Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution
With the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia launched itself on a fitful transition to Western-style democ ...more
You've fired all the political holdovers in your government and replaced them with fellow FSB operatives guaranteed to share your world view. You've commandeered the media outlets; not one issue is raised that you haven't approved. You've bounced those upstart oligarchs out of town. You've scorched the earth of Chechnya. These charities, these NGOs, righteously exiled under suspi ...more
Prior to either or both of those taking place, the author Peter Baker agreed to talk to my students about his book. That will probably happen in October or November.
As for the book, I read it with the plan to make excerpts for my students. I will be using quite a bit of this book. Some of the areas I didn't feel I would use and skimmed through those. That bei ...more
This portrait of "the fishy-eyed, single-minded man at the top" (New York Times) takes a thematic approach to Putin's political leadership. Baker and Glasser, husband-and-wife Moscow bureau chiefs for The Washington Post from 2001 to 2004, scrutinize events from Putin's arms and oil deals with Iraq to the school siege in Beslan and find that the former KGB functionary has impeded late 20th-century Russia's democratic progress. If the book veers toward being too black and white, overemphasizing P...more