Today I was hunting around in the
dungeon basement of P. Library as I usually do, when a small group of my peers – who’d apparently heard about/read my blog – came by and gave me a list of book recommendations. Now, I’m not paranoid; and I’m very appreciative of any interest in my blog; but if I didn’t know better, I’d think they were trying to push a certain set of ideas with these suggestions…
- The New Cold War by Ed Lucas
- The State Within a State by Yevgenia Albats
- Gay Propaganda: Russian Love Stories by Masha Gessen
- Russia’s Addiction by Clifford G. Gaddy
- Peripheral Autocracy by Grigory Yavlinsky (RUS)
- Beyond Crimea: The New Russian Empire by Agnia Grigas
- Putin’s Kleptocracy by Karen Dawisha
- some Marcel H. van Herpen book, I can’t remember which. They’re all so similar.
I wouldn’t mind reading some of these books per se, since I place value on knowing the liberal, mainstream opinion even if I don’t agree with it (and the books are all at P. Library too). However, such a task would require time, energy, and several round trips to Rantsville, that metaphorical town I’m trying so hard to avoid. Reading these books may not be good for my health either: I’m still recovering from a bad bout of Kasparovicosis and the milk за вредность isn’t really helping.
So my question to you, readers, is: have you read any of these books before* and do you recommend for me to do the same? Even if you disagree with their content, is there anything on the list you’d like to see me review? Are there any humorously bad ones? I wouldn’t mind reading one of those. Or are these books truly a waste of time? Your input is valuable.
*With the exception of Russia’s Addiction of course; it hasn’t been published yet.