Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution
Peter Baker, Susan GlasserISBN: 0743264312;
This portrait of "the fishy-eyed, single-minded man at the top" (New York Times) takes a thematic approach to Putin’s political leadership. Baker and Glasser, husband-and-wife Moscow bureau chiefs for The Washington Post from 2001 to 2004, scrutinize events from Putin’s arms and oil deals with Iraq to the school siege in Beslan and find that the former KGB functionary has impeded late 20th-century Russia’s democratic progress. If the book veers toward being too black and white, overemphasizing Putin’s role as a strong man, it does so with a backbone of clear prose and solid research (over 200 additional interviews were conducted for the book). The New York Times Book Review claims that Kremlin Rising is "the official record of the Putin era, or as close to one as Western readers are likely to get."
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