The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin Author Masha Gessen
ISBN-10 1594486514
ISBN-13 9781594486517
Year 2013-03-05
Pages 352
Language English
Publisher Riverhead Books
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Look out for Masha Gessen s new book The Future is History coming October 2017From journalism s bravest Masha Gessenwhose regular appearances on Samantha Bee Rachel Maddow the pages of theNew York Times and more have been a beacon of clarity in our troubled times comes a portrait of a ruthless man s ascent to near absolute power In 1999 the Family surrounding Boris Yeltsin went looking for a successor to the ailing and increasingly unpopular president Vladimir Putin with very little governmental or administrative experiencehed been deputy mayor of St Petersburg and briefly director of the secret policenevertheless seemed the perfect choice a faceless creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies could mold in their own image Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see in him the progressive leader of their dreamseven as Putin with ruthless efficiency dismantled the countrys media wrested control and wealth from the business class and destroyed the fragile mechanisms of democracy Within a few brief years 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 Masha Gessen has experienced and reported this history firsthand and brings it up to its present moment of unrest and uncertainty Her spellbinding account of Putins rise and reign will stand as a classic of narrative nonfiction

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