In his first account of Russia, Lenin's Tomb, David Remnick wrote a history paced like a thriller that recast the common understanding of the last days of the Soviet Empire. While most reporters mouthed the standard lines about the "fall of communism," Remnick delivered a gripping account of how the old order in which gangsters ruled through brutal state power lost its hold on the Russian people. Remnick's stunning reportage cut away the myths of the Soviet system to provide the first account of how Eastern Europeans and former citizens of the Soviet Union had long viewed the Soviet regime. The book won the young author his first Pulitzer Prize.
In his new and equally superb book Resurrection, Remnick offers clear-eyed commentary on how the old order of gangsters has given way to a new order. Russia's power elite, he tells us, has embraced the tools and techniques of markets and electioneering to maintain power, while organized crime is fast becoming a major force in the economy. Remnick also describes how the changes in Russia have effected the people themselves. Heart-wrenching chapters on the war in Chechnya, the health and welfare of children (only 15 percent of school children are classified as healthy, and 50 percent are unfit for military service), and the diminished state of Russian letters and literature chronicle the suffering of a once proud nation as it attempts to rebuild itself. Resurrection makes good on Remnick's name and reputation as the best American writer on Russia today. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
In this follow-up to Lenin's Tomb (LJ 6/15/93), which focused on the collapse of the USSR, Remnick concentrates on the post-Soviet scene and its prospects. We meet a rich variety of personalities, some familiar?like Alexander Solzhenitsyn and "retired czar" Mikhail Gorbachev? and some largely unknown?like Vladimir Gusinsky, the most powerful member of the new emerging Muscovite elite. Boris Yeltsin figures crucially in Remnick's narrative, which paints vignettes about the "new Russia." Chaotic uncertainty, massive corruption, and crime are notoriously present, yet the possibility of a different, better life also beckons. The past is not encouraging, but Remnick ends on a tentatively hopeful note. This is an interesting, highly informative portrait of a country struggling toward a fateful future. Strongly recommended.
-?Robert H. Johnston, McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ontario
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After reading Lenin's Tomb, I was eager to read Remnick's follow up book about the struggle within Russia. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sandra
Both Remnick's on Russia provide deep and useful insights on the political life of this country. A must-read for people interested in Russia's recent history.Published on September 25, 2008 by Girts Grisans
I had to get this for school but it's actually kind of interesting.Published on November 9, 2006 by Domenic Mezzanotte
Remnick gives a detailed portrait of Russian society in the 1990's. He points out how the promised hope of a new era of freedom has been delayed. Read morePublished on November 24, 2005 by Shalom Freedman
This is an excellent book about what took place in Russia during the 1990s. It is perhaps a bit too detailed and focused on personalities a bit too much. Read morePublished on July 31, 2001 by unraveler
Remnick's writing as a vehicle for depicting current life in Russia may engross you more than fiction.
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David remnick has written a book that is a sequel to his "Lenin's Tomb" of several years ago. Read morePublished on June 15, 2000 by Christopher Higgins
Author David Remnick continues where he left off from his masterpiece "Lenin's Tomb" by following events in Russia first hand as the country struggled with the advent of... Read morePublished on May 11, 2000 by Brian D. Rubendall