This is a special Signed Edition, and has very limited quantity available

War and Punishment Signed Edition

The Story of Russian Oppression and Ukrainian Resistance

Mikhail Zygar author


Publisher:Orion Publishing Co

Published:13th Jul '23

Should be back in stock very soon

This hardback is available in another edition too:

War and Punishment cover

Mikhail Zygar will be visiting the bookshop on 19th July and will be signing and dedicating books then. Your order will be posted to you or made available for collection in the days following.

'History is made up of myths,' writes the renowned Russian dissident journalist Mikhail Zygar. 'Alas, our myths led us to the fascism of 2022. It is time to expose them.' Drawing from his perilous career investigating the frontiers of the Russian empire, Zygar reveals how 350 years of propaganda, bad historical scholarship, folk tales and fantasy spurred his nation into war with Ukraine.How did a German monk's fear of the Ottoman Empire drive him to invent the fiction of a united Russian world? How did corny spy novels about a 'Soviet James Bond' inspire Vladimir Putin to join the KGB? How did Alexander Pushkin's admiration for a poem by Lord Byron end with him slandering the legendary chief of the Cossacks? And how did Putin underestimate a rising TV comic named Volodymyr Zelensky, failing to see that his satire had become deadly serious, and that his country would be a joke no longer?A noted expert on the Kremlin with unparalleled access to hundreds of players in the current conflict - from politicians to oligarchs, gangsters to comedians (not least Zelensky himself) - Zygar chronicles the power struggles from which today's politics grew, and digs out the essential truths from behind layers of seductive legend. By surveying the strange, complex record of Russo-Ukrainian relations, War and Punishment reveals exactly how the largest nation on Earth lost its senses. A work of history can't undo the past or transform the present, but sometimes it can shape the future.In fact, that's how the story begins.

Zygar demolishes Putin's myths about Ukraine with a fury born out of shame at what is being done in his country's name. It is just possible to dream that, one day, War and Punishment will be taught in Russian schools in place of the Kremlin's deadly lies. * OLIVER BULLOUGH, author of BUTLER TO THE WORLD *
Why is my country fascist - and what is my role in that? For Russia to ever change these are the questions Russians will need to ask. Zygar does it with a searing mix of history and self-reflection. * PETER POMERANTSEV, author of THIS IS NOT PROPAGANDA *
Zygar has invented a new genre. If Tolstoy's story is a wide river and Proust's is a slow river, Zygar's is a chase. * DMITRY MURATOV, WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2021 *
Passionate and perceptive, one of Russia's best journalists busts the myths underpinning the country's turn towards ultra-nationalism. Read it - and hope that Russians do too. * ANNA REID, author of BORDERLAND *
To account for Russia's descent into the abyss and the most bloody war in Europe since WWII, Zygar invites us to walk an uneasy path of reconsideration of the recent past. His book is not only a guide to that past but also a powerful call to change the present. * SERHII PLOKHY, author of THE GATES OF EUROPE *


Of the many accounts written about the Russian president, Mikhail Zygar's insider's guide to his court is one of the most compelling

* Guardian *
One of those important thinkers who helps us to not lose our memory -- Nadya Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot
Zygar approaches history like he's interviewing it - listening to what those involved had to say and expertly putting that in context. The result is a riveting unfolding of history as it was being lived * Foreign Policy *
Knowing he could always follow many colleagues and activists into jail, hospital, or into the graveyard, Zygar persists -- Christiane Amanpour * CNN *
Zygar is one of the heroes of Putin's Russia * Washington Post *

ISBN: 9781399609012-S

Dimensions: 240mm x 162mm x 40mm

Weight: 660g

432 pages