- How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia
- Narrated by: Luke Harding
- Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 11-10-11
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
Mafia State: How one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia is a brilliant and haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called "enemies" - human rights workers, western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists. It includes unpublished material from confidential US diplomatic cables, released last year by WikiLeaks, which describe Russia as a "virtual mafia state". Harding gives a unique, personal and compelling portrait of today's Russia, two decades after the end of communism, that sounds like a spy thriller.
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By TW on 10-04-13
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that Luke's refreshing honesty and comprehensive review of his years in Moscow were wonderful - and it was fascinating to read of the tough time he and his family had.
Personally, I felt that the book could have been edited a little better - with explanations in the latter part of the book often referring to things that we had already been introduced to. I also felt that some of the "field trips" (for want of a better word) in the middle of the book were extremely similar to articles that I had read in the Guardian during Luke's time in Moscow.
Nonetheless a great read by one of the very few truly principled western reporters to have served in Russia in recent years.
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