"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates' loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
Pravda Ha Ha - Truth Lies and the End of Europe - cover

Pravda Ha Ha - Truth Lies and the End of Europe

Rory MacLean

Publisher: Bloomsbury UK

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award 
 
'A gem of a book, informative, companionable, sometimes funny, and wholly original. MacLean must surely be the outstanding, and most indefatigable, traveller-writer of our time' John le Carré 
 
In 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. In that euphoric year Rory MacLean travelled from Berlin to Moscow, exploring lands that were – for most Brits and Americans – part of the forgotten half of Europe. Thirty years on, MacLean traces his original journey backwards, across countries confronting old ghosts and new fears: from revanchist Russia, through Ukraine's bloodlands, into illiberal Hungary, and then Poland, Germany and the UK. Along the way he shoulders an AK-47 to go hunting with Moscow's chicken Tsar, plays video games in St Petersburg with a cyber-hacker who cracked the US election, drops by the Che Guevara High School of Political Leadership in a non-existent nowhereland and meets the Warsaw doctor who tried to stop a march of 70,000 nationalists. Finally, on the shores of Lake Geneva, he waits patiently to chat with Mikhail Gorbachev. 
 
As Europe sleepwalks into a perilous new age, MacLean explores how opportunists – both within and outside of Russia, from Putin to Home Counties populists – have made a joke of truth, exploiting refugees and the dispossessed, and examines the veracity of historical narrative from reportage to fiction and fake news. He asks what happened to the optimism of 1989 and, in the shadow of Brexit, chronicles the collapse of the European dream.

Other books that might interest you

  • The Third Violet - cover

    The Third Violet

    Stephen Crane

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    The engine bellowed its way up the slanting, winding valley. Grey crags, and trees with roots fastened cleverly to the steeps looked down at the struggles of the black monster. When the train finally released its passengers they burst forth with the enthusiasm of escaping convicts. A great bustle ensued on the platform of the little mountain station. The idlers and philosophers from the village were present to examine the consignment of people from the city. These latter, loaded with bundles and children, thronged at the stage drivers. The stage drivers thronged at the people from the city ...
    Show book
  • Travels in Alaska - “In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks” - cover

    Travels in Alaska - “In every...

    John Muir

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    John Muir was born in Scotland on April 21st, 1838.  His Father wanted his children to have a stricter Religious upbringing and therefore moved the family to the United States.  John Muir is perhaps known today as the most pre-eminent naturalist and advocate for the preservation of much of the western United States.  Today being an environmentalist is laudable but in Muir’s days the country was there to be exploited but by hard work and lobbying Muir did much to turn such beautiful areas as Yosemite into protected National Parks.  His writing is not only an invaluable guidebook to these unspoilt places but also a hymn to their spirituality.  As a keen scientific mind he helped to push the understanding of nature forward by observing and writing upon the glaciers and their actions in eroding and shaping much of the land.  Muir helped to also create The Sierra Club, which he led for many years, on projects to preserve these and other areas of outstanding natural beauty. He was equally adept at persuading politicians, from Presidents to local State officials, and the common man to come together in the defence of Nature.
    Show book
  • Notmsparker's Second Berlin Companion - Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin - cover

    Notmsparker's Second Berlin...

    Beata Gontarczyk-Krampe

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Studying Berlin is like reading a dictionary: while all that you need is a single definition, once you’ve opened the volume, hours or days later you might still find yourself happily hopping from one entry to another.
    In fact, to anyone prepared to ask questions and look closer, Berlin soon grows to feel like a whole dictionary section at the state library.
    No wonder then it proved to be an impossible task to fit all the historical facts and anecdotes gathered over several years of writing my Kreuzberged blog into just one volume.
    So for all those who enjoyed the first book, Notmsparker’s Berlin Companion or I didn’t know that about Berlin, and those who never tire of discovering and learning new, lesser-known facts from this city’s past, here is another installment of curious stories and forgotten tales straight from the treasure trove of your Berlin Companion.
    Show book
  • A Time for Swords - A gripping addictive historical thriller - cover

    A Time for Swords - A gripping...

    Matthew Harffy

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    When the Vikings attack, a novice monk's life is changed forever in Matthew Harffy's new historical adventure.
     
    Lindisfarne, AD793.
     
    There had been portents – famine, whirlwinds, lightning from clear skies, serpents seen flying through the air. But when the raiders came, no one was prepared.
     
    They came from the North, their dragon-prowed longships gliding out of the dawn mist as they descended on the kingdom's most sacred site.
     
    It is 8th June AD 793, and with the pillage of the monastery on Lindisfarne, the Viking Age has begun.
     
    While his fellow monks flee before the Norse onslaught, one young novice stands his ground. He has been taught to turn the other cheek, but faced with the slaughter of his brothers and the pagan desecration of his church, forgiveness is impossible.
     
    Hunlaf soon learns that there is a time for faith and prayer ... and there is a time for swords.
     
    Praise for Matthew Harffy:
     
    'Harffy is a master of the Dark Age thriller ... A Time for Swords is a bold opening to yet another enthralling series. It promises to be one heck of a ride' Theodore Brun, author of A Mighty Dawn
     
    'Terrific white-knuckle action, absolutely gripping storytelling ... Can't wait for the next one. Highly recommended!' Angus Donald author of Robin Hood and the Caliph's Gold
     
    'Nothing less than superb ... The tale is fast paced and violence lurks on every page' Historical Novel Society
     
    'Harffy's writing just gets better and better ... He is really proving himself the rightful heir to Gemmell's crown' Jemahl Evans, author of The Last Roundhead
    Show book
  • How the Other Half Looks - The Lower East Side and the Afterlives of Images - cover

    How the Other Half Looks - The...

    Sara Blair

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    How New York’s Lower East Side inspired new ways of seeing AmericaNew York City's Lower East Side, long viewed as the space of what Jacob Riis notoriously called the "other half," was also a crucible for experimentation in photography, film, literature, and visual technologies. This book takes an unprecedented look at the practices of observation that emerged from this critical site of encounter, showing how they have informed literary and everyday narratives of America, its citizens, and its possible futures.Taking readers from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, Sara Blair traces the career of the Lower East Side as a place where image-makers, writers, and social reformers tested new techniques for apprehending America--and their subjects looked back, confronting the means used to represent them. This dynamic shaped the birth of American photojournalism, the writings of Stephen Crane and Abraham Cahan, and the forms of early cinema. During the 1930s, the emptying ghetto opened contested views of the modern city, animating the work of such writers and photographers as Henry Roth, Walker Evans, and Ben Shahn. After World War II, the Lower East Side became a key resource for imagining poetic revolution, as in the work of Allen Ginsberg and LeRoi Jones, and exploring dystopian futures, from Cold War atomic strikes to the death of print culture and the threat of climate change.How the Other Half Looks reveals how the Lower East Side has inspired new ways of looking—and looking back—that have shaped literary and popular expression as well as American modernity.
    Show book
  • Insight Guides Pocket Rome (Travel Guide eBook) - cover

    Insight Guides Pocket Rome...

    Insight Guides

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Insight Guides Pocket RomeTravel made easy. Ask local experts.The definitive pocket-sized travel guide.Part of our UEFA Euro 2020 guidebook series. If you're planning to visit Stadio Olimpico in Rome to watch Euro 2020 matches, then this pocket guidebook provides all the information you need to make the most of your trip, from ready-made itineraries to help you explore the city when you're not at the game, to essential advice about getting around.Compact, concise and packed full of essential information about where to go and what to do, this is the ideal on-the-move travel guide for exploring Rome. From top tourist attractions like the Trevi Fountain, Roman Forum and the Sistine Chapel, to cultural gems, including one of Italy's greatest gardens at the Villa D'Este, The Vatican with its omnipresent St. Peter's Basilica dome, and the 50,000-seat, AD 80 Colosseum gladiators' arena, plan your perfect trip with this practical, all-in-one travel guide. Features of this travel guide to Rome:- Inspirational itineraries: discover the best destinations, sights and excursions, highlighted with stunning photography- Historical and cultural insights: delve into the city's rich history and culture, and learn all about its people, art and traditions- Practical full-colour maps: with every major attraction highlighted, the maps make on-the-ground navigation easy- Key tips and essential information: from transport to tipping, we've got you covered- Covers: Ancient Rome; Piazza Venezia and Capitoline Hill; Centro Storico; Spanish Steps and Tridente; The Trevi Fountain and Quirinale; Villa Borghese; The Vatican; Trastevere; The Aventine; Testaccio; Monti and Esquilino; Further Afield; ExcursionsLooking for a comprehensive guide to Italy? Check out the Insight Guide to Italy for a detailed and entertaining look at all the country has to offer.About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.
    Show book