This book takes an in-depth look at Russia’s post-Soviet society and the rise of “truthiness” as a governing philosophy. Author Peter Pomerantsev offers up first-hand observations on everything from the rebranding of Vladimir Putin to the lives of millionaire businessmen, hipsters, artists, and migrant workers. Alongside these insights are his thoughts on how truth has replaced ideology as a way for Russians to make sense of their chaotic world.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for anyone interested in Russia’s post-Soviet society and the rise of “truthiness” as a governing philosophy.
- This book provides a detailed, first-hand account of Russian society after the fall of the Soviet Union.
- It offers insights into how Russians make sense of their chaotic world, and how “truthiness” has replaced ideology as a governing philosophy.
- The author’s observations are backed up by research and interviews with experts on Russia.
- The author’s personal anecdotes can sometimes be overwhelming and distracting from the larger points he’s trying to make.
- The book doesn’t necessarily offer any concrete solutions or ways for readers to understand Russia better.
- Some passages may be difficult for those without a strong background in Russian politics or history to follow.
Learn more about the author
Peter Pomerantsev is a British television producer and journalist, who has lived in Moscow since the early 1990s.
“Peter Pomerantsev is an absolutely fearless writer . . . He has written the best book I’ve read on Russia in years.”
“Remarkable… a must-read for anyone interested in understanding Putin’s Russia, or simply the dynamics of contemporary global affairs.”
“This is an absolutely essential read for anyone seeking to understand Russia today. With wit, insight and a rare degree of familiarity born of years living in Moscow, Pomerantsev excavates the new Russian reality – where anything is possible and nothing is true.”
“A brilliantly written, perceptive and often funny exploration of the present state of Russia and its people.”