Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

by Charles J. Shields


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Vladimir Putin by Charles J. Shields

The Russian democratic experiment continues under its third president, Vladimir Putin. Now in his second term, Putin was an unknown when he was handpicked by Boris Yeltsin to succeed him. Although Putin was quiet and almost withdrawn compared with the loud, large, and unpredictable Yeltsin, he held strong convictions about how the country should be managed and where he wanted to stand on the world's stage.

As a boy in the slums of Leningrad, Putin dreamed of serving his country. Recruited by the Soviet secret police as a counterintelligence spy, he was responsible for stealing classified high-tech secrets from the West. But when the Soviet Union's Communist rule dissolved in November 1989, Putin returned to Leningrad angry and confused, and determined to find another way to serve this new country. His fierce patriotism and ambition led him to the top governmental position in Russia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791069455
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 08/28/2002
Series: Major World Leaders
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword: On Leadership   Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.     6
A Modern Leader     12
A Wall Comes Down     15
The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Spy     27
On the Front Lines of the Cold War     36
"The Gray Cardinal" in St. Petersburg     50
To the Kremlin     60
President of Russia     72
The Sinking of the Kursk     81
Pivotal Moments in Putin's Presidency     89
Putin and the New Russia     101
Chronology     110
Bibliography     114
Further Reading     115
Index     117

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