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Mr. Putin

By: Fiona Hill,Clifford G. Gaddy
Narrated by: Ellen Archer
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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.

©2015 Fiona Hill and Clifford G. Gaddy (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Not a good narration.

This is a fascinating and dense book. I tried listening to it, but the narration makes it hard to follow the complexities. I was constantly rewinding to understand key issues. Finally I gave up and read the kindle version. Much. Much. Much. Better

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the best book on Putin

Anyone interested in understanding how Putin thinks plans and act, how he plays and fight must read this book. Putin is a dangerous street tug but he now sits as the head of Russia with large nuke arsenal,. USSR had at least a polit buro a group of communists to make key decisions now there is only one man Putin and he can and will resort to nukes. The real evil empire is Russia under Putin. Excellent book highly recommend it.

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A real snoozer.

I really tried to get interested in this book, but it was painfully dry and a real effort to not move on to another book. Maybe others may find it interesting, but in my mind, Putin is almost a super-villain and the book just wasn’t what I was hoping for.
I couldn’t get past the first two hours before throwing in the towel.
Good luck, maybe you can stay awake longer.

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The Authors Can Even Read Putin

The book is informative and up-to-dated. The 2 authors digged deep enough that they could even read Putin; assumingly that it was the real Putin, not the perception that Putin wanted them to read. Putin and the country of Russia were portrayed as Thieves and Swindlers. That made me feel offended. Still, Putin and Russia are necessary and useful Evils, which can be used to our Chinese best interests.

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Well paced narration

Well paced narration of this illuminating exposition about Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin. Written clearly but I didn’t think I’d complete it because it was like reading a long report and I found myself dozing off.

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highly insightful and revealing

If you find yourself wondering what could Putin possibly be thinking as he started this current war in Ukraine, this book is an excellent insight to his formative experiences and views of world politics. This book also provides timely and detailed history between Ukraine and Russia, and places much context on this current war, especially because it was written before this current war.

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Interesting book, amateurish performance

The performer does not bother with pronunciation of non-english names. I would not mind if that was the norm here, but it is not, so this performance stands up from the crowd in a negative way.

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Would have been a great magazine article

Lots of interesting insights, but too many names and too drawn out made for a distraction from the insights she had to share

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Excellent

Excellent description and analysis of Vladimir's world, how he got there as well what means for rest of us.

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in-depth, balanced, vital

The US and Russia have such different world views that empathy and understanding are difficult. Each of us who reads or listens to this book becomes part of the solution. The audiobook is read by the author herself.

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  • 04-26-20

Putin is Russia

Long, but must be finished to get the message. This is an attempt to explain Putin's Russia as it is: an attempt to show why he acts the way he does. The importance of understanding his thinking, not how the west thinks he should or does think!

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  • Kirsty Stewart
  • 11-13-22

There’s a lot of better books on Russia and Putin than this one

I’m not sure if it’s the way it’s written or the narrator. I’ve read / listened to many of the books on Putin authored by academics, journalists and politicians. I couldn’t get through this one as it seemed to drone on with no new or interesting insights. I hate to be negative but I didn’t love it.