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Garry Kimovich Kasparov is a Russian chess grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist. From 1984 until his retirement in 2005, Kasparov was ranked world No. 1 for 255 months overall for his career.
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All the King's Men
Robert Penn Warren - 1961-10-01 (first published in 1946)
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More than just a classic political novel, Warren’s tale of power and corruption in the Depression-era South is a sustained meditation on the unforeseen consequences of every human act, the vexing connectedness of all people and the possibility—it’s not much of one—of goodness in a sinful world. Willie Stark, Warren’s lightly disguised version of Hu...
Garry Kasparov
2021-03-22T18:49:04.000Z
Good article on the valuable lessons about the politics of resentment from a great book (and film), All the King's Men, one of my favorites, on its 75th anniversary.      source
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Greg Iles
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Burn-In
A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution
P. W. Singer - 2020-05-26
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An FBI agent hunts a new kind of terrorist through a Washington, DC, of the future in this groundbreaking book - at once a gripping technothriller and a fact-based tour of tomorrow America is on the brink of a revolution, one both technological and political. The science fiction of AI and robotics has finally come true, but millions are angry and f...
Garry Kasparov
2020-05-14T17:41:11.000Z
A fun and insightful read. Sometimes you just want to read a book to enjoy, and other times you want to book to make you think. Every once in while you get to do both!      source
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The Reformer
How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution
Stephen F. Williams - 2017-12-05
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Besides absolutists of the right (the tsar and his adherents) and left (Lenin and his fellow Bolsheviks), the Russian political landscape in 1917 featured moderates seeking liberal reform and a rapid evolution towards a constitutional monarchy. Vasily Maklakov, a lawyer, legislator and public intellectual, was among the most prominent of these, and...
Garry Kasparov
2018-10-17T00:48:01.000Z
A very interesting book, and Vasily Maklakov definitely deserves to be remembered and considered today, when the idea of a liberal, modern Russia seems far-fetched.      source
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A Very Expensive Poison
The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West
Luke Harding - 2017-01-24 (first published in 2016)
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1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, lethal and highly radioactive substance. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia.Based on the best part of a decade's reporting, as well as extensive interviews with those ...
Garry Kasparov
2017-12-27T20:34:41.000Z
Yes, from Luke Harding's excellent book "A Very Expensive Poison," which I recently recommended. To Trump!      source
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Marc Andreessen
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Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
Mark Dvoretsky - 2014-12-15 (first published in 2004)
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The Fourth Edition of a Modern Classic When you are serious about improving your endgame skills, it is time for Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual. Perhaps the best known and most respected instructor of world class chessplayers, Mark Dvoretsky has produced a comprehensive work on the endgame that will reward players of all strengths. For those ready to im...
Garry Kasparov
2017-12-16T15:05:23.000Z
An endgame book should be more about having well-structured reference for continuous study based on level. For some of my @masterclass examples I used the endgame book by Dvoretsky. More basic material in Lamprecht/Muller and Nunn.      source
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The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep
Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin
David Satter - 2017-08-22 (first published in 2016)
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Once you accept that the impossible is really possible, what happens in Russia makes perfect sense In December 2013, David Satter became the first American journalist to be expelled from Russia since the Cold War. The Moscow Times said it was not surprising he was expelled, it was surprising it took so long. Satter is known in Russia for having wri...
Garry Kasparov
2017-03-04T22:04:16.000Z
Several books by Masha Gessen; Red Notice by Bill Browder; The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep by Satter; The Godfather by Mario Puzo.      source
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Red Notice
A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice
Bill Browder - 2015-10-20 (first published in 2014)
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[Red Notice] does for investing in Russia and the former Soviet Union what Liars Poker did for our understanding of Salomon Brothers, Wall Street, and the mortgage-backed securities business in the 1980s. Browders business saga meshes well with the story of corruption and murder in Vladimir Putins Russia, making Red Notice an early candidate for an...
Garry Kasparov
2017-03-04T22:04:16.000Z
Several books by Masha Gessen; Red Notice by Bill Browder; The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep by Satter; The Godfather by Mario Puzo.      source
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Mr. Putin
Operative in the Kremlin (Geopolitics in the 21st Century)
Fiona Hill - 2015-02-02 (first published in 2012)
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From the KGB to the Kremlin: a multidimensional portrait of the man at war with the West. Where do Vladimir Putin's ideas come from? How does he look at the outside world? What does he want, and how far is he willing to go?The great lesson of the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was the danger of misreading the statements, actions, and intentions of...
Garry Kasparov
2015-10-28T15:55:49.000Z
Masha Gessen's book on Putin is best I know well. Operative in the Kremlin also has a lot of details. & Browder.      source
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The Man Without a Face
The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
Masha Gessen - 2013-03-05 (first published in 2010)
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A chilling and unflinching portrait of one of the most fearsome figures in world politics.        In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went looking for a successor to the ailing and increasingly unpopular president. Vladimir Putin, with very little governmental or administrative experience—he’d been deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, and br...
Garry Kasparov
2015-10-28T15:55:49.000Z
Masha Gessen's book on Putin is best I know well. Operative in the Kremlin also has a lot of details. & Browder.      source
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Magellan
Stefan Zweig - 2012-01-10 (first published in 1938)
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The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (14801521) is one of the most famous navigators in historyhe was the first man to sail from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, and led the first voyage to circumnavigate the globe. In typically flowing and elegant prose Zweig takes us on a fascinating journey of discovery ourselves. The Portuguese explorer...
Garry Kasparov
2015-03-20T18:57:09.000Z
Stefan Zweig's book on Magellan was a favorite of mine as a child. His Decisive Moments In History also stick in my mind. Vivid history!      source
The Godfather by Mario Puzo