This is much more serious than I usually feature on here, but I’d like to recommended a book: The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America by Timothy Snyder.
A good review can be found HERE.
Nobody knows the complexities of Eastern Europe, its history, and its present like Snyder does. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine four years ago, he has been repeatedly called on by the world’s media to explain what the hell Russia is up to.
This book is going to attract Western readers because it brings America and Trump into it, but I HIGHLY recommended Snyder’s other books – especially Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin.
Here is the blurb for The Road to Unfreedom:
With the end of the Cold War, the victory of liberal democracy was thought to be absolute. Observers declared the end of history, confident in a peaceful, globalized future. But we now know this to be premature. Authoritarianism first returned in Russia, as Putin developed a political system dedicated solely to the consolidation and exercise of power. In the last six years, it has creeped from east to west as nationalism inflames Europe, abetted by Russian propaganda and cyberwarfare. While countries like Poland and Hungary have made hard turns towards authoritarianism, the electoral upsets of 2016 revealed the citizens of the US and UK in revolt against their countries’ longstanding policies and values.
But this threat to the West also presents an opportunity to better understand the pillars of our own political order. In this forceful and unsparing work of contemporary history, Snyder goes beyond the headlines to expose the true nature of the threat to democracy. By showcasing the stark choices before us–between equality or oligarchy, individuality or totality, truth and falsehood–Snyder restores our understanding of the basis of our way of life, offering a way forward in a time of terrible uncertainty.