Ever heard the joke about the book lover with shelves of unread books at home who, by some squirrel-like impulse, ABSOLUTELY HAS TO buy that curious book at the store?
It’s based on a true story. My story.
- Man Without a Face by Masha Gessen
Putin by Chris Hutchins
- Russia’s Unfinished Revolution by Michael McFaul
- Putin Country by Anne Garrels
- Return to Cold War by Robert Legvold
- Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft by Allen C Lynch
- The New Russia by Mikhail Gorbachev
- All the Kremlin’s Men by Mikhail Zygar
- Город by Андрей Загорцев
The New Third Rome: Readings of a Russian Nationalist Myth by Jardar Østbø Light-Headed by Olga Slavnikova Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State by Marie Mendras I am a Chechen! by German Sadulaev Russian Politics and Society by Richard Sakwa (4th edition) Contemporary Russian Politics: A Reader by Archie Brown
- Russian Civil-Military Relations: Putin’s Legacy by Thomas Gomart
New Trends in Russian Political Mentality by Elena Shestopal et al. Putinism: The Slow Rise of a Radical Right Regime in Russia by Marcel H. van Herpen
- Black Wind, White Snow by Charles Clover
Mr. Putin by Fiona Hill/Clifford G. Gaddy
- The Strongman by Angus Roxburgh
- The Limits of Partnership by Angela Stent
- Sex, Politics and Putin by Valerie Sperling
- Moscow in Movement by Samuel Greene
- I’m Going to Ruin Their Lives by Marc Bennetts
- The Good Spy by Jeffrey Layton
- Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Russophobia by Dominic Basulto
- The New Politics of Russia by Andrew Monaghan
- Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know by Timothy Colton
Патриот. Жестокий роман о национальной идее by Алексей Колышевский Господин Гексоген by Александр Проханов
- Воля вольная by Виктор Ремизов
- Крым by Александр Проханов
- Пятнадцать лет Путина. Куда бредет Россия by Владимир Бушин
- Россия в глобальной политике. Новые правила игры без правил by Федор Лукьянов
- Путин. В зеркале “Изборского клуба” by Максим Калашников
- Bears in the Streets by Lisa Dickey
- Holy Rus’: The Rebirth of Orthodoxy in the New Russia by John P. Burgess
- Should We Fear Russia? by Dmitri Trenin
This is my review longlist for the forseeable future. Many of these books already wait on my personal shelf (curse the Amazon orders I forgot I placed!).
Due to the list’s length, I’ve decided to cap off recommendations for the time being; however, all past recommendations remain on the list.
I’m primarily concerned with winnowing the lousy books from the decent ones early on and creating a schedule to avoid burnout.
My second task: preventing myself from succumbing to acute book lover’s disease and stockpiling even more books for the coming winter.