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Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia

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Russian History for the Rest of Us!


“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.”


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.

Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia reveals why Ivan may not have been so Terrible; explaining why Catherine was 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 readable guide to thirteen centuries of her history.

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

For readers embarking on a visit to Russia or an exploration of the country’s rich literature and culture, this engaging primer offers a succinct, informative, and highly entertaining introduction to the country’s complex and expansive history.

The updated third edition includes access to extensive companion web pages, reading lists, and sightseeing suggestions to enhance readers’ exploration of the world’s largest country.

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Five Star Praise for “Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia”

I wish my teacher had this style!

I cant stop laughing! This is history of Russia in short, but in such funny way, with references to the current situation. Im so motivated to read all the books the author recommends now.

Nearly 1000 years of history condensed into delicious bite size pieces.

I really enjoyed this. Condensed history that makes sense of so many things that never before made sense to me about Russia. This is well written amusing, touching and poignant. When I downloaded it, I thought I’d read a few pages and then probably get bored (or confused – something that often happens when I read Russian literature – I’ve probably subconsciously labelled everything Russian as confusing). I was sucked in and found it hard to set aside to go eat dinner.

A view of history from a totally different standpoint that …

A view of history from a totally different standpoint that drops the scales from one’s eyes in a refreshing and lasting way.

A really nice short way to get some main ideas of Russian …

As other reviews have said, a really nice short way to get some main ideas of Russian history up to Putin. Clever humor, but wrapped in good reviews of the salient facts and major characters. Highly recommended for a fast intro to Russia.