The New Tsar Book

The New Tsar


  • Author : Steven Lee Myers
  • Publisher : Knopf
  • Release Date : 2015
  • Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Pages : 594
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307961617

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The New Tsar Excerpt :

"The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president-- of his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history." --

The New Tsar Book
Score: 4.5
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The New Tsar


  • Author : Steven Lee Myers
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2015-09-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 576
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307961624

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The New Tsar Excerpt :

“A riveting, immensely detailed biography of Putin that explains in full-bodied, almost Shakespearian fashion why he acts the way he does.” –Robert D. Kaplan The New Tsar is the book to read if you want to understand how Vladimir Putin sees the world and why he has become one of the gravest threats to American security. The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia's current president—the only complete biography in English – that fully captures his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history, by the former New York Times Moscow bureau chief. In a gripping narrative of Putin’s rise to power as Russia’s president, Steven Lee Myers recounts Putin’s origins—from his childhood of abject poverty in Leningrad, to his ascension through the ranks of the KGB, and his eventual consolidation of rule. Along the way, world events familiar to readers, such as September 11th and Russia’s war in Georgia in 2008, as well as the 2014 annexation of Crimea and the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, are presented from never-before-seen perspectives. This book is a grand, staggering achievement and a breathtaking look at one man’s rule. On one hand, Putin’s many reforms—from tax cuts to an expansion of property rights—have helped reshape the potential of millions of Russians whose only experience of democracy had been crime, poverty, and instability after the fall of the Soviet Union. On the other hand, Putin has ushered in a new authoritarianism, unyielding in his brutal repression of revolts and squashing of dissent. Still, he retains widespread support from the Russian public. The New Tsar is a narrative tour de force, deeply researched, and utterly necessary for anyone fascinated by the formidable and ambitious Vladimir Putin, but also for those interested in the world and what a newly assertive Russia might mean for the future.

The New Tsar Book
Score: 4.5
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The New Tsar


  • Author : Steven Lee Myers
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-09-24
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9781471130656

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The New Tsar Excerpt :

An epic tale of Vladimir Putin's path to power, as he emerged from obscurity to become one of the world's most conflicted and important leaders. Former New York TimesMoscow Bureau Chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Putin since well before the recent events in the Ukraine, and gives us the fullest and most engaging account available of his rise to power. A gripping, page-turning narrative about Russian power and prestige, the book depicts a cool and calculating leader with enormous ambition and few scruples. As the world struggles to confront a newly assertive Russia, the importance of understanding Putin has never been greater. Vladimir Putin rose out of Soviet deprivation to the pinnacle of influence in the new Russian nation. He came to office in 2000 as a reformer, cutting taxes and expanding property rights, bringing a measure of order and eventually prosperity to millions whose only experience of democracy in the early years following the Soviet collapse was instability, poverty and criminality. But soon Putin orchestrated the preservation of a new kind of authoritarianism, consolidating power, reasserting his country's might, brutally crushing revolts and swiftly dispatching dissenters, even as he retained the support of many.

The New Tsar Book
Score: 5
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The New Tsar


  • Author : Steven Lee Myers
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-08-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 594
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345802798

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The New Tsar Excerpt :

As the world struggles to confront a bolder Russia, the importance of understanding the formidable and ambitious Vladimir Putin has never been greater. This gripping narrative of Putin's rise to power recounts Putin's origins—from his childhood of abject poverty in Leningrad to his ascent through the ranks of the KGB, and his eventual consolidation of rule in the Kremlin. On the one hand, Putin's many domestic reforms—from tax cuts to an expansion of property rights—have helped reshape the potential of millions of Russians whose only experience of democracy had been crime, poverty, and instability after the fall of the Soviet Union. On the other, Putin has ushered in a new authoritarianism—unyielding in its brutal repression of dissent and newly assertive politically and militarily in regions like Crimea and the Middle East. The New Tsar is a staggering achievement, a deeply researched and essential biography of one of the most important and destabilizing world leaders in recent history, a man whose merciless rule has become inextricably bound to Russia's forseeable future.

First Person Book
Score: 3.5
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First Person


  • Author : Vladimir Putin
  • Publisher : PublicAffairs
  • Release Date : 2000-05-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786723270

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Who is this Vladimir Putin? Who is this man who suddenly--overnight and without warning--was handed the reigns of power to one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world? How can we trust him if we don't know him? First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip. An extraordinary compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin's KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power. No Russian leader has ever subjected himself to this kind of public examination of his life and views. Both as a spy and as a virtual political unknown until selected by Boris Yeltsin to be Prime Minister, Putin has been regarded as man of mystery. Now, the curtain lifts to reveal a remarkable life of struggles and successes. Putin's life story is of major importance to the world.

Putin s People Book
Score: 3.5
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Putin s People


  • Author : Catherine Belton
  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Release Date : 2020-06-23
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 405
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374712785

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A New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller | A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Named a best book of the year by The Economist | Financial Times | New Statesman | The Telegraph "[Putin's People] will surely now become the definitive account of the rise of Putin and Putinism." —Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic "This riveting, immaculately researched book is arguably the best single volume written about Putin, the people around him and perhaps even about contemporary Russia itself in the past three decades." —Peter Frankopan, Financial Times Interference in American elections. The sponsorship of extremist politics in Europe. War in Ukraine. In recent years, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has waged a concerted campaign to expand its influence and undermine Western institutions. But how and why did all this come about, and who has orchestrated it? In Putin’s People, the investigative journalist and former Moscow correspondent Catherine Belton reveals the untold story of how Vladimir Putin and the small group of KGB men surrounding him rose to power and looted their country. Delving deep into the workings of Putin’s Kremlin, Belton accesses key inside players to reveal how Putin replaced the freewheeling tycoons of the Yeltsin era with a new generation of loyal oligarchs, who in turn subverted Russia’s economy and legal system and extended the Kremlin's reach into the United States and Europe. The result is a chilling and revelatory exposé of the KGB’s revanche—a story that begins in the murk of the Soviet collapse, when networks of operatives were able to siphon billions of dollars out of state enterprises and move their spoils into the West. Putin and his allies subsequently completed the agenda, reasserting Russian power while taking control of the economy for themselves, suppressing independent voices, and launching covert influence operations abroad. Ranging from Moscow and London to Switzerland and Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach—and assembling a co

Putin Book

Putin


  • Author : Anna Revell
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2017-05-02
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 173
  • ISBN 10 : 1521208921

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Putin's Russia Exposed - A Biography of the Most Powerful Man in Russia If a war between the western nations breaks out again it could very well start in the east. The First World War began with the assassination of the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the town of Sarajevo, in modern day Bosnia- Herzegovina. The Second World War started with the German invasion of Poland in 1939. The state of Ukraine, also in Eastern Europe, is also a cause of tension. In this case the relations of the United States and their European Allies on the one side, and the Russian Federation and its allies on the other, have been sorely tested by events in that country. The man behind much of the tension is one Vladimir Putin. Revered in Mother Russia, reviled in the West. But what's really going on with Putin, and the country he has come to dominate?

The Tsar of Love and Techno Book
Score: 4
From 39 Ratings

The Tsar of Love and Techno


  • Author : Anthony Marra
  • Publisher : Random House Canada
  • Release Date : 2015-10-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307362674

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The Tsar of Love and Techno Excerpt :

From the author of National Book Award longlist selection and New York Times bestseller A Constellation of Vital Phenomena come these dazzling, poignant and lyrical interwoven stories about family, sacrifice, the legacy of war and the redemptive power of art. This stunning, exquisitely written collection introduces a cast of remarkable characters whose lives intersect in ways both life-affirming and heartbreaking. A 1930s Soviet censor painstakingly corrects offending photographs, deep underneath Leningrad, bewitched by the image of a disgraced prima ballerina. A chorus of women recount their stories and those of their grandmothers, former gulag prisoners who settled their Siberian mining town. Two pairs of brothers share a fierce, protective love. Young men across the former USSR face violence at home and in the military. And great sacrifices are made in the name of an oil landscape unremarkable except for the almost incomprehensibly peaceful past it depicts. In stunning prose, with rich character portraits and a sense of history reverberating into the present, The Tsar of Love and Techno is a captivating work from one of our greatest new talents.

Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft Book

Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft


  • Author : Allen Lynch
  • Publisher : Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 278
  • ISBN 10 : 9781597975872

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Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft Excerpt :

An interpretive biography of one of Russia's most formidable leaders.

Alexander II Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

Alexander II


  • Author : Edvard Radzinsky
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2006-11-14
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 481
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743284264

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Alexander II Excerpt :

Profiles the Romanov Dynasty tsar as one of Russia's most forward-thinking rulers, documenting his efforts to redefine history by bringing freedom to his country, the use of terrorist bombings by the radicals that lived during his regime, and the series of assassination attempts that eventually ended his life. By the author of The Last Tsar. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.

The Invention of Russia Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

The Invention of Russia


  • Author : Arkady Ostrovsky
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2016-06-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780399564185

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WINNER OF THE ORWELL PRIZE WINNER OF THE CORNELIUS RYAN AWARD FINALIST FOR THE LIONEL GELBER PRIZE FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR “Fast-paced and excellently written…much needed, dispassionate and eminently readable.” —New York Times “Filled with sparkling prose and deep analysis.” –The Wall Street Journal The breakup of the Soviet Union was a time of optimism around the world, but Russia today is actively involved in subversive information warfare, manipulating the media to destabilize its enemies. How did a country that embraced freedom and market reform 25 years ago end up as an autocratic police state bent once again on confrontation with America? A winner of the Orwell Prize, The Invention of Russia reaches back to the darkest days of the cold war to tell the story of Russia's stealthy and largely unchronicled counter revolution. A highly regarded Moscow correspondent for the Economist, Arkady Ostrovsky comes to this story both as a participant and a foreign correspondent. His knowledge of many of the key players allows him to explain the phenomenon of Valdimir Putin - his rise and astonishing longevity, his use of hybrid warfare and the alarming crescendo of his military interventions. One of Putin's first acts was to reverse Gorbachev's decision to end media censorship and Ostrovsky argues that the Russian media has done more to shape the fate of the country than its politicians. Putin pioneered a new form of demagogic populism --oblivious to facts and aggressively nationalistic - that has now been embraced by Donald Trump.

Alexander I Book

Alexander I


  • Author : Marie-Pierre Rey
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2012-11-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 504
  • ISBN 10 : 9781609090654

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Alexander I was a ruler with high aspirations for the people of Russia. Cosseted as a young grand duke by Catherine the Great, he ascended to the throne in 1801 after the brutal assassination of his father. In this magisterial biography, Marie-Pierre Rey illuminates the complex forces that shaped Alexander's tumultuous reign and sheds brilliant new light on the handsome ruler known to his people as "the Sphinx." Despite an early and ambitious commitment to sweeping political reforms, Alexander saw his liberal aspirations overwhelmed by civil unrest in his own country and by costly confrontations with Napoleon, which culminated in the French invasion of Russia and the burning of Moscow in 1812. Eventually, Alexander turned back Napoleon's forces and entered Paris a victor two years later, but by then he had already grown weary of military glory. As the years passed, the tsar who defeated Napoleon would become increasingly preoccupied with his own spiritual salvation, an obsession that led him to pursue a rapprochement between the Orthodox and Roman churches. When in exile, Napoleon once remarked of his Russian rival: “He could go far. If I die here, he will be my true heir in Europe.” It was not to be. Napoleon died on Saint Helena and Alexander succumbed to typhus four years later at the age of forty-eight. But in this richly nuanced portrait, Rey breathes new life into the tsar who stood at the center of the political chessboard of early nineteenth-century Europe, a key figure at the heart of diplomacy, war, and international intrigue during that region's most tumultuous years.

The Last Tsar Book
Score: 4
From 21 Ratings

The Last Tsar


  • Author : Edvard Radzinsky
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2011-03-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307754622

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The Last Tsar Excerpt :

Russian playwright and historian Radzinsky mines sources never before available to create a fascinating portrait of the monarch, and a minute-by-minute account of his terrifying last days.

Putin s Kleptocracy Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Putin s Kleptocracy


  • Author : Karen Dawisha
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-09-22
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476795201

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Putin s Kleptocracy Excerpt :

The raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s brilliant Putin’s Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia. Russian scholar Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin’s kleptocratic regime. She presents extensive new evidence about the Putin circle’s use of public positions for personal gain even before Putin became president in 2000. She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya, now sanctioned by the US; the rise of the Ozero cooperative, founded by Putin and others who are now subject to visa bans and asset freezes; the links between Putin, Petromed, and “Putin’s Palace” near Sochi; and the role of security officials from Putin’s KGB days in Leningrad and Dresden, many of whom have maintained their contacts with Russian organized crime. Putin’s Kleptocracy is the result of years of research into the KGB and the various Russian crime syndicates. Dawisha’s sources include Stasi archives; Russian insiders; investigative journalists in the US, Britain, Germany, Finland, France, and Italy; and Western officials who served in Moscow. Russian journalists wrote part of this story when the Russian media was still free. “Many of them died for this story, and their work has largely been scrubbed from the Internet, and even from Russian libraries,” Dawisha says. “But some of that work remains.”

The Man Without a Face Book
Score: 3.5
From 13 Ratings

The Man Without a Face


  • Author : Masha Gessen
  • Publisher : Riverhead Books
  • Release Date : 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 354
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594486517

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Documents the Russian prime minister's rapid ascent from a low-level KGB operative to the presidency, describing his selection by an ailing Boris Yeltsin's oligarchy and the ways in which the author believes that his views and ambitions have renewed Russia's threatening position to its citizens and the world. By the author of Perfect Rigor. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.