Putin: The New and Definitive Biography (Hardback)Philip Short (author)
Short's monumental biography of the immensely powerful and dangerous Vladimir Putin digs deep into both the Russian President's rise to power and the dark complexities of his autocratic regime to provide the most complete portrait of this key international figure yet written.
Vladimir Putin is a pariah to the West.
Alone among world leaders, he has the power to reduce the United States and Europe to ashes in a nuclear firestorm and has threatened to do so. He invades his neighbours, most recently Ukraine, meddles in western elections and orders assassinations inside and outside Russia. The regime he heads is autocratic and corrupt.
Yet many Russians continue to support him. Despite western sanctions, the majority have been living better than at any time in the past. By fair means or foul, under Putin's leadership, Russia has once again become a force to be reckoned with.
Philip Short's magisterial biography explores in unprecedented depth the personality of its enigmatic and ruthless leader and demolishes many of our preconceptions about Putin's Russia. Since becoming President in 2000, his obsession has been to restore Russia's status as a great power, unbound by western rules. What forces and experiences shaped him? What led him to challenge the American-led world order that has kept the peace since the end of the Cold War?
To explain is not to justify. Putin's regime is dark. He pursues his goals relentlessly by whatever means he thinks fit. But on closer examination, much of what we think we know about him turns out to rest on half-truths.
This book is as close as we will come to understanding Russia's ruler. It also makes us revise long-held assumptions about the course of global politics since the end of the Cold War.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 864
Weight: 1458 g
Dimensions: 242 x 165 x 52 mm
'Anyone wanting to learn more about Putin's personality, ideas, power and the threat he has come to pose to world peace should read this outstanding biography' - Ian Kershaw
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“Meticulous but unlikely to be defining.”
This book is wonderful and certainly illuminating in it's first quarter especially if one looks at people through a slight the Freudian lens – Putin’s childhood and early years were fascinating and dare I say... More
Unfortunately i had to return this book due to author writing false data about Putin , it looks like more like an anti Russian propaganda wrapped in a book. I expected to read some information based on facts and based... More
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