Red Plenty by Francis Spufford audiobook

Red Plenty

By Francis Spufford
Read by Roger Clark

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665245913

  • ISBN: 9781665245906

  • ISBN: 9781665245920

Runtime: 13.31 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A 2018 Audie Award Finalist for Excellence in Design

Strange as it may seem, the gray, oppressive USSR was founded on a fairy tale. It was built on the twentieth-century magic called "the planned economy," which was going to gush forth an abundance of good things that the lands of capitalism could never match. And just for a little while, in the heady years of the late 1950s, the magic seemed to be working. Red Plenty is about that moment in history, and how it came, and how it went away; about the brief era when, under the rash leadership of Khrushchev, the Soviet Union looked forward to a future of rich communists and envious capitalists, when Moscow would out-glitter Manhattan and every Lada would be better engineered than a Porsche. It's about the scientists who did their genuinely brilliant best to make the dream come true, to give the tyranny its happy ending.

Red Plenty is history, it's fiction, it's as ambitious as Sputnik, as uncompromising as an Aeroflot flight attendant, and as different from what you were expecting as a glass of Soviet champagne.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A marvel…a work, by turns learned and lyrical, that grows by degree…a replica in miniature of a world of ideas never visible to most, and now gone.” New York Times Book Review
Clark's resonant baritone presents the author's vignettes of these years clearly and with great expression. AudioFile
“Spufford cunningly maps out a literary genre of his own…Freewheeling and fabulous.” Times (London)

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Author

Author Bio: Francis Spufford

Author Bio: Francis Spufford

Francis Spufford is the author of several highly praised books of nonfiction. His first book, I May Be Some Time, won the Writers’ Guild Award for Best Nonfiction Book of 1996, the Banff Mountain Book Prize, and a Somerset Maugham Award. In 2007 Spufford was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He teaches writing at Goldsmiths College and lives near Cambridge, England. Golden Hill is his first novel.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.31
Audience: Adult
Language: English