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The Long Hangover

Nonfiction: History
Unabridged   9.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 01/02/2018

The Long Hangover

Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681688398
Digital Download ISBN:9781681688404


The Long Hangover is a book about a lost generation: the millions of Russians who lost their country with the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent attempts to restore to them a sense of purpose. It shows that the legacy of the collapse is one with which Russia and Russians are still grappling.

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In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its search for a new identity, telling the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and their motivations. He charts how Putin raised victory in World War II to the status of a national founding myth in the search for a unifying force to heal a divided country, and shows how dangerous the ramifications of this have been. The book explores why Russia, unlike Germany, has failed to come to terms with the darkest pages of its past: Stalin's purges, the Gulag, and the war deportations. The narrative roams from the corridors of the Kremlin to the wilds of the Gulags and the trenches of east Ukraine. It puts the annexation of Crimea and the newly assertive Russia in the context of the delayed fallout of the Soviet collapse.

Packed with analysis but told mainly through vibrant reportage, The Long Hangover is a thoughtful exploration of the legacy of the Soviet collapse and how it has affected life in Russia and Putin's policies.


“Michael Page's reading is exceptional. Especially fine is his ability to convey incredulity in the face of indoctrinated Russians who view Putin with rose-colored glasses.” —Library Journal

"[Walker] traveled to the faraway corners of the former Soviet Union and interviewed people whose voices are heard very rarely, especially in the West. The author must be a great listener and a careful interviewer to win the trust and confidence of all these individuals. He takes their stories seriously without dismissing their experiences." —Washington Post

"Intelligent and ambitious, Walker's book succeeds in providing insight into the recent history of a nation at the center of world attention." —Publisher's Weekly

"The Long Hangover is thoughtful, brave, and full of insight. Anyone who wants to understand Russia now needs to read it." —John Simpson, BBC News

Author Bio

Shaun Walker is the Moscow correspondent for the Guardian. He studied Russian and Soviet history at Oxford University, and has worked as a journalist in Moscow for more than a decade. Previously, he was Moscow Correspondent for the Independent.