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Listen to Understand & #StandwithUkraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 shocked and horrified the world. How did it come to this? What can be done? Listen to understand what's happening and how things got this bad. Arm yourself with knowledge.

Red Famine

Stalin's War on Ukraine

By: Anne Applebaum
Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 17 hours 45 minutes

Red Famine was a difficult read, but also incredibly powerful and affecting. It is a fascinating and harrowing account of the Holodomor, the devastating famine of 1932-33 that was manufactured by Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union to eliminate the Ukrainian people and their independence movements. Applebaum also does an incredible job to tie the... Read more

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Twilight of Democracy

The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism

By: Anne Applebaum
Narrated by: Anne Applebaum
Length: 5 hours 15 minutes

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • "How did our democracy go wrong? This extraordinary document ... is Applebaum's answer." —Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny

The Pulitzer Prize–winning historian explains, with electrifying clarity, why elites in democracies around the world are turning toward nationalism and authoritarianism.


From the United States and... Read more

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The Free World

Art and Thought in the Cold War

By: Louis Menand
Narrated by: David Colacci
Length: 34 hours 54 minutes

"Narrator David Colacci approaches this opinionated, engrossing audiobook with a practiced voice that lets its numerous stories tell themselves without fanfare...this audiobook is a monumental work." -- AudioFile Magazine

In his follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize
–winning The Metaphysical Club, Louis Menand offers a new intellectual and cultural... Read more

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From Russia with Blood

The Kremlin's Ruthless Assassination Program and Vladimir Putin's Secret War on the West

By: Heidi Blake
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 10 hours 36 minutes

The untold story of how Russia refined the art and science of targeted assassination abroad: “A compelling rendering of Putin’s frightening extensions of power into Europe and the United States” (Associated Press). 

They thought they had found a safe haven in the green hills of England. They were wrong. One by one, the Russian oligarchs,... Read more

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I Will Die In A Foreign Land

By: Kalani Pickhart
Narrated by: Adam Barr
Length: 8 hours 4 minutes

In 1913, a Russian ballet incited a riot in Paris at the new Théâtre de Champs-Elysées. A century later, in November 2013, thousands of Ukrainian citizens gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv to protest then-President Yanukovych's failure to sign a referendum with the European Union, opting instead to forge a closer alliance with President... Read more

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This Is Not Propaganda

Adventures in the War Against Reality

By: Peter Pomerantsev
Narrated by: Matthew Waterson
Length: 7 hours 29 minutes

Learn how the perception of truth has been weaponized in modern politics with this "insightful" account of propaganda in Russia and beyond during the age of disinformation (New York Times).
When information is a weapon, every opinion is an act of war.

We live in a world of influence operations run amok, where dark ads, psyops, hacks, bots, soft... Read more

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The Long Hangover

Putin’s New Russia and the Ghosts of the Past

By: Shaun Walker
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 9 hours 44 minutes

In The Long Hangover, Shaun Walker provides new insight into contemporary Russia and its search for a new identity, telling the story through the country's troubled relationship with its Soviet past. Walker not only explains Vladimir Putin's goals and the government's official manipulations of history, but also focuses on ordinary Russians and... Read more

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Bloodlands

Europe Between Hitler and Stalin

By: Timothy Snyder
Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
Length: 19 hours 13 minutes

“A comprehensive work of scholarship documenting the nightmarish history of the 'bloodlands' that stretch from Poland to St. Petersburg and then southwest to where Ukraine runs into the Black Sea. In these areas the policies of Stalin and Hitler resulted in the deaths of 14 million people. Snyder asks -- how could so many human lives be brought... Read more

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In Wartime

Stories from Ukraine

By: Tim Judah
Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

Making his way from the Polish border in the west, through the capital city and the heart of the 2014 revolution, to the eastern frontline near the Russian border, seasoned war reporter Tim Judah brings a rare glimpse of the reality behind the headlines. Along the way he talks to the people living through the conflict—mothers, soldiers,... Read more

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American Kompromat

How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery

By: Craig Unger
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 12 hours 23 minutes

**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**

Kompromat
n.—Russian for "compromising information"

This is a story about the dirty secrets of the most powerful people in the world—including Donald Trump.

It is based on exclusive interviews with dozens of high-level sources—intelligence officers in the CIA, FBI, and the KGB, thousands of ... Read more

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The Future Is History (National Book Award Winner)

How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia

By: Masha Gessen
Narrated by: Masha Gessen
Length: 16 hours 44 minutes

WINNER OF THE 2017 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION

FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS 

WINNER OF THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY'S HELEN BERNSTEIN BOOK AWARD  

NAMED A BEST BOOK OF 2017 BY THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWLOS ANGELES TIMES, WASHINGTON POSTBOSTON GLOBESEATTLE TIMESCHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, NEWSWEEK, PASTE,...
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Midnight in Chernobyl

The Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

By: Adam Higginbotham
Narrated by: Jacques Roy
Length: 13 hours 55 minutes

One of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2019!

A New York Times Best Book of the Year
A Time Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence Winner
One of NPR’s Best Books of 2019

Journalist Adam Higginbotham’s definitive, years-in-the-making account of the Chernobyl nuclear power... Read more

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Manual for Survival

A Chernobyl Guide to the Future

By: Kate Brown
Narrated by: Christina Delaine
Length: 12 hours 53 minutes

Dear Comrades! Since the accident at the Chernobyl power plant, there has been a detailed analysis of the radioactivity of the food and territory of your population point. The results show that living and working in your village will cause no harm to adults or children.

So began a pamphlet issued by the Ukrainian Ministry of Health—which,... Read more

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The Road to Unfreedom

Russia, Europe, America

By: Timothy Snyder
Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
Length: 10 hours 9 minutes

“Perhaps you read Snyder's bracing pamphlet, On Tyranny (or the Facebook post it was based on)—from its title, I had imagined this new, much larger book as an expansion of those ideas, but, while it's written in the same level-headed-but-urgent tone (which Snyder's voice for the audiobook perfectly represents), it's doing something related but... Read more

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Red Notice

A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice

By: Bill Browder
Narrated by: Adam Grupper
Length: 14 hours 7 minutes

November 2009. An emaciated young lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, is led to a freezing isolation cell in a Moscow prison, handcuffed to a bed rail, and beaten to death by eight police officers. His crime? To testify against the Russian Interior Ministry officials who were involved in a conspiracy to steal $230 million of taxes paid to the state by one... Read more

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Moneyland

The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World

By: Oliver Bullough
Narrated by: Oliver Bullough
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes

"If you want to know why international crooks and their eminently respectable financial advisors walk tall and only the little people pay taxes, this is the ideal book for you. Every politician and moneyman on the planet should read it, but they won't because it's actually about them." —John le Carré, author of A Legacy of Spies

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House of Trump, House of Putin

The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia

By: Craig Unger
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“The story Unger weaves with those earlier accounts and his original reporting is fresh, illuminating and more alarming than the intelligence channel described in the Steele dossier.”—The Washington Post

House of Trump, House of Putin
offers the first comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship...
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The Man Without a Face

The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

By: Masha Gessen
Narrated by: Masha Gessen
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes

National Book Award winner Masha Gessen's biography of a ruthless man's ascent to near-absolute power.

“In a country where journalists critical of the government have a way of meeting untimely deaths, Gessen has shown remarkable courage in researching and writing this unflinching indictment of the most powerful man in Russia.” —The Wall Street... Read more

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Putin's People

How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Took On the West

By: Catherine Belton
Narrated by: Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
Length: 18 hours 12 minutes

"This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades." —Peter Frankopan, Financial Times

Interference in American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent... Read more

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