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Masha Gessen presents Surviving Autocracy

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Russian-American journalist and National Book Award-winning author Masha Gessen outlines the changes in American identity and institutions.

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In the run-up to the 2016 election, Russian-American journalist and bestselling, National Book Award-winning author 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 Trump's victory, the essay "Autocracy: Rules for Survival" had gone viral. 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. Now, as the 2020 race takes shape, Gessen's book Surviving Autocracy 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 other cherished institutions, 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. Essential reading for a citizenry still struggling to wrap their heads around the unimaginable, Gessen’s incisive book will be a lodestar in tumultuous times.

Each $30 ticket includes admission to the event, as well as a hardcover copy of Surviving Autocracy; books are distributed at the event, and additional books are for sale. Masha Gessen will sign books following the presentation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Masha Gessen is the author of ten books, including the National Book Award-winning The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. A staff writer at the New Yorker and the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, Gessen teaches at Amherst College and lives in New York City.

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