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Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  206 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
In the tradition of Hedrick Smith's The Russians, Robert G. Kaiser's Russia: The People and the Power, and David Remnick's Lenin's Tomb comes an eloquent and eye-opening chronicle of Vladimir Putin's Russia, from this generation's leading Moscow correspondents.
With the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia launched itself on a fitful transition to Western-style democ
ebook, 464 pages
Published June 7th 2005 by Scribner (first published 2005)
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Jul 31, 2014 Antigone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: governance
Rude awakenings, these watershed moments. This outright interference. Just when you think you've got it under control.

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
Dec 18, 2015 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is common now to ask whether American Presidential candidates can "handle Putin and the Chinese", so it is of the greatest interest to see the mutual compliments given each other by the Master Negotiator and the Russian potentate. After all, Putin expressed admiration for Trump and since that is all that matters in his view, Trump returned the compliment. Which reminds me of the last time an American politician and Putin slapped each other on the back, when then-President Bush saw into the Ru ...more
Mar 10, 2008 King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Washington Post is "my" newspaper, the one I grew up reading as a kid in the suburbs of Northern Virginia. This book's authors were, until a couple years ago, the Post's Moscow bureau chiefs (I remember reading the article versions of some of these chapters). Anyway, even with a new Russian president-elect set to take the reigns in a few months, the book's exploration of Putin's tactics remains relevant. The writing is crisp and offers both insight and interesting trivia. It's one thing to r ...more
Sep 25, 2007 Tandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book covers the current situation in Russia really well. It is well written and written at a level that anyone can pick it up and read it without having background knowledge of Russia and her politics. It is well researched it covers things I have read about in newspapers and other books and puts them in this one book. I recommend this book as a place to turn to get up to speed on what is going on in Russia and with Russia's elections coming up a lot of people might want to read about the e ...more
Apr 20, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent analysis and presentation of the current state of Russian politics and society. It is very comprehensive and accessible to readers who might not follow Russian current events as closely as dorks like me. I only wish I had read this closer to the beginning of my time in Russia.
Feb 14, 2015 Kotinka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's particularly interesting to read this book 10 years after it's original publication. Looking back, what we have seen since the key tenets of 'managed democracy' were introduced by Putin during 2000-2005, has been a stagnation of a system whose pillars have effectively been in place for a decade now. Russians have on the whole been accepting of this way of being ruled by their government. Certain borders have been reached in the way that for example freedom of expression is curtailed, media ...more
Justin Tapp
Jan 12, 2014 Justin Tapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love Russia, or know someone who does, or have concern for someone who lives there then this book is for you. A great record of what's happened in the last 6 years under Putin. Things are getting worse and less free in Russia, not better. People who say "the verdict is still out on Putin," should probably read this book. In the past few years most "free" speech has been virtually outlawed, all TV media is now state-owned, oil and gas have been renationalized, the quagmire in Chechnya has ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A revealing and provocative look at the developments going on in post-Soviet Russia under Vladimir Putin. As an aspiring scholar of Russia myself, I was strongly impressed with the depth of the disturbing trends revealed by Baker and Glasser in this book. The pair demonstrate the crackdown on democracy and free speech, the brutality of the war in Chechnya, the disturbing realities of the health and legal systems and the corruption rife in contemporary society in, at times, disturbing detail.

Mar 05, 2008 Bubba rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia-ussr
For those of us in the West, and in its former satellites, who cheered the demise of the Soviet Union, it may be hard to make sense of Russia's current political tragectory. But, for those poor folks who saw their proud Empire turn into a chaotic mess under Yeltsin's experiments in Democracy and market economics, the brittle authoritarianism of Putin has its benefits. If you want to know what's up in Russia since the rise of Putin, you should read this book. A Soviet premier he is not, but neith ...more
Douglas Graney
Jul 29, 2014 Douglas Graney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in anticipation of bringing my students to the Embassy of Russia and/or a meeting with a State Dept official regarding Russia.

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
Michael Gerald
A scathing attack on Putin, his cronies, and their wishful thinking to revive Soviet "glories"- a euphemism for eroding democracy. It deserves to be read, especially these days when more Russians are finally opposing Putin's hubris.
Francine Uenuma
Baker and Glasser used to be bureau chiefs in Moscow, and describe Putin's gradual repression of many of the freedoms gained in Russia post-Cold War. Not a comprehensive history but makes for a quick read.
May 24, 2007 katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who hate putin
people should give putin a chance. poor putin. he goes and has a few people "offed" and now everyone is jumping down his throat. come on, people.
Jan 06, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
THE best post soviet history of russia I have read. Wonderful!
Jun 26, 2014 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
It seems more of us should have read this when it was published in 2005. It's depressing to see the authors' early pessimism about Putin's rule in Russia turn out to be so justified.
Oct 18, 2007 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody interested in Russia
so fascinating and fun to read! not a narrative, but reads like one with many stories in it.
May 02, 2007 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone wanting to know what Russia is like now
Insightful look into modern day Russia, and Putin. Mildly disturbing, but amazingly well done.
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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

victor harris
Mar 15, 2014 victor harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This takes you through 2005. The early years of the Putin dictatorship when he took control of the media, kept stoking the fires in the former republics and established his government of cronyism featuring many of his ex-KGB pals. Also covers the Chechnyan terrorist attacks in Russia and how he completely befuddled and manipulated Bush. Very interesting commentary on how he revived many of the symbols of the Soviet era and now runs a semi-Soviet state while calling it a democracy. Anyone wanting ...more
Trevor Durham
A haunting illustration of Russia's last two decades, with each brilliant brush-stroke giving light to the corners of a darkened nation. The problems facing the alcohol industry, the mass desertion within the army, the tourist trade, the oligarchy rising, all sandwiched between the horrific Beslan massacre makes this book by BOTH Susan Glasser and Peter Baker a must read.
Kim Burkhardt
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Jun 16, 2014 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
If your knowledge about Russian history ends with the fall of the USSR, this book fills in the recent history gap with first-hand observation and analysis about what major events and decisions by Putin meant and how they effected the development of Russia after he came into power.
Bill Churchill
Aug 10, 2014 Bill Churchill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All about Putin, the Oligarchs and Russia's modern political dynamic--written with great insight.
Apr 16, 2014 Owen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The most readable of the anti-Putin diatribes.
Apr 22, 2008 Dawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I think I need to give this one another try. Didn't finish the first time - Putin was pissin' me off so I took a break.
Jul 03, 2009 Tammy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-russia, own
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Dec 20, 2013 Daniel Goulden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book. The style is thoroughly enjoyable and quite literary. This is much more than just an analysis of Putin's rise to power. It does
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