By Masha Gessen
A chilling and unflinching portrait of 1 of the main fearsome figures in global politics.
In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went searching for a successor to the in poor health and more and more unpopular president. Vladimir Putin, with little or no governmental or administrative experience—he’d been deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, and in brief, director of the key police—nevertheless appeared the right selection: a “faceless” creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies may possibly mildew of their personal snapshot. Russia and an infatuated West have been made up our minds to work out in him the revolutionary chief in their dreams—even as Putin, with ruthless potency, dismantled the country’s media, wrested keep watch over and wealth from the company category, and destroyed the delicate mechanisms of democracy. inside a number of short years, nearly each problem to his unbridled keep watch over was once got rid of and each opposing voice silenced, with political opponents and critics pushed into exile or to the grave.
Masha Gessen has skilled and stated this background firsthand, and brings it as much as its current second of unrest and uncertainty. Her spellbinding account of Putin’s upward push and reign will stand as a vintage of narrative nonfiction.