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First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin
     

First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin

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by Vladimir Putin, Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, Andrei Kolesnikov
 

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ISBN-10: 1586480189

ISBN-13: 9781586480189

Pub. Date: 05/28/2000

Publisher: PublicAffairs

Who 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

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Who 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 of public examination of his life and views. Both as a spy and as a virtual political unknown until selected by Boris Yeltsin to be Prime Minister, Putin has been regarded as man of mystery. Now, the curtain lifts to reveal a remarkable life of struggles and successes. Putin's life story is of major importance to the world.

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ISBN-13:
9781586480189
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Publication date:
05/28/2000
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
136,115
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Principle Figures in First Personix
Part One: The Son1
Part Two: The Schoolboy13
Part Three: The University Student27
Part Four: The Young Specialist45
Part Five: The Spy65
Part Six: The Democrat83
Part Seven: The Bureaucrat123
Part Eight: The Family Man147
Part Nine: The Politician163

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First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest? Pretentious. I do not recommend.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a great deal of interest in Putin before. Now that I have read this book I want to read more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I watch quite a bit of world affairs, I really enjoyed the perspective of this book. It was an incredible perspective to a man who is emerging as a remarkable world leader. Very nice to understand modern day soviet life as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I did not enjoy reading this one as much as "Putin" by Chris Hutchins, it is probably more realistic. I stalk Putin to an unhealthy degree and have noticed a lot of people try to spice him up. He has spoken of these peoples' fantasies before. A lot of Russian leaders have been oppressive and Satanic. People also paint such a picture around him. Yes, Putin has a side to him that I have experienced, but he isn't quite as sadistic, which this book illustrates as well. I will continue to be a fanatical fan of his and appreciate this book and how honest it seems to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book to assist me with a term paper and found that this man of mystery is truly a remarkable political mind in action. It is a refreshing interview consisting of facts of his past, present, and future endeavors. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about what type of hands Russia is in and the man that is holding her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book with a translated version into Korean language because I could not afford to get the English version. As I read each chapter of the book, his shrewd, responsible, and eminent attitudes impressed me. In addition, when I read he had a well trimmed body and could say he regareded Judo as philosophy, I began to look him up and respect him. I am sure he would lead Russia into a better way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whatever your opinion of the President of Russia, it will change after you read this book. Read fascinating interviews with Putin, as well as some from his family and friends. These aren't formal statements from a president, rather Vladimir telling about his life. Read about his time in East Germany, and what he thought of the repressive regime. He talks about his family, his time in the KGB, and his passion for Judo. This book was published orginally in Russian for the Russian people. Find out what they know about their president that we don't.