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Když se v roce 2016 stal vítězem amerických prezidentských voleb Donald Trump, spousta Američanů i lidí po celém světě se uklidňovala odolností amerického systému a stabilitou jeho institucí. Do čela světové velmoci se možná dostal narcistní psychopat, demokracie však nestojí na osobnostech, nýbrž na pevném systému vah a protivah, nezávislých úřadů a institucí s dlouhou a váženou tradicí, tradovalo se mezi západními novináři a komentátory. Jako jedna z mála kritizovala tento přístup Masha Gessen — léta strávená v Rusku i psaním o vládě Vladimira Putina jí napovídala, že přerod demokracie v autokracii může být snazší a rychlejší, než by se mohlo zdát. Z jejího eseje „Autocracy: Rules for Survival“ (Autokracie: pravidla přežití) se proto krátce po Trumpově vítězství stal jeden z nejsdílenějších a nejcitovanějších článků. Kniha Přežít autokracii však není pouhým knižním rozpracováním původního eseje či další položkou v dlouhém výčtu Trumpových skandálů a překračování demokratických mantinelů. Gessen zkušenosti s vládou a kroky Donalda Trumpa z posledních čtyř let zasazuje do širšího politického rámce a srovnává je s podobným vývojem v Rusku či orbánovském Maďarsku.
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Muž bez tváře - Neuvěřitelný vzestup Vladimira Putina


Když se v roce 1999 lidé kolem Borise Jelcina snažili najít náhradu za svého chřadnoucího a čím dál méně oblíbeného prezidenta, padla jejich volba na tehdy téměř neznámého Vladimira Vladimiroviče Putina, muže bez tváře, o němž si mysleli, že se jim snadno podaří dotvořit jej podle vlastních představ. A skutečně, Rusko i poblázněný Západ byly rozhodnuty vidět v něm progresivního vůdce svých snů, dokonce i tehdy, když Putin nemilosrdně rozprášil ruská média, vyrval moc i bohatství z rukou byznysmenů a zlikvidoval křehce se rodící demokratické mechanismy. Během několika let byly odstraněny všechny překážky, jež by mu jakkoliv bránily v uplatnění nekontrolovatelné moci: opoziční hlasy byly umlčeny, političtí protivníci a kritici vyhnáni do exilu nebo zavražděni. Masha Gessenová tento příběh zažila na vlastní kůži a podle toho o něm také hovoří. Její fascinující vyprávění o Putinově vzestupu a vládě je vynikajícím dílem žurnalistické literatury a českému čtenáři přinese nejedno překvapení. Masha Gessenová (nar. 1967) je rusko-americká novinářka, spisovatelka a politická aktivistka. Patří k nejhlasitějším a nejvýznamnějším odpůrcům ruského prezidenta Vladimira Putina v západních médiích. Narodila se v moskevské židovské rodině, roku 1981 se s rodiči přestěhovala do Spojených států a v roce 1991 přesídlila zpět do Ruska, kde v následujících dvou desetiletích pracovala pro řadu novin, časopisů a televizních stanic, nejprve jako reportérka a postupně na čím dál vyšších pozicích. Mimoto byla jednou z nejvýraznějších představitelek gay a lesbického hnutí v Rusku. Po nástupu Vladimira Putina k moci čelila v pracovním i osobním životě čím dál větším potížím. Koncem roku 2013 se rozhodla k návratu do Spojených států, především kvůli obavám, že by jí v rámci všeobecného tažení proti homosexuálům mohly být odebrány její adoptované děti. Přispívá do řady významných novin a časopisů, například The New York Times, The Washington Post, New Statesman, Vanity Fair a Harper’s Magazine. Je autorkou několika knih, vedle Muž bez tváře (2012) například Words Will Break Cement. The Passion of Pussy Riot (Slova prorazí cement. Vášeň Pussy Riot, 2014) či The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy (Bratři. Cesta k americké tragédii, 2015) o bratrech Carnajevových.. Muž bez tváře byl dosud přeložen do více než dvaceti jazyků.
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15,58 € 16,40 €

Man without Face


When Vladimir Putin, an unimportant, low-level KGB operative, was rushed to power by a group of Oligarchs in 1999, he was a man without a history. Within a few brief years, Putin had dismantled the country's media, wrested control and wealth from the country's burgeoning business class, and decimated the fragile mechanisms of democracy. Virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave. Drawing on information and sources no other writer has tapped, Masha Gessen's fearless account charts Putin's rise from the boy who had scrapped his way through post-war Leningrad schoolyards, to the 'faceless' man who manoeuvred his way into absolute - and absolutely corrupt - power.
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11,88 € 12,50 €

Future is History


In The Future is History Masha Gessen follows the lives of four Russians, born as the Soviet Union crumbled, at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children or grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own - as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths not only against the machinations of the regime that would seek to crush them all (censorship, intimidation, violence) but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring the unobstructed emergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. The Future is History is a powerful and urgent cautionary tale by contemporary Russia's most fearless inquisitor.
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13,25 € 13,95 €

Words Will Break Cement


On February 21st 2012, five members of an obscure feminist post-punk collective called Pussy Riot staged a performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Dressed in their trademark brightly coloured dresses and balaclavas, the women performed their song 'Punk Prayer - Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!' in front of the altar. The performance lasted only 40 seconds but it resulted in two-year prison sentences for three of the performers - and has turned Pussy Riot into one of the most well-known and important protest movements of the last five years. This necessary and timely book is an account of the Pussy Riot protest, the ensuing global support movement, and the tangled and controversial trial of the band members. It explores the status of dissent in Russia, the roots of the group and their adoption - or appropriation - by wider collectives, feminist groups and music icons. Masha Gessen has unique access to the band and those closest to them. Her unrivalled understanding of the Russian protest movement makes her the ideal writer to document and explain the rage, the beauty and the phenomenon that is Pussy Riot.
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12,30 € 12,95 €

The Future is History


In The Future is History Masha Gessen follows the lives of four Russians, born as the Soviet Union crumbled, at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children or grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own - as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths not only against the machinations of the regime that would seek to crush them all (censorship, intimidation, violence) but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring the unobstructed emergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. The Future is History is a powerful and urgent cautionary tale by contemporary Russia's most fearless inquisitor.
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18,00 € 18,95 €

Words Will Break Cement


The heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, and balaclavas, they performed a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth. Masha Gessen's riveting account tells how such a phenomenon came about. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, she reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph.
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10,93 € 11,50 €

Surviving Autocracy


“When Gessen speaks about autocracy, you listen.” —The New York Times “The Platonic ideal of the anti-Trump Trump book.” —The Washington Post As seen on MSNBC Morning Joe and heard on NPR All Things Considered: the bestselling, National Book Award-winning journalist offers an essential guide to understanding, resisting, and recovering from the ravages of our tumultuous times. In the run-up to the 2016 election, Masha Gessen stood out from other journalists for the ability to convey the ominous significance of Donald Trump’s speech and behavior, unprecedented in a national candidate. Within forty-eight hours of his victory, the essay “Autocracy: Rules for Survival” had gone viral, and Gessen’s coverage of his norm-smashing presidency became essential reading for a citizenry struggling to wrap their heads around the unimaginable. Thanks to the special perspective that is the legacy of a Soviet childhood and two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia, Gessen has a sixth sense for signs of autocracy—and the unique cross-cultural fluency to delineate its emergence to Americans. This incisive book provides an indispensable overview of the calamitous trajectory of the past few years. Gessen not only highlights the corrosion of the media, the judiciary, and the cultural norms we hoped would save us but also tells us the story of how a short few years have changed us, from a people who saw ourselves as a nation of immigrants to a populace haggling over a border wall, heirs to a degraded sense of truth, meaning, and possibility. Surviving Autocracy is an inventory of ravages but also a beacon to recovery—or to enduring, and resisting, an ongoing assault.
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17,05 € 17,95 €

Man without a Face


A brave and revelatory account of how a small-minded, low-level KGB operative became the most powerful man in the world's largest country. Since coming to power in 1999, Vladimir Putin has ruthlessly seized control of media, exiled or killed political rivals and dismantled Russia's fragile electoral system, transforming Russia once more into a threat to her own people and to the world.Masha Gessen experienced this history first-hand, in the form of death-threats and the murder, exile, and mysterious disappearances of many of her friends and colleagues. She courageously returned to Moscow to report on Putin's alarming ascent, tracking down sources who dared speak to no one else.
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15,19 € 15,99 €

The Future is History


In The Future is History Masha Gessen follows the lives of four Russians, born as the Soviet Union crumbled, at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children or grandchildren of the very architects of the new Russia, each with newfound aspirations of their own - as entrepreneurs, activists, thinkers and writers, sexual and social beings. Gessen charts their paths not only against the machinations of the regime that would seek to crush them all (censorship, intimidation, violence) but also against the war it waged on understanding itself, ensuring the unobstructed emergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today's terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. The Future is History is a powerful and urgent cautionary tale by contemporary Russia's most fearless inquisitor.
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14,20 € 14,95 €