Unlock the mystery of who this leader is and how he's remained in power for so many years Written from the perspective of a first-person Putin and his fictional personal aide Gosha, this novel is entertaining and unique The author's goal was to provide a different view of the man behind Russia, because the Western media often provides a bias view of him.
Read this intriguing novel and come to your own conclusions. The story opens in with Gosha, Putin's personal assistant, preparing his mother for burial as fast as he can before he needs to be back at work.
Apparently there are no days off, even for a death in the family. Gosha returns to work, discovers that Putin knows where he was and what he was doing. Nothing can be hidden from the former KGB man. This establishes that Putin is powerful and scary. Part of Gosha's work is transcribing Putin's memoirs. This is the device by which the narrative voice changes from third person - Gosha's point of view to first person - Putin telling his own story. Putin describes his childhood and education, judo mastery and meeting his wife, his years with the KGB and his rise to power under Yeltsin.
I thought Jennifer Ciotta did a great job presenting Putin as human and clarifying his ideology somewhat - at least that he recognizes the flaws of communism. Alternating between Putin's memoir and Gosha's point of view, the reader arrives in the year and the first three months of Putin's presidency. The Kursk submarine disaster. From this point, the Kursk submarine disaster dominates the book and is presented as the defining event leading to Putin's acceptance of foreign aid - too late to save the submariners but in time to save Putin's presidency - and solidifying Putin's taking decisive control of Russia.
This is a very readable book.
The subject is interesting - at least to me - and generally the flow of the narrative is fairly smooth. A few things bugged me. Occasionally, especially later in the book, the narrative falters. I believe this is due to shifting not just point of view, but also time and location, too often or too abruptly, and sometimes I had to stop and check who was talking and where I was.
The other sort of disjointed part of the book was the bit on Bill Clinton. A lot of time was spent on his visit to Moscow, his marital problems and so forth for a book about Vladimir Putin.
None of these flaws prevented me from enjoying the story. A very readable book. Here at Walmart. Your email address will never be sold or distributed to a third party for any reason. Due to the high volume of feedback, we are unable to respond to individual comments. Sorry, but we can't respond to individual comments. Recent searches Clear All. Update Location. If you want NextDay, we can save the other items for later.
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They point to the parallel between a dominant Sparta and a rising Athens, the so-called Thucydides trap. The Russian leader is circumspect. I do not accept many of his methods when it comes to addressing problems. But do you know what I think? I think that he is a talented person.
He knows very well what his voters expect from him. Mr Putin wearily dismisses charges of orchestrated interference in the US presidential election campaign. He insists Mr Trump won in his own right by tapping the anti-establishment mood and the backlash against globalisation. What happened in reality?
Mr Trump has reciprocated by not directly criticising Mr Putin. The two leaders are scheduled to meet at the G20 in Osaka. The question is whether they can find any common ground, notably on arms control, where bilateral cold war treaties that have underpinned nuclear stability are being torn up. The US, accusing Russia of breaching the Intermediate Nuclear Forces treaty , has notified Moscow it will withdraw by August 2 in the absence of compliance.
Russia denies it is in breach and accuses the US of counter-breaches through missile deployment in Europe. At the same time, a second treaty New Start limiting the number of warheads is nearing expiry in Mr Putin tells the Financial Times that Mr Trump intimated in a recent conversation that the US was interested in extending New Start, but no initiative has been forthcoming. And this is bad. Of the many gambles Mr Putin is accused of taking , the attempted assassination of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, England in ranks high.
Even 15 months on from the nerve agent attack which London blames on Moscow, Mr Putin bristles and says it is time to move on. This spy story, as we say, it is not worth five kopecks.
A huge one! It's about a man with foibles and strengths, and Ciotta lets us hear how he plans and schemes to survive. Cancel Submit. I would recommend this book to all types of readers. We get a glimpse of the real Putin thanks to Gosha Golubev, his fictional personal aide. World Show more World. Russia denies it is in breach and accuses the US of counter-breaches through missile deployment in Europe.
While the nerve agent attack did not kill Mr Skripal or his daughter, a member of the public died after coming into contact with a perfume bottle containing the nerve agent novichok, which British officials say was manufactured in Russia. Mr Putin denies that Russia is directly involved in propping up Mr Maduro, arguing this is one more Russophobic conspiracy theory propagated by the west. The only presence of Russians are military contractors servicing defence assets, he says, adding that more could be sent. Do we want to revert to gunboat diplomacy?
What do we need it for? Is it necessary to humiliate Latin American nations so much in the modern world and impose forms of government or leaders from the outside? The Russian leader insists this is a matter for Venezuelans to resolve for themselves. But is it enough that he entered a square and proclaimed himself president? A popular uprising in Russia — encouraged by the west — is the stuff of nightmares for Mr Putin. Having witnessed first hand the collapse of communism in eastern Europe and the fall of the Soviet Union, he has long harboured suspicions of western conspiracies to undermine his regime.
The colour revolutions in Georgia and Ukraine, as well as the US-led interventions in Iraq and Libya, have further convinced him of malign intentions. For now, Mr Putin looks politically formidable. Such a goal has long eluded an economy heavily dependent on oil and gas. But rather than increasing spending, Mr Putin is building a war chest.