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This program is read by award-winning actor Jonathan Keeble.

The first comprehensive, fully up-to-date biography of Vladimir Putin, woven into the tumultuous saga of Russia over the last sixty years

Vladimir Putin is the world’s most dangerous man. Alone among world leaders, he has the power to reduce the United States and Europe to ashes in a nuclear firestorm and has threatened to do so. He invades his neighbors, most recently Ukraine, meddles in western elections, and orders assassinations inside and outside Russia. His regime is autocratic and deeply corrupt. But that is only half the story.

Unflinching, hard-hitting, and objective, Philip Short’s biography gives us the whole tale, up to the present day. To the fullest extent anyone has yet been able, Short cracks open the strongman’s thick carapace to reveal the man underneath those bare-chested horseback rides. In this deeply researched account, listeners meet the Putin who slept in the same room as his parents until he was twenty-five years old, who backed out of his wedding right beforehand, and who learned English in order to be able to talk to George W. Bush.

Vladimir Putin is wreaking havoc in Europe, threatening global peace and stability and exposing his fellow citizens to devastating economic countermeasures. Yet puzzlingly, many Russians continue to support him. This audiobook is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand the many facets of the man behind the mask that Putin wears on the world stage.

Putin will be the last word for years to come.

A Macmillan Audio production from Henry Holt and Company.

©2022 Philip Short (P)2022 Macmillan Audio

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A very timely biography!

Although it’s a lengthy listen, it was worth it. It provides incredible context for the current situation with Russia and its world posture today, and how Putin came to power.

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Putin: in context

Research and context shows how Russian actions and policy are often skewed differently from western thought. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to open their mind to understanding from another perspective.

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Wow, what a book!

29 hours of everything you wanted to know about Putin. Every major event in his life, every major decision, every influence, you can really see why Putin feels he is the injured party in many of his confrontations. The author kept me interested for 29 hours….an amazing feat. One of the very best books I’ve listened to.

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