It’s already a pretty big list, so I won’t be taking nominations for more. I hope to write reviews of all of them as they’re (re)read.
- The Return (Daniel Treisman) – the best Russian politics books out there. 5/5
- Armageddon Averted (Stephen Kotkin) – TBR (to be read)
- Putin (Chris Hutchins, Alexander Korobko) – TBR, but has to be good as it quotes me.
- Soviet Fates and Lost Alternatives (Stephen Cohen) – 5/5
- Virtual Politics (Andrew Wilson) – too much PoMo, but solid. 4/5
- Drug, Sex and Libel in the New Moscow (Mark Ames, Matt Taibbi, Edward Limonov) – TBR, for the lulz.
- From the First Person (Putin) – all Western journalists would benefit from reading this series of telling interviews. 5/5
- The Oligarchs (David E. Hoffman) – TBR
- Popular literature with satires of politics/economics including Metro 2033 and works by Pelevin.
- The New Cold War (Edward Lucas) – to remind myself of hack enemy talking points. 1/5
- Vekhi (anthology) – key book from 1909 that informs current Kremlin ideology.
- Putin’s Comeback (Chen Xiaomeng) – TBR, can’t say I’ll read all or even most of it, as it exists only in Chinese and my Chinese isn’t that good, but it will sure make a refreshing change from Western harping.
Obviously these are just the books, I’ll be looking over tons of papers and news articles too.