Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Five books that reveal how Russia influences the world

Luke Harding is the author of Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win. At the Guardian he tagged five books that reveal how Russia influences the world, including:
The election of Donald Trump in 2016 inspired a slew of books on Russian interference. One of the best is The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder – a brisk, conceptually convincing account of democracy’s retreat in the early years of the 21st century, and authoritarianism’s giddy rise.

Putin, according to Snyder, is the world’s leading exporter of the “politics of eternity”. Russia (or America) is an eternal victim. All politicians lie, the idea of progress an illusion, and truth unimportant. Trump, in this reading, is Putin’s willing pupil: an exponent of mythical, grudge-based politics and emotive nationalism.
Read about the other books Harding tagged.

--Marshal Zeringue