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First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Paperback – May 5, 2000
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Soviet foreign intelligence as this type of organization in any other country used to hire the best people, whose tasks included gathering and analyzing information and feeding it back to Moscow. KGB officers saw very vividly the growing gap between the West and the East. Some people defected, but the majority honestly served to the hopeless cause and disintegrating, but their own country.
Putin talks about his family in this book and the story is amazing, albeit not so unusual for a 50 year-old Russian man. His father served in a submarine before WW2, and went to the War as a volunteer. He was almost killed in encirclement. His wounds left him limping for the rest of his life. His mother Maria by miracle avoided death after fainting from hunger in the blockaded Leningrad, but fortunately she moaned and made people aware that she was still alive and was separated from the dead bodies. But the blockade took a life of their son. Vladimir Putin was the only survived child out of their three children.
Life was tough after the war. They were poor. His father worked in a factory and his mother was a simple girl from the province.Read more ›
I enjoyed this book and hope it will help people to understanding of this man's mind good will.
Here in the west, he gets a tremendous amount of bad press, as many of Russian origin do. I have a more recent account of Putin that I plan to read soon.
Having said that, I thought that the book was thought-provoking and provided useful insight to Putin, his family and the Russian system after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
It is worthy of reading. You may discover that Putin may not be who or what you thought that he was.
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With all the Russia and Putin bashing in the U.S. and often in Europe, I wish people would read this fascinating account of the life of a fine human being. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Donaldo Hart
Simply a propaganda piece from when his seizure of power was all warm and fuzzy. As the truth continues to be unveiled of his establishment of an international terror network and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dirk Smith
An interesting self appraisal (in the main) which experience shows him to be much self deluded. A dangerous man whose goals are to be accomplished at any price. Read morePublished 3 months ago by lord farrow
Thought it had the potential to be honest and interesting. Would like to know what happened to the wife. Read morePublished 3 months ago by oklahoma4ever
Excellent. Good and sometimes penetrating questions. Shows the personal and political aspects of Putin. Read morePublished 4 months ago by jjjkkk
Excellent , a completely different and true picture of a great manPublished 5 months ago by John Bolten