Russia is famous for its vodka, and its culture of extreme intoxication. But just as vodka is central to the lives of many Russians, it is also central to understanding Russian history and politics. In Vodka Politics, Mark Lawrence Schrad argues that debilitating societal alcoholism is not hard-wired into Russians´ genetic code, but rather their autocratic political system, which has long wielded vodka as a tool of statecraft. Through a series of historical investigations stretching from Ivan the Terrible through Vladimir Putin, Vodka Politics presents the secret history of the Russian state itself - a history that is drenched in liquor. Scrutinizing (rather than dismissing) the role of alcohol in Russian politics yields a more nuanced understanding of Russian history itself: from palace intrigues under the tsars to the drunken antics of Soviet and post-Soviet leadership, vodka is there in abundance. Beyond vivid anecdotes, Schrad scours original documents and archival evidence to answer provocative historical questions. How have Russia´s rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule? What role did alcohol play in tsarist coups? Was Nicholas II´s ill-fated prohibition a catalyst for the Bolshevik Revolution? Could the Soviet Union have become a world power without liquor? How did vodka politics contribute to the collapse of both communism and public health in the 1990s? How can the Kremlin overcome vodka´s hurdles to produce greater social well-being, prosperity, and democracy into the future? Viewing Russian history through the bottom of the vodka bottle helps us to understand why the ´´liquor question´´ remains important to Russian high politics even today - almost a century after the issue had been put to bed in most every other modern state. Indeed, recognizing and confronting vodka´s devastating political legacies may be the greatest political challenge for this generation of Russia´s leadership, as well as the nex 1. Language: English. Narrator: Noah Michael Levine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/017970/bk_adbl_017970_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When Rain Hurts is the story of one mother’s quest to find a magical path of healing and forgiveness for her son, a boy so damaged by the double whammy of prenatal alcohol abuse and the stark rigors of Russian orphanage life that he was feral by the time of his adoption at age three. Bizarre behaviors, irrational thoughts, and dangerous preoccupations were the norm - no amount of love, it turns out, can untangle the effects of fetal alcohol syndrome. More people are coping with and caring for those affected by fetal alcohol spectrum disorders than individuals living with autism, but because there is a stigma associated with this preventable, devastating birth defect, it is a pandemic of disability and tragedy that remains underreported and underexplored. When Rain Hurts puts an unapologetic face to living and coping with this tragedy while doggedly searching for a more hopeful outcome for one beautiful, innocent, but damaged little boy. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mary Beth Garber. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/123574/bk_acx0_123574_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Here is a technique for losing weight without painful diets and exhausting exercises! Do you know the feeling of night hunger? When you sneak to the fridge and steal a sandwich, a couple of cookies, or a banana? This state is especially pronounced in times of stress. What to do? Take advantage of the latest development of the famous German dietician Carl Lantz - a night diet! In this audiobook you will learn: What should be eaten at night How to organize a diet How to disperse the metabolism How to combine alcohol and weight loss Answers to these and many other questions can be found in this audiobook! Please note: This audiobook is in Russian. 1. Russian. Maxim Kireev. http://samples.audible.de/bk/zaot/000492/bk_zaot_000492_sample.mp3.
Vodka Politics:Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State Mark Lawrence Schrad
The assault on Earth was thwarted by the destruction of the aliens´ seed ship, but with Mars still under Lanky control, survivors work frantically to rebuild fighting capacity and shore up planetary defenses. Platoon sergeant Andrew Grayson must crash-course train new volunteers - all while dulling his searing memories of battle with alcohol and meds. Knowing Earth´s uneasy respite won´t last, the North American Commonwealth and its Sino-Russian allies hurtle toward two dangerous options: hit the Lanky forces on Mars or go after deserters who stole a fleet of invaluable warships critical to winning the war. Assigned to a small special ops recon mission to scout out the renegades´ stronghold on a distant moon, Grayson and his wife, dropship pilot Halley, again find themselves headed for the crucible of combat - and a shattering new campaign in the war for humanity´s future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Luke Daniels. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/007927/bk_brll_007927_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco´s Russian mafia. Ty intervenes to secure Nick´s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath. With no choice but to accept Nick´s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife - pregnant with their first child - is killed, the victim of a reckless crime. Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol. From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance. His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death. He doesn´t know her, but he´ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick´s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Glenn Mckenzie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cher/000086/bk_cher_000086_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Four years ago, Tyler Karras´ quest to avenge his wife´s death led to all out war with San Francisco´s Russian Mafia. With the Bratva´s collapse and its king, Dmitri Chernov, long dead, all Ty wants now is to put it behind him and enjoy a second chance at life with his new bride, Hannah, and the child they´re expecting any day. But Chernov´s heir, Grigory Dmitriev, has returned, bitter and determined. He wants his kingdom back, and he´s more than willing to leverage Ty´s new family to get it. First he targets Conner, Ty´s brooding nineteen-year-old stepson, manipulating the boy into a vortex of sex, drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Then he turns his sights on Hannah. At eight months pregnant, she´s the ultimate bargaining chip. With all their lives in jeopardy, Ty has little choice but to do as Grigory commands. But Tyler swore he´d never kill again. He buried that monster four years ago and means to keep it that way. With his new family on the line, Ty will cross further into the dark side than ever before, challenging everything he believes about himself, and forcing him to face the ghosts of his past. Only then will Ty discover if he has the strength to sacrifice his last chance at redemption and save the lives of those he loves. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Glenn Mckenzie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cher/000107/bk_cher_000107_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.