The Last Man in Russia
The Struggle to Save a Dying Nation
By Oliver Bullough
(Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465074983, 296pp.)
Publication Date: April 2013
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Russia is dying from the inside out. Faced with a staggering population declineand looming economic collapsedriven in large part by toxic levels of alcohol abuse, the country is on a path to ruin. In The Last Man in Russia, award-winning journalist Oliver Bullough explains that Russia’s self-destruction is a representation of a deeper sickness: a spiritual one, born out of the country’s long communist experiment. Leading readers on a journey across Russia, from a churchyard in Moscow to the mass graves in a former gulag and the headquarters of a burgeoning white supremacist group, Bullough reveals the extent and nature of the malaiseand the tragic tale of the one man who might have prevented it.
The Last Man in Russia cuts to the heart of the Russian experience, forming a narrative that is at once a travelogue, a sociological study, a biography, and a cri de coeur for a dying nation.