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An Evening with Masha Gessen - 11/20/17

An Evening with Masha Gessen - 11/20/17


Monday, November 20th | 6:30pm

Masha Gessen's new book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, has won the 2017 National Book Award for Nonfiction!

The Midtown Scholar Bookstore is thrilled to welcome internationally acclaimed Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen to Harrisburg as she discusses and signs copies of her new book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. Gessen will be in conversation with Dickinson Professor Russell Bova

This event is free and open to the public, as space permits.

VIP Reserved Seating opens at 5:30pm; conversation begins at 6:30pm. Book signing to follow. 

To reserve VIP seating, you must purchase a copy of the book through the Midtown Scholar Bookstore.

Books are available for advance purchase in-store or online. If you purchase the book online here, your copy will be available for pick-up on the evening of the event. Your email order confirmation will serve as your ticket for VIP reserved seating.

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About the Book:

Putin’s bestselling biographer reveals how, in the space of a generation, Russia surrendered to a more virulent and invincible new strain of autocracy.  

Hailed for her “fearless indictment of the most powerful man in Russia” (The Wall Street Journal), award-winning journalist Masha Gessen is unparalleled in her understanding of the events and forces that have wracked her native country in recent times. In The Future Is History, she follows the lives of four people born at what promised to be the dawn of democracy. Each of them came of age with unprecedented expectations, some as the children and 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 against the machinations of the regime that would crush them all, and against the war it waged on understanding itself, which ensured the unobstructed reemergence of the old Soviet order in the form of today’s terrifying and seemingly unstoppable mafia state. Powerful and urgent, The Future Is History is a cautionary tale for our time and for all time.

About the Author:

Masha Gessen is an award-winning Russian-American journalist who is the author of several books, including the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, Slate, and many other publications, and she has received many awards, including a Carnegie fellowship. Her latest book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia has just been published by Riverhead Books in October 2017. She lives in New York.

About the Interviewer:

Russell Bova is the Walter E. Beach '56 Chair in Political Science and Professor of International Studies at Dickinson College. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Russian politics and comparative democratization. He edited and contributed two chapters to a book entitled Russia and Western Civilization: Cultural and Historical Encounters. The third edition of his international relations textbook, How the World Works: A Brief Survey of International Relations, was published in 2015, and he is currently working on a new book dealing with ethics and international security policy.