The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past (Hardback)
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The Long Hangover: Putin's New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 22/02/2018
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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.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780190659240
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 236 x 164 x 26 mm


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The Long Hangover is considered and careful and humane, and should be compulsory reading for any politician considering engagement with either Moscow or Ukraine. It's 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 *
[Walker] does an excellent job and ... keeps his narrative relatively short in a gripping and clear-sighted way. * Eamon Delaney, Irish Independent *
[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] looks at the Russia that Putin has created in minute and humane detail ... He does so through intimate conversations with Russians (and others) who have been affected by the way Putin has run his country, and creates composite images of a nation traumatised by its Soviet history but unable or unwilling to face that past. * Oliver Bullough, Prospect *
the best history of the ideologies and politics behind the headlines ... Walker's meticulous documentation of the annexation of Crimea and the subsequent occupation of Ukraine makes this exemplary political history, but The Long Hangover will be remembered, and re-read, as a history of memory. * Linda Kinstler, Times Literary Supplement *
[An] excellent, acutely observed book * Ruadhan Mac Cormaic, Irish Times *
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 *
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 *
lively and engrossing * Angela Stent, Survival *
a superb book * Angus Roxburgh, CABLE 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 *
The sheer geographical spread of [the] examples indicates that this a book based on a massive amount of meticulous, on-the-ground reporting ... the range of voices in the book is impressive ... Nuanced accounts of what is happening in Russia are sorely needed, so The Long Hangover hould be read far and wide. * Jen Stout, The FORUM *
The prose is often vivid and written in accessible journalistic style ... the author uses his interviews to great advantage and their scope brings to light many diverse views. * Dr David Lane, SCRSS Digest *
Thorough, to the point, occasionally melancholic, yet exceedingly readable, Walker has herein captured all the inflammatory essence of modern day Russia, by way of re-telling what ought to have been told many, many years ago ... The Long Hangover may well be the best book I've read on modern-day Russia in years. * David Marx: Book Reviews *
A brilliant book * Frost Magazine *
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 *
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 *
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 *
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 *
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 *

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