Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin

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Brookings Institution Press, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
From the KGB to the Kremlin: a multidimensional portrait of the man at war with the West. Where do Vladimir Putin's ideas come from? How does he look at the outside world? What does he want, and how far is he willing to go? The great lesson of the outbreak of World War I in 1914 was the danger of misreading the statements, actions, and intentions of the adversary. Today, Vladimir Putin has become the greatest challenge to European security and the global world order in decades. Russia's 8,000 nuclear weapons underscore the huge risks of not understanding who Putin is. Featuring five new chapters, this new edition dispels potentially dangerous misconceptions about Putin and offers a clear-eyed look at his objectives. It presents Putin as a reflection of deeply ingrained Russian ways of thinking as well as his unique personal background and experience. Praise for the first edition If you want to begin to understand Russia today, read this book. --Sir John Scarlett, former chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) For anyone wishing to understand Russia's evolution since the breakup of the Soviet Union and its trajectory since then, the book you hold in your hand is an essential guide.--John McLaughlin, former deputy director of U.S. Central Intelligence Of the many biographies of Vladimir Putin that have appeared in recent years, this one is the most useful. --Foreign Affairs This is not just another Putin biography. It is a psychological portrait. --The Financial Times Q: Do you have time to read books? If so, which ones would you recommend? "My goodness, let's see. There's Mr. Putin, by Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy. Insightful."--Vice President Joseph Biden in Joe Biden: The Rolling Stone Interview.
 

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An exceptionally insightful work that should be read by anybody interested in or involved in world politics. Brilliant.

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Horridly written book
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Contents

Who is Mr Putin?
1
Boris Yeltsin and the Time of Troubles
16
The Statist
34
The History Man
63
The Survivalist
78
The Outsider
113
The Free Marketeer
143
The Case Officer
167
Chronology
275
Notes on Translation Transliteration Nomenclature Style and Sources
285
Abbreviations and Acronyms
291
Acknowledgments
294
Notes
301
Bibliography
363
Index
379
Back Flap
391

The System
210
The Stakeholders Revolt
250
Back Cover
392
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About the author (2013)

Fiona Hill is director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the BrookingsInstitution, where she is the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow in ForeignPolicy.

Clifford G. Gaddy is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy and Global Economy andDevelopment programs at the Brookings Institution.

Hill and Gaddy are the coauthors of The Siberian Curse: How Communist PlannersLeft Russia Out in the Cold (Brookings).

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