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Sale Of The Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution

Chrystia Freeland

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Prose: non-fiction, History

An authoritative insider's view of today's Russia - a Russian 'BARBARIANS AT THE GATE

This is the first account of Russia's second revolution - the country's dramatic, wrenching transition from communist central planning to a market economy. Written by one of the finest writers on contemporary Russia, it is told by interweaving high politics with glimpses of the revolution's impact on the lives of ordinary people.Beginning with a sharp portrayal of the dismal living conditions in the Soviet Union, she moves on to the romantic early days of the capitalist transformation. This was the height of market euphoria when, despite the chaos of everyday life, a prosperous future seemed within easy reach. Woven through the book are remarkable stories - of Yeltsin's use of popular psychics, of the might of the 'robber barons' who form alliances with criminal mafia gangs, of Machiavellian politicians who 'have dealt with the devil and believe they have made a good bargain'. In the final stage of the book, Freeland chronicles the end of the first wave of Russia's capitalist revolution, detailing the economic crisis currently rumbling through the country.

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Praise for Sale Of The Century: The Inside Story of the Second Russian Revolution

  • We now have a superb piece of reportage on the central years of the oligarchic era - which may prove, at least in its pure form, to be coterminous with the Yeltsin period This book is a tremendous illumination of early Russian business methods... Freeland s account of the central deal of the era... reads, at times, like Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full John Lloyd, NEW STATESMAN

  • 'If Marx could read SALE OF THE CENTURY, he would undoubtedly applaud.' Professor Jerry Brotton

  • 'This could so easily have been a deeply inpenetrable book. The shenanigans involving the assorted sell-offs, buy-outs and changing alliances in Russia in the past ten years have been so complex as to leave even dedicated readers feeling confused. Chrystia Freeland's achievement in SALE OF THE CENTURY is thus all the more remarkable in weaving a gripping narrative out of all the anarchy and chaos.' INDEPENDENT

  • We now have a superb piece of reportage on the central years of the oligarchic era - which may prove, at least in its pure form, to be coterminous with the Yeltsin period ... This book ... is a tremendous illumination of early Russian business methods... Freeland's account of the central deal of the era... reads, at times, like Tom Wolfe's A Man in Full - John Lloyd, NEW STATESMAN

  • If Marx could read SALE OF THE CENTURY, he would undoubtedly applaud. - Professor Jerry Brotton

  • This could so easily have been a deeply inpenetrable book. The shenanigans involving the assorted sell-offs, buy-outs and changing alliances in Russia in the past ten years have been so complex as to leave even dedicated readers feeling confused. Chrystia Freeland's achievement in SALE OF THE CENTURY is thus all the more remarkable in weaving a gripping narrative out of all the anarchy and chaos. - INDEPENDENT

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Chrystia Freeland

Chrystia Freeland is deputy Chief Editor of the FINANCIAL TIMES. This is her first book.

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