The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (Paperback)

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    Masha Gessen is a Russian American journalist and the author, most recently, of the national bestseller The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin and Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot. Her award-winning work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Vanity Fair, and elsewhere. A longtime resident of Moscow, Gessen now lives in New York.

    A chilling and unflinching portrait of one of the most fearsome figures in world politics.

    In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went looking for a successor to the ailing and increasingly unpopular president. Vladimir Putin, with very little governmental or administrative experience—he’d been deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, and briefly, director of the secret police—nevertheless seemed the perfect choice: a “faceless” creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies could mold in their own image. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see in him the progressive leader of their dreams—even as Putin, with ruthless efficiency, dismantled the country’s media, wrested control and wealth from the business class, and destroyed the fragile mechanisms of democracy. Within a few brief years, virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave.
    Masha Gessen has experienced and reported this history firsthand, and brings it up to its present moment of unrest and uncertainty. Her spellbinding account of Putin’s rise and reign will stand as a classic of narrative nonfiction.

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    ISBN 9781594486517
    Genre BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
    Format Paperback
    Pages 329
    Publisher Date 2013-03-05 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Riverhead Books
    Copyright Year 2012
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.75 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
    Edition Detail Reprint
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Gessen, Masha
    Country of Origin United States

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