Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a journalist, author, and activist known for their work on Russian and American politics, LGBTQ rights, and the authoritarian nature of Vladimir Putin's presidency. Gessen, who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns, has written several books, including 'The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin' and 'The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,' which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2017.


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  1. 1. The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

    This book provides a deeply researched examination of the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, focusing on the lives of four individuals born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. The book explores how, after the fall of the Soviet Union, instead of moving towards a democratic society, Russia has seen a rise in a new form of totalitarianism under its current leadership. It delves into the psychological shift in the Russian populace, the government's use of homophobia as a method of control, and how the internet and social media have been weaponized for political purposes.

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