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Good journalistic look at mid-1990s Russia, Boris Yeltsin, and early post-Soviet events. Interesting quotes from his many interviews enliven this contemporary report and the details touched on give pause now that events have advanced for another 25 years. No mention of Putin, so interesting to see that he wasn't even on the radar yet, but plenty of headline-grabbing familiar names in the see-saw for political and economic power. Remnick's overly positive conclusion serves to highlight how much p...
Remnick excellent as usual, and very good on Russia in particular given the eventful time he was there.
It's nearly impossible to follow such a book as Lenin's Tomb but Remnick does a wonderful job at picking up where he left off. In Resurrection, Remnick focuses on how the democratic revolution contended with disillusion. Yeltsin is the perfect character in this world: democratic promise gives way to oligarchy, poor health, and flirtations with Russia's communist and czarist past. This book definitely sets the stage for the Russia we know today. Interestingly enough, Putin does not appear on the
I read this after reading "Lenin's Tomb," which is the precursor to this book. I have to admit, I only got halfway through "Resurrection," as I was a little burned out with the Soviet Union at that point. This book focuses on the events immeditately following the fall of the USSR, namely, Boris Yeltsin's political career and the beginning of a democratic Russia. "Lenin's Tomb" was more interesting to me, as it addressed the history of the Soviet Union more generally, whereas this book was much m...
All the glowing sentiment towards Boris Yeltsin, alongside with a hope for a better, freer future after the collapse of the Soviet Union in Lenin's Tomb is dashed to pieces in Resurrection. Remnick writes a vivid account of Russia's political and cultural atmosphere during the mid-90s - corruption and the rise of the oligarchy. I particularly liked the chapter on Solzhenitsyn.
Not a bad analysis of the early years of Russia following the fall of the Soviet gov't. He writes well, and I think I would have enjoyed this more had I not been so burned out writing my Master's Thesis. Lenin's Tomb is much better.
Not as captivating as Lenin's Tomb, with many reiterations from chapter to chapter that seem as if each chapter was its own project and the editor just pieced them all together without much summarization.
This was a very good insight into 1990s Russia and helped contextualize the future that was to come.
great, how a government is createdone strong AP students found it tedious
It had an uneven feel (style) but parts of it were very well done.
A fantastic book on post-soviet Russia. Must-read for any Kremlin-observer
communism is like not being able to get ice cream because the truck burned down. It has nothing to do with fire though but rather a political system.No real bears were in it either
Remnick’s two books on Russia adequately explain two key moments in modern Russian history but may not fully explain Remnick’s rise to power in the New York(er) intelligentsia.
Good if you like Russian history. Gives a great first hand perspective of the events of the 1990's in Russia.
A great writer.