I just added The Future Is History by Masha Gessen to the Recommended Reading List. If you are looking for an easy read pass this one by. If you are looking for an insight into Russian history of the late 20th and thus far into the 21st century it is well worth your time. It also gives you a lens by which to view recent international political events.
I’m not alone in my praise for Gessen’s work; the book won the 2017 National Book Award for non-fiction.