i> tells the story of the intelligence breakthroughs that turned the odds in America's favor. As experts in disguise, Antonio and Jonna were instrumental in developing a series of tactics--Hollywood-inspired identity swaps, ingenious evasion techniques, and an armory of James Bond-style gadgets--that allowed CIA officers to outmaneuver the KGB.<br />As Russia again rises in opposition to America, this remarkable story is a tribute to those who risked everything for their country, and to the ingenuity that allowed them to succeed.
Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets
by Svetlana Alexievich

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English

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446

Publication Date

May 24, 2016

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i>聽BESTSELLER 鈥?A symphonic oral history about the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the emergence of a new Russia, from Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature</b><br /><b><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE <i>WASHINGTON POST</i>聽AND聽<i>PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 鈥⒙?lt;b><i>LOS ANGELES TIMES</i>聽</b></i><b>BOOK PRIZE WINNER<br /></b></b><br /> <b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <br /><i>The New York Times 鈥?The Washington Post 鈥?The Boston Globe</i>聽鈥?<i>The Wall Street Journal聽</i>鈥?NPR 鈥?<i>Financial Times 鈥?Kirkus Reviews</i></b><br /></b><br /> When the Swedish Academy awarded Svetlana Alexievich the Nobel Prize, it cited her for inventing 鈥渁 new kind of literary genre,鈥?describing her work as 鈥渁 history of emotions鈥攁 history of the soul.鈥?Alexievich鈥檚 distinctive documentary style, combining extended individual monologues with a collage of voices, records the stories of ordinary women and men who are rarely given the opportunity to speak, whose experiences are often lost in the official histories of the nation.<br /><br /> In <i>Secondhand Time,</i> Alexievich chronicles the demise of communism. Everyday Russian citizens recount the past thirty years, showing us what life was like during the fall of the Soviet Union and what it鈥檚 like to live in the new Russia left in its wake. Through interviews spanning 1991 to 2012, Alexievich takes us behind the propaganda and contrived media accounts, giving us a panoramic portrait of contemporary Russia and Russians who still carry memories of oppression, terror, famine, massacres鈥攂ut also of pride in their country, hope for the future, and a belief that everyone was working and fighting together to bring about a utopia. Here<i> </i>is an account of life in the aftermath of an idea so powerful it once dominated a third of the world.<br /><br /> A magnificent tapestry of the sorrows and triumphs of the human spirit woven by a master, <i>Secondhand Time </i>tells the stories that together make up the true history of a nation. 鈥淭hrough the voices of those who confided in her,鈥?<i>The Nation </i>writes, 鈥淎lexievich tells us about human nature, about our dreams, our choices, about good and evil鈥攊n a word, about ourselves.鈥?lt;br /><br /><b>Praise for Svetlana Alexievich and聽<i>Secondhand Time</i></b><br /><br />鈥淭he nonfiction volume that has done the most to deepen the emotional understanding of Russia during and after the collapse of the Soviet Union of late is Svetlana Alexievich鈥檚 oral history <i>Secondhand Time</i>.鈥?lt;b>鈥擠avid Remnick, <i>The New Yorker</i></b>

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