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The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia Hardcover – February 28, 2012
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*The considerable value of this book lies in his painstaking and empathetic effort to understand how Mr.. Putin came to power, why many Russians still support him today, and how the West's approach to Russia has helped to shape his rule.* – The Wall Street Journal
*A serious book that portrays a Russian administration at sea in a world most of its officials did not comprehend. Putin himself emerges as a more complex character than the epithet *strongman* would suggest…Every chapter of this book is worth reading.” – The Independent (UK)
*As a former adviser to the Kremlin in 2006-09, working for the Brussels based consultancy GPlus, Roxburgh had an excellent vantage point, and here he offers a stellar cast of sources, drawn from those closest to Putin and Western leaders. Their accounts make this is a valuable book.* - European Voice
*Roxburgh is a talented journalist and writer...a useful history of the Putin era....with views from Russian politicians, and some of the key players from the world of international politics, it is a book firmly rooted in fact and analysis. This means that Roxburgh’s approach is refreshingly free from some of the usual polemic, and he is to be congratulated for giving credit where credit is due and for underlining Putin’s role in stabilising Russia after the free-fall of the Yeltsin years.* - Good Book Guide
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Roxburgh is good at demonstrating the Western "forked tongue" over NATO expansion eastward, which is ultimately behind most of the post-Soviet angst. But he shies short from connecting the dots. The Latvian president's tear-jerking ode to her country's freedom from Russian domination at the Prague summit of 2002 (p. 97) left many Russian eyes dry, as they recalled the two Latvian SS divisions that served Nazi occupiers in the Third Reich's thrust toward Moscow. The Kremlin cries today of "Ukrainian fascists" who have taken over Kiev hearken to the same bloody memories, still willfully ignored by the West as it seemingly patronizes groups precisely for their anti-Moscow militance.Read more ›
That being said, the flaw of this book is that Mr.Read more ›
If you want to understand, what is actually happening today in Russian politics in the shadows of the Ukrainian crisis, this book is a must read. You will understand, why Putin is not backing out from the crisis, why the Russian people support this controversial quest, why the West doesn't really understand his moves. The author's view is very balanced, most of the hypotheses are on solid ground and also very useful how the motivations of Putin are shown - you can even predict some moves and steps if you read carefully. Not heavy, a fun to read, but worth to do it at least twice (or make a lot of notes) or you can get easily lost in the web of oligarchs, business ties and networks.
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I wanted to learn more about Putin and how he came to be the latest "Czar" of Russia. This book did a great job in explaining Putin's rather circuitous route to the top. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Thomas Grover
Liked it, covered most everything one needs to know about Putin, and Russian history, but you always need another book with an opposing point of view by a nonWestern writer to get... Read morePublished 8 months ago by T. Makenna
Putin is a terrible person, but by outsmarting Obama while subjugating his people allows his criminal state to survive. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Gunner HHI
Nice review of Putin but because the news changes so quickly it is a little dated.Published 14 months ago by Carole S.
I e-rented this book from my university's library when I was doing an analysis on Putin's leadership characteristics. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent, albeit short, book on Putin that discusses his early life, his KGB career, and his rise to power first in St. Petersburg and later in Moscow. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John M. Handley
While I was reading, news announced end of South Stream pipeline project, refusal of Mistral ship delivery, more NATO presence in Eastern Europe, more economic sanctions and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Regnal the Caretaker