About this book
A new way to think about Russia from the author of the Orwell Prize-shortlisted "Let Our Fame Be Great". He argues that 1989 was not a great renewal, and that the country is still in a crisis which began in the 1960s.
In the 1960s, when the Soviet Union said it was building heaven on earth and the brave, non-conformist dissidents lived like free men in the midst of this enormous prison, the Russian nation began to drink itself to death. For a while, government income from vodka surpassed their income from oil. This title offers a study of a nation in crisis.