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The Resource The Long Hangover : Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, Shaun Walker

The Long Hangover : Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, Shaun Walker

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The Long Hangover : Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past
Title
The Long Hangover
Title remainder
Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past
Statement of responsibility
Shaun Walker
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Putin's aggressive foreign policy and his support among Russians.
  • Intelligent and ambitious, Walker's book succeeds in providing insight into the recent history of a nation at the center of world attention. * Publisher's Weekly * This book has a very Russian feel to it. As with the best works of Russian literature, stories of ordinary people fold into the bigger picture. The characters cry, laugh, drink, fight, mourn, and celebrate all at once. Fear is mixed with hope, sorrow with pride, and things rarely end well. This is a deep, emotionally charged, and enthralling book that leaves a sad and bitter aftertaste. * Elena Racheva, Novaya Gazeta * In this skillful and vivid book, Shaun Walker allows us to understand the region's current affairs through ordinary and extraordinary people's experience of an un-dealt with past. * Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible * The heroes of our age of postmodern myth are the investigative reporters. Shaun Walker has not only done the hard and necessary work of reporting from Russia and Ukraine, he has also reflected, with remarkable historical and literary sensibility, on what it means when a great power gives up on its own future and decides instead to market its past. * Timothy Snyder, the Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University, and author of On Tyranny and Bloodlands * The Long Hangover is thoughtful, brave, and full of insight. Anyone who wants to understand Russia now needs to read it. * John Simpson, BBC News * A brilliant book * Frost Magazine * The Long Hangover thankfully does not fixate on the character of Putin. Instead, it focuses on the social conditions that he taps into (and manipulates). The book is girded by Walker's vivid reporting from every corner of the country - far more valuable than armchair analyzing. It also refrains from offering any easy or sweeping answers. * William Armstrong, Hurriyet Daily News * a superb book * Angus Roxburgh, CABLE Magazine * It is ... [the] passages - so charged with personality whilst remaining politically astute that make Walkers prose so compelling to read. He takes the singular melody we trumpet about Russia in the West and adds harmony, dynamics, colour and context. Read this book and you will have a more nuanced understanding of the dissonant symphonies emanating from the east. * Matthew Janney, Culture Trip * It is hard to find fault in such a spectacular book, which deftly weaves personal narratives with grand geopolitical tensions to produce a compelling read ... a real tour de force of book-length reporting. * Kieran Pender, Australian Book Review * [An] excellent, acutely observed book * Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, Irish Times * [Walker] is more successful than most of his western journalistic competitors in exploring the often contradictory attitudes that Russians hold towards their president and the hybrid system he is building on the basis of Russian nationalism, Soviet nostalgia and a striving for international respect. * Jonathan Steele, The Guardian * [Walker] does an excellent job and ... keeps his narrative relatively short in a gripping and clear-sighted way. * Eamon Delaney, Irish Independent * The Long Hangover is considered and careful and humane, and should be compulsory reading for any politician considering engagement with either Moscow or Ukraine. Its not only the best book I've read on Putin's Russia, but also has great resonance for the age of Donald Trump and Brexit: no one likes being told they're a loser, everyone needs something to believe in. * Oliver Bullough, The Observer *
Biographical or historical data
Shaun Walker is the Moscow correspondent for The Guardian. He studied Russian and Soviet history at Oxford University, and has worked as a journalist in Moscow for more than a decade. Previously, he was Moscow Correspondent for the Independent.
Cataloging source
UK-WkNB
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Walker, Shaun.
Dewey number
327.47
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • International relations
  • Political structure & processes
  • Political science & theory
  • 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
  • The Cold War
  • Politics and Government
  • International relations
  • Political structure & processes
  • Political science & theory
  • The Cold War
Summary expansion
In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides a deeply reported, bottom-up explanation of Russia's resurgence under Putin. By cleverly exploiting the memory of the Soviet victory over fascism in World War II, Putin's regime has made ordinary Russians feel that their country is great again. Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its search for a new identity, telling the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised victory in World War II to the status of a national founding myth in the search for a unifying force to heal a divided country, and shows how dangerous the ramifications of this have been. The book explores why Russia, unlike Germany, has failed to come to terms with the darkest pages of its past: Stalin's purges, the Gulag, and the war deportations. The narrative roams from the corridors of the Kremlin to the wilds of the Gulags and the trenches of East Ukraine. It puts the annexation of Crimea and the newly assertive Russia in the context of the delayed fallout of the Soviet collapse. The Long Hangover is a book about a lost generation: the millions of Russians who lost their country and the subsequent attempts to restore to them a sense of purpose. Packed with analysis but told mainly through vibrant reportage, it is a thoughtful exploration of the legacy of the Soviet collapse and how it has affected life in Russia and Putins policies
Target audience
general
Label
The Long Hangover : Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, Shaun Walker
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Publication
Note
  • Hardback
  • Originally published in: 2018
Contents
PART 1: CURATING THE PAST-- PART 2: CURATING THE PRESENT-- PART 3: THE PAST BECOMES THE PRESENT-- PART 4: THE PAST IN THE FUTURE
Control code
9780190659240
Dimensions
24x16x3 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780190659240
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other control number
9780190659240
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The Long Hangover : Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past, Shaun Walker
Publication
Note
  • Hardback
  • Originally published in: 2018
Contents
PART 1: CURATING THE PAST-- PART 2: CURATING THE PRESENT-- PART 3: THE PAST BECOMES THE PRESENT-- PART 4: THE PAST IN THE FUTURE
Control code
9780190659240
Dimensions
24x16x3 cm.
Extent
288 p.
Isbn
9780190659240
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other control number
9780190659240
Specific material designation
regular print

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