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Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia

by: Peter Pomerantsev
pp: 256
ISBN: 9781610394550

In the new Russia, even dictatorship is a reality show. Professional killers with the souls of artists, would-be theater directors turned Kremlin puppet-masters, suicidal supermodels, Hell’s Angels who hallucinate themselves as holy warriors, and oligarch revolutionaries: welcome to the glittering, surreal heart of twenty-first-century Russia. It is a world erupting with new money and new power, changing so fast it breaks all sense of reality, home to a form of dictatorship—far subtler than twentieth-century strains—that is rapidly rising to challenge the West.
When British producer Peter Pomerantsev plunges into the booming Russian TV industry, he gains access to every nook and corrupt cranny of the country. He is brought to smoky rooms for meetings with propaganda gurus running the nerve-center of the Russian media machine, and visits Siberian mafia-towns and the salons of the international super-rich in London and the US. As the Putin regime becomes more aggressive, Pomerantsev finds himself drawn further into the system.
Dazzling yet piercingly insightful, Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible is an unforgettable voyage into a country spinning from decadence into madness.
The book is longlisted for the Samuel Johnson and Guardian First Book Awards and shortlisted for the Pushkin House and Gordon Burns Prizes, and is being translated into over ten languages.


About the Author

Peter is currently a Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, London, where he heads a program investigating 21st-century propaganda, information war, and counter-narratives. He writes widely on this subject for publications including the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, London Review of Books, Politico, New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, and many others. Previous to Legatum, he was a television producer in the UK and Russia, working on award-winning documentaries and factual formats for Discovery, BBC, Channel 4, and TNT.


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