“Many people think there’s no political competition to Vladimir Putin in Russia, but that’s not true. In a free and fair election in Russia Alexei Navalny could easily become Russia's next president. David Herszenhorn, with a wealth of experience reporting on the ground in Russia, does the world a service by painting a portrait of Navalny, so we can understand this intriguing alternative to Putin. Herszenhorn also describes the lengths Putin is ready to go to shut down Navalny and his message with his unconscionable abuse of the criminal justice system to torture Navalny and his fellow political prisoners."—Bill Browder, author of Red Notice and Freezing Order
“Where did Alexey Navalny find the courage and stamina to become the most prominent opposition voice in Russia, fighting Vladimir Putin’s dictatorship from the streets and from prison? In ‘The Dissident,’ David Herszenhorn smartly reveals a dissident of remarkable tenacity and high ideals, determined to build a free Russia. If he survives, Navalny could lead it.”—David E. Hoffman, author of The Oligarchs and The Dead Hand
deftly tracks the public career of Vladimir Putin’s leading opposition challenger [and…] doesn’t shy away from the paradoxes that make Alexei Navalny a problematic figure for some Western supporters, and reflect something about the wider nature of Russian society: his dynamism, bravery and political talent confronting the Kremlin together with his nativist and imperialist views. THE DISSIDENT is a compelling portrait of the man who, despite languishing in prison for the foreseeable future, remains the brightest light of the Russian opposition.”—Gregory Feifer, executive director, Institute of Current World Affairs; author, Russians: The People Behind the Power
"David Herszenhorn paints a gripping portrait of the complex career of Alexey Navalny, Russia’s leading opposition politician and Putin nemesis, who sits behind bars in a Russian maximum security prison. His vivid account of how Putin’s Russia has descended into a repressive, corrupt autocracy raises important questions about the fate of this famous dissident—and of Russia itself."
—Angela Stent, author of Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest