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The 5 Best Books To Understand What The Hell Is Happening With Russia Right Now

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Photo by MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock (9218399g) Vladimir Putin and Donald J. Trump APEC 2017 summit in Vietnam, Da Nang, Viet Nam - 11 Nov 2017 US President Donald J. Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin talk during a family photo session at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, 11 November 2017. The APEC summit brings together world leaders from its 21 member nations and is being hosted for the second time by Vietnam, the first being in 2006.
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* New books chronicle the rise of Vladimir Putin
* See how the Russian political landscape has changed over the last 20 years
* Uncover startling new revelations that could link Trump to Putin

It’s arguably the single biggest issue facing the country today, and yet there are so many details left out. Does Russia have kompromat on Donald Trump? And if so, what could it be? If you’re curious to understand what’s happening with Putin, Russia and the Trump team, these five books will leave you speechless.

1. The Man Without a Face (Gessen)

As a journalist living in Moscow, author Masha Gessen has firsthand experience of Putin’s rise to power. Featuring new interviews with prominent politicians no one has ever interviewed before, this powerful book shines a new light on the Russia of today.

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2. Winter Is Coming (Kasparov)

Covering the ascension of Vladimir Putin in newly discovered detail, author Garry Kasparov’s coverage of Putin is unfiltered, uncouth and completely riveting. If you ever wanted to know more about the current state of Russian politics, this book is a must.

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3. Putin’s Kleptocracy (Dawisha)

Who really owns Russia? It’s a question that’s been on the minds of more politicians and activists than ever before. This tell-all chronicles how Putin came to power and sheds a much-needed light on his cabal and the millions (if not billions) they’ve made over the years.

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4. Red Notice (Browder)

A New York Times bestseller, this book explains in grainy, gritty detail why the Trump campaign wanted to meet with Putin. As a former Wall Street maverick-turned-political activist, author Bill Browder brings a fresh perspective to what may be the biggest question that’s currently on America’s mind: Did Donald Trump really collude with Russia?

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5. Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible (Pomerantsev)

British TV producer Peter Pomerantsev dives head first into Russia’s seedy political underbelly, uncovering new facts and startling revelations along the way. From the smokey back alleyways to the mafia-run towns in Serbia, Pomerantsev leaves no stone left unturned.

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