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Man Without a Face The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

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ISBN-10: 1594488428

ISBN-13: 9781594488429

Edition: 2012

Authors: Masha Gessen

List price: $27.95
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The Man Without a Faceis 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 Faceshe 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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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Prologue
The Accidental President
The Election War
The Autobiography of a Thug
Once a Spy
A Coup and a Crusade
The End of a Reformer
The Day the Media Died
The Dismantling of Democracy
Rule of Terror
Insatiable Greed
Back to the Ussr
Epilogue: A Week in December
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index