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Surviving Autocracy

by Masha Gessen

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Surviving Autocracy by Masha Gessen
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    Jun 2020, 272 pages

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Journalist and Vladimir Putin biographer Masha Gessen places the presidency of Donald Trump in a global and historical context.

Growing up in the Soviet Union and living in Russia off and on until relocating to the United States permanently in 2013, Masha Gessen has seen autocracy in action. Working as a journalist and LGBTQ+ rights activist, Gessen has been an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, most notably in The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. In Surviving Autocracy, the author draws from a wealth of personal and professional experience to analyze the steps Donald Trump has thus far taken to undermine democracy and achieve as close an approximation of absolute power as the few institutions he has not yet managed to sabotage will allow.

There have been numerous narratives of the Trump presidency published in recent months that simply rehash the major events of the past four years and offer aggrieved commentary on various injustices but little else of substance. Gessen does recount ...

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