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The Russia Anxiety

And How History Can Resolve It
Narrated by: Sam Woolf
Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: History, Political

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Russia is an exceptional country, the biggest in the world. It is both European and exotic, powerful and weak, brilliant and flawed. Why are we so afraid of it? Time and again, we judge Russia by unique standards. 

We have usually assumed that it possesses higher levels of cunning, malevolence and brutality. Yet the country has more often than not been a crucial ally, not least against Napoleon and in the two world wars. 

We admire its music and its writers. We lavish praise on the Russian soul. And still we think of Russia as a unique menace. What is it about this extraordinary country that consistently provokes such excessive responses? And why is this so dangerous?

Ranging from the earliest times to the present, Mark B. Smith's remarkable new book is a history of this 'Russia Anxiety'. 

Whether ally or enemy, superpower or failing state, Russia grips our imagination and fuels our fears unlike any other country. This book shows how history itself offers a clearer view and a better future.     

©2019 Mark B. Smith (P)2019 Penguin Random House UK

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  • 07-09-2020

A great book analysing Russian anxiety

Loved the book, as a Russian still found some new things in it that they don't teach in class. Smart and analytical, not taking sides. Even bought a hard copy of it to have. The only negative thing is that the narrator had a really hard time with Russian names and places, it was difficult to recognize even familiar concepts. I suggest consulting a native before recording.

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  • Sam Corkindale
  • 12-12-2019

Pronunciation

The reader has a nice engaging voice and intonation. I wish he had learnt to properly pronounce the Russian and French terms though.

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  • 24-09-2019

Awesome book

Very good explanation on why Russia is what it is. An eye opener for Russia haters.