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Best Putin Books That Will Hook You

Here is a list of the best Putin books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin (2016)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouIn this gripping narrative of Putin’s rise to power, Steven Lee Myers recounts Putin’s origins–from his childhood of abject poverty in Leningrad to his ascent through the ranks of the KGB, and his eventual consolidation of rule in the Kremlin. As the world struggles to confront a bolder Russia, the importance of understanding the formidable and ambitious Vladimir Putin has never been greater. On the one hand, Putin’s many domestic reforms–from tax cuts to an expansion of property rights–have helped reshape the potential of millions of Russians whose only experience of democracy had been crime,…
Author(s): Steven Lee Myers

2. House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia (2019)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouHouse of Trump, House of Putin offers the first comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship among Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Mafia that ultimately helped win Trump the White House. It is a chilling story that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming, money-drenched world of New York real estate, and ends with Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States. That moment was the culmination of Vladimir Putin’s long mission to undermine Western democracy, a mission that he and his hand-selected group…
Author(s): Craig Unger

3. The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin (2013)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouThe 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…
Author(s): Masha Gessen

4. We Need to Talk About Putin: How the West Gets Him Wrong (2019)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouMeet the world's most dangerous man. Who is the real Vladimir Putin? What does he want? And what will he do next? Despite the millions of words written on Putin's Russia, the West still fails to truly understand one of the world's most powerful politicians, whose influence spans the globe and whose networks of power reach into the very heart of our daily lives. This essential primer uncovers the man behind the myth, addressing the key misperceptions of Putin and explaining how we can decipher his motivations and next moves. From Putin’s early life in the KGB and his real relationship with the U.S. to his vision for…
Author(s): Mark Galeotti

5. First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia’s President (2000)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouWho is this Vladimir Putin? Who is this man who suddenly–overnight and without warning–was handed the reigns of power to one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world? How can we trust him if we don’t know him? First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip. An extraordinary compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin’s KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power. No Russian leader has ever subjected himself to this kind…
Author(s): Vladimir Putin, Nataliya Gevorkyan, et al.

6. Mr. Putin: Operative in the Kremlin (Geopolitics in the 21st Century) (2015)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouFrom 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…
Author(s): Fiona Hill, Clifford G. Gaddy

7. Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? (2015)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouThe raging question in the world today is who is the real Vladimir Putin and what are his intentions. Karen Dawisha’s brilliant Putin’s Kleptocracy provides an answer, describing how Putin got to power, the cabal he brought with him, the billions they have looted, and his plan to restore the Greater Russia.Russian scholar Dawisha describes and exposes the origins of Putin’s kleptocratic regime. She presents extensive new evidence about the Putin circle’s use of public positions for personal gain even before Putin became president in 2000. She documents the establishment of Bank Rossiya, now…
Author(s): Karen Dawisha

8. Letters to Putin: A Son’s Story of Betrayal (2019)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook You“This is a way of taking over the USA [and] could take as many as two million people in one stroke.”How far will one man go when his lifetime of narcissism is left unchecked and his insecurities crystallize to panic? How far will you allow that person to stoke fear and animosity in the hearts of others? Written in a time when hatred rules our country and love is at a loss, this is an unbelievable yet true story of manipulation, narcissism, and distrust gone too far.Author Joshua T. Crowley, a survivor of childhood abuse, invites you to come home with him for a weekend of painful…
Author(s): Joshua T. Crowley, Lori Cardille

9. Putin’s Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain (2019)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouNow in a thoroughly revised, expanded, and updated edition, this classic text provides the most authoritative and current analysis of contemporary Russia. Leading scholars explore the daunting domestic and international problems Russia confronts, considering a comprehensive array of economic, political, foreign policy, and social issues. Putin’s approach for dealing with his country’s challenges emphasizes recentralization of power and a strong state. He has returned to power for a fourth term amidst unresolved policy issues both domestically and from the…
Author(s): Stephen K. Wegren

10. Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews: Antisemitism, Propaganda, and the Displacement of Ukrainian Jewry (2019)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouDrawn from journalist Sam Sokol's reporting during the first years of the Donbas War, Putin's Hybrid War and the Jews chronicles the collapse of Jewish life in the regions of eastern Ukraine occupied by Russian-backed separatist militias in 2014. Based on extensive interviews and told through the eyes of refugees, politicians, soldiers, and aid workers, this book is a rich account of both the ravages of armed conflict and the Kremlin's attempts to weaponize antisemitism as part of its hybrid war against Ukraine.—-About the publisher: The Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy…
Author(s): Sam Sokol, ISGAP

11. Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia (2017)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouMore than twenty years ago, the NPR correspondent Anne Garrels first visited Chelyabinsk, a gritty military-industrial center a thousand miles east of Moscow. The longtime home of the Soviet nuclear program, the Chelyabinsk region contained beautiful lakes, shuttered factories, mysterious closed cities, and some of the most polluted places on earth. Garrels’s goal was to chart the aftershocks of the U.S.S.R.’s collapse by traveling to Russia’s heartland. Returning again and again, Garrels found that the area’s new freedoms and opportunities were exciting but also traumatic. As the economic collapse…
Author(s): Anne Garrels

12. The Putin Interviews (Showtime Documentary Films) (2017)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouAcademy Award winner Oliver Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span—never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone’s trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of…
Author(s): Oliver Stone, Robert Scheer

13. Near Abroad: Putin, the West, and the Contest over Ukraine and the Caucasus (2019)

 Best Putin Books That Will Hook YouBefore Russia invaded Ukraine, it invaded Georgia. Both states are part of Russia’s “near abroad”–newly independent states that were once part of the Soviet Union and are now Russia’s neighbors. While the Russia-Georgia war of 2008 faded from the headlines in the wake of the global recession, the geopolitical contest that created it did not. In Near Abroad, Gerard Toal moves beyond the polemical rhetoric that surrounds Russia’s interventions in Georgia and Ukraine to study the underlying territorial conflicts and geopolitical struggles. Central to understanding…
Author(s): Gerard Toal

Best Putin Books That Will Hook You

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Behind Putin’s Curtain: Friendships and Misadventures Inside Russia

Author(s): Stephan Orth
ID: 2366618, Publisher: Greystone Books, Year: 7 May 2019, Size: 6 Mb, Format: epub

Kremlin Winter: Russia and the Second Coming of Vladimir Putin

Author(s): Robert Service
ID: 2425792, Publisher: Picador, Year: 3 Oct 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub

Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Author(s): Garry Kasparov
ID: 2439414, Publisher: PublicAffairs, Year: 27 Oct 2015, Size: 613 Kb, Format: epub

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