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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin - Masha Gessen
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
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The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low- level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world. Handpicked as a successor... show more
The Man Without a Face is the chilling account of how a low- level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

Handpicked as a successor by the "family" surrounding an ailing and increasingly unpopular Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin seemed like a perfect choice for the oligarchy to shape according to its own designs. Suddenly the boy who had stood in the shadows, dreaming of ruling the world, was a public figure, and his popularity soared. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see the progressive leader of their dreams, even as he seized control of media, sent political rivals and critics into exile or to the grave, and smashed the country's fragile electoral system, concentrating power in the hands of his cronies.

As a journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen experienced this history firsthand, and for The Man Without a Face she has drawn on information and sources no other writer has tapped. Her account of how a "faceless" man maneuvered his way into absolute-and absolutely corrupt-power has the makings of a classic of narrative nonfiction.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781594486517 (1594486514)
ASIN: 1594486514
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
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bobsburgers23
bobsburgers23 rated it
4.0 The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
Well written, very well organized current event book. Unfortunately, it seems like there is very little information actually available about Putin, but Gessen did a really great job laying out some of the ways that Putin's regime controls the country. I realize that putting notes/sources at the end ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0 The Man Without a Face
bookshelves: nonfiction, slavic, summer-2013, politics, fraudio Read from October 11, 2012 to August 24, 2013 As I haven't read his biography I am not in the best seat to judge whether the refutations made by Gessen hold commonsense perspective. What is easy to glean is that Putin is a foul man,...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
nonfic> politics> russian> contemporarysummer 2013pub 2012As I haven't read his biography I am not in the best seat to judge whether the refutations made by Gessen hold commonsense perspective. What is easy to glean is that Putin is a foul man, a squirmy deflector of questions, a killer and a climbe...
Gender- and genre-bending
Gender- and genre-bending rated it
5.0 The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
At a recent reading, Masha Gessen said she hopes that right now Putin has bigger fish to fry than chase after journalists who criticize him and his policies. I really hope she is right, because this is a courageous book. It is a thoroughly unflattering portrait of the man who is now back in the pres...
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