•   Comment Vladimir Poutine, un ancien agent du KGB de peu d'envergure, a-t-il pu devenir en si peu de temps l'un des dirigeants les plus autoritaires de la planète, mettant à mal les efforts de son pays sur la voie de la démocratie ? Car si Vladimir Poutine accède au pouvoir en 1999, c'est avant tout par la volonté d'une oligarchie russe convaincue de sa maniabilité. Or, rapidement, la marionnette s'émancipe et entame un chemin qui le conduira aux pleins pouvoirs, tout en emportant l'adhésion nationale et internationale. Dans cette biographie bien sûr non autorisée, Masha Gessen nous conduit sur les traces de cette irrésistible ascension, acquise au prix d'une répression violente de toute opposition et de la destruction d'un fragile système électoral.  Masha Gessen livre une enquête journalistique sans précédent, produisant des sources, des témoignages et des documents inédits. Mais la richesse de son travail tient aussi à sa position. Journaliste moscovite, elle a été confrontée à cette violence d'Etat pratiquée à l'encontre de son métier, dont l'exemple le plus frappant fut le meurtre de son amie Anna Politkovskaya.

  • The story of an eccentric genius named Grigory Perelman, who solved Poincare's Theorem -- one of the seven great mathematical mysteries of the last century -- yet who may also refuse the million-dollar award in favor of remaining a recluse.

  • When genetic testing revealed that Masha Gessen had the dreaded BRCA1 genetic mutation--the same mutation made famous recently by Angelina Jolie, which predisposes women to ovarian and breast cancer -- she composed this valuable and extensively researched field guide to the significant role DNA plays in making us who we are.

  • An important story for our era: How the American Dream went wrong for two immigrants, and the nightmare that resulted.
    On April 15, 2013, two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston marathon, killing three people and wounding more than 264 others. In the ensuing manhunt, Tamerlan Tsarnaev died, and his younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured and ultimately charged on thirty federal counts. Yet long after the bombings and the terror they sowed, after all the testimony and debate, what we still haven’t learned is why. Why did the American Dream go so wrong for two immigrants? How did such a nightmare come to pass?
    Acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is uniquely endowed with the background, access, and talents to tell the full story. An immigrant herself, who came to the Boston area with her family as a teenager, she returned to the former Soviet Union in her early twenties and covered firsthand the transformations that were wracking her homeland and its neighboring regions. It is there that the history of the Tsarnaev brothers truly begins, as descendants of ethnic Chechens deported to Central Asia in the Stalin era. Gessen follows the family in their futile attempts to make a life for themselves in one war-torn locale after another and then, as new émigrés, in the looking-glass, utterly disorienting world of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most crucially, she reconstructs the struggle between assimilation and alienation that ensued for each of the brothers, incubating a deadly sense of mission. And she traces how such a split in identity can fuel the metamorphosis into a new breed of homegrown terrorist, with feet on American soil but sense of self elsewhere.
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • From the acclaimed author of The Man Without a Face, the previously untold story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia that reveals the complex, strange, and heart-wrenching truth behind the familiar narrative that begins with pogroms and ends with emigration.
    In 1929, the Soviet government set aside a sparsely populated area in the Soviet Far East for settlement by Jews. The place was called Birobidzhan.The idea of an autonomous Jewish region was championed by Jewish Communists, Yiddishists, and intellectuals, who envisioned a haven of post-oppression Jewish culture. By the mid-1930s tens of thousands of Soviet Jews, as well as about a thousand Jews from abroad, had moved there. The state-building ended quickly, in the late 1930s, with arrests and purges instigated by Stalin. But after the Second World War, Birobidzhan received another influx of Jews--those who had been dispossessed by the war. In the late 1940s a second wave of arrests and imprisonments swept through the area, traumatizing Birobidzhan’s Jews into silence and effectively shutting down most of the Jewish cultural enterprises that had been created. Where the Jews Aren’t is a haunting account of the dream of Birobidzhan--and how it became the cracked and crooked mirror in which we can see the true story of the Jews in twentieth-century Russia.
    (Part of the Jewish Encounters series)
    From the Hardcover edition.

  • @20@Longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award in Nonfiction@21@@16@@16@@20@Putin@12@s bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.@95@#160;@21@ @16@@16@Hailed for her @95@ldquo;fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia@95@rdquo; (@18@The@19@ @18@Wall Street Journal@19@), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In @18@The Future Is History@19@, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own@95@mdash;as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers, and writers, sexual and social beings. @16@@16@Gessen charts their paths against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today@12@s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, @18@The Future Is History@19@ is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

  • A chilling and unflinching portrait of one of the most fearsome figures in world politics.
    ;;;;;; In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went looking for a successor to the ailing and increasingly unpopular president. Vladimir Putin, with very little governmental or administrative experience--he’d been deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, and briefly, director of the secret police--nevertheless seemed the perfect choice: a “faceless” creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies could mold in their own image. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see in him the progressive leader of their dreams--even as Putin, with ruthless efficiency, dismantled the country’s media, wrested control and wealth from the business class, and destroyed the fragile mechanisms of democracy. Within a few brief years, virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave.
    ;;;;;; Masha Gessen has experienced and reported this history firsthand, and brings it up to its present moment of unrest and uncertainty. Her spellbinding account of Putin’s rise and reign will stand as a classic of narrative nonfiction.

  • The heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies
    On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, and balaclavas, they performed a 'punk prayer' beseeching the 'Mother of God' to 'get rid of Putin.' They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth.
    Masha Gessen's riveting account tells how such a phenomenon came about. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, she reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph.