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Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  211 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Remnick chronicles the new Russia that emerged from the ash heap of the Soviet Union. From the siege of Parliament to the farcically tilted elections of 1996, from the rubble of Grozny to the grandiose wealth and naked corruption of today's Moscow, Remnick chronicles a society so racked by change that its citizens must daily ask themselv ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 26th 1998 by Vintage (first published 1997)
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Mike
Mar 23, 2015 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people interested in Russia

"Strangely enough, the people not only understand but forgive their drinking leader, swearing at and cursing him nonetheless...Yeltsin's pranks do not cling to him, they go off him like water off a duck's back. One can only guess why. He is far from an ideal ruler. Our people do not tolerate ideal rulers. He is bone of the bone, flesh of the flesh of his nation. And the whole set of the nation's weaknesses and inclinations can be read in his face."

The end of the Soviet Union initially brought a
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The Mistah
Feb 01, 2008 The Mistah rated it it was ok
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.
Elinor
Aug 02, 2008 Elinor rated it liked it
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 ...more
Joeji
Dec 16, 2008 Joeji rated it really liked it
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
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Audrey
May 06, 2011 Audrey rated it liked it
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.
Jennifer
Nov 13, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
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.
Patrick
Jul 29, 2008 Patrick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: not to books about bears lovers
Recommended to Patrick by: tom petty's song
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
Ryan
Dec 12, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
Good if you like Russian history. Gives a great first hand perspective of the events of the 1990's in Russia.
Polly Callahan
Jun 22, 2011 Polly Callahan rated it it was amazing
great, how a government is created
one strong AP students found it tedious
Joel Blunt
Jul 24, 2013 Joel Blunt rated it really liked it
A fantastic book on post-soviet Russia. Must-read for any Kremlin-observer
dylsmack
Nov 01, 2007 dylsmack rated it really liked it
interesting look at post-soviet russia's development in the modern world.
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Aug 24, 2014 Susan Skelly rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
It had an uneven feel (style) but parts of it were very well done.
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May 09, 2010 Rod Zemke rated it it was amazing
A great writer.
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David Remnick (born October 29, 1958) is an American journalist, writer, and magazine editor. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for his book Lenin s Tomb The Last Days of the Soviet Empire. Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker magazine since 1998. He was named Editor of the Year by Advertising Age in 2000. Before joining The New Yorker, Remnick was a reporter and the Moscow correspondent for Th ...more
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