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  • Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia

  • A Pocket Guide to Russian History
  • By: Jennifer Eremeeva
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Eremeeva
  • Length: 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Russia
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Summary

"Russia’s colorful history," suggests American writer and Russian historian Jennifer Eremeeva, "should ideally be experienced on a huge, 3D IMAX screen, with the surround sound booming and a jumbo bucket of popcorn in your lap."

In Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia: A Pocket Guide to Russian History, Eremeeva distills 13 centuries of Russia’s complex history into entertaining chapters that guide the listener effortlessly from the emerging Russian state in the ninth century through the aftermath of the 2014 Annexation of Crimea.

This is the perfect primer for those embarking on a visit to Russia or an exploration of the country’s rich literature and culture. The updated third edition includes access to extensive companion web pages, reading lists, and sightseeing suggestions to enhance listener’s exploration of the world’s largest country.

Jennifer Eremeeva is an American expatriate writer who divides her time between Riga, Latvia, and New England. Jennifer writes about travel, food, lifestyle, and Russian history and culture, and has written for Reuters, Fodor’s, The Moscow Times, and Russian Life. She is the in-house travel blogger for Alexander & Roberts, and the award-winning author of Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow.

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Have personality disorder, will rule Russia

My experience was nothing like as romantic as Jennifer’s first taste of Russia, but I have nevertheless grown fascinated by this country. I needed the first two millennia explained to put school-boy recollections of the October revolution into context as indeed a timely account of recent events. It’s a huge undertaking and communicated with precision, clarity and wit. Very entertaining and thoroughly recommended.

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  • Miranda E Kube
  • 15-06-21

Didn't expect scholarly, but at least Google it

Didn't get much past the 30 minute mark. I knew Ivan Grozny was going to be tricky water (a complicated historical figure to say the least), but she got through the bulk of the highlight reel pretty adeptly, but I had a sinking feeling when the construction of St Basil came up and she couldn't even say "Theotokos" correctly (when a perfunctory google search for a guide or a single question asked to anyone Orthodox could tell you how). But I pushed onwards, cause while irritating, I am not petty enough to stop listening to something over a mispronunciation. (even if it implies a lack of knowledge or interest in getting details correct).

Buuut - You don't need to be scholarly, but rather that you spend 2 seconds on Wikipedia, to know that Ivan blinding the architect is one of those widely believed historical urban legends. The architect, Postnik Yakovlev, went on to design many other very famous structures after this supposedly happened - WHICH IS HARD TO DO IF YOU ARE BLIND!

I get that this is supposed to be a very brief overview, but come on - don't masquerade as even a pocket guide to history, if you aren't going to actually research the history.

Honestly wish I could return this to get my credit back. I am trying to learn ACTUAL history here.