Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia: An Iconoclastic History by a Recovering Russophile (Unabridged)
by Jennifer Eremeeva
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I always imagine Russian history, suggests American writer and veteran expatriate, Jennifer Eremeeva, on a huge, 3D IMAX screen, surround sound booming with a jumbo bucket of popcorn in your lap and huge blue drink at your side. Eremeeva should know: as a former tour guide and Ivy League-educated historian, Eremeeva is adept at making Russia's complex history both entertaining and digestible for non-academics. She strolls expertly but lightly through her material, tracing the winning formula for Russia's effective rulers back to the Tatar Mongols: revealing why Ivan may not have been so Terrible; explaining why Catherine so totally awesome; and asserting that neither Peter the Great nor Stalin would ever tweet anything. Eremeeva encourages us to peek inside Empress Elizabeth's baroque boudoir; she deconstructs Gorbachev's curiously-split personality, and shows us exactly where the bodies are buried. Eremeeva's unique fusion of humor and history, and inimitable writing style brings the riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma that is Russia into hilarious focus in this compact and highly enjoyable guide to 13 centuries of her history. Fans of Eremeeva's blogs, columns, and her full-length book, Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow are sure to enjoy this further exploration of Russia's soft and hilarious underbelly. For listeners embarking on a visit to Russia or an exploration of the country's rich literature and culture, Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia offers a succinct, informative, and highly entertaining introduction to the country's complex and expansive history.