The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (Paperback)
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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 03/01/2013
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The disturbing rise of Vladimir Putin from Leningrad schoolboy to Russian president, Gessen's incisive, compellingly written biography brings home the oppressive, ruthless tactics that he has used to seize total control of the Russian state.  

When Vladimir Putin, an unimportant, low-level KGB operative, was rushed to power by a group of Oligarchs in 1999, he was a man without a history. Within a few brief years, Putin had dismantled Russia's media, wrested control and wealth from the country's burgeoning business class, and decimated the fragile mechanisms of democracy. Virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave. Drawing on information and sources no other writer has tapped, Masha Gessen's fearless account charts Putin's rise from the boy who had scrapped his way through post-war Leningrad schoolyards, to the 'faceless' man who manoeuvred his way into absolute - and absolutely corrupt - power.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781847084231
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 237 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Courageous and shocking -- Katy Guest, Books of the Year * Independent on Sunday *
A luminous study -- Luke Harding * Guardian *
Gessen fearlessly tells the story of the unlikely rise of Vladimir Putin * Big Issue in the North *
A clear, brave book... Gessen offers intriguing details of the scratching, biting, hair-tearing, undersized, brawling boy Putin, refusing to be bullied in the grubby back yards of Leningrad -- James Meek * Observer *
Gessen's engaging prose combines a native's passion with a mordant wit and caustic understatement that are characteristically Russian -- AD Miller * Daily Telegraph *
Bold, detailed, and eloquent -- David Evans, Books of the Year * Independent on Sunday *
Gessen conveys the atmosphere - whether of the last months of the Soviet Union, the chaotic years of Yeltsin, the strange transfer of the presidency to Putin or the disappointments of his period - more accurately than any recent chronicler of the period -- Mary Dejevsky * Independent *
[A] courageous, enlightening account... Despite the suppression of the media and the murder of critics and political rivals, brave voices like Gessen's, and those before her, have helped shed some much needed light on Putin's "criminal tyranny" -- Lucy Popescu * Independent on Sunday *
A rivetingly combative biography... utterly chilling * Sunday Telepgraph *
A compelling and exhaustive portrait * Telegraph *
Brilliant -- Edward Lucas * Daily Mail *
Gessen is a talented and versatile journalist -- John Lloyd * Financial Times *
Gessen has written a brave book, demolishing the numerous myths and legends that have accumulated around her subject -- Luke Harding * Guardian *
[A] fiercely critical biography -- Anita Singh * Telegraph *
An astonishingly brave and eloquent book -- David Evans * Independent on Sunday *

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