The Man Without A Face

The Man Without A Face

The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Downloadable Audiobook - 2012
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The Man without a Face is the chilling account of how a low-level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress, making his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world. Handpicked as a successor by the "family" surrounding an ailing and increasingly unpopular Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin seemed like the perfect choice for the oligarchy to shape according to its own designs. Suddenly the boy who had stood in the shadows, dreaming of ruling the world, was a public figure, and his popularity soared. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see the progressive leader of their dreams, even as he seized control of the media, sent political rivals and critics into exile or to the grave, and smashed the country's fragile electoral system, concentrating power in the hands of his cronies. As a journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen experienced this history firsthand, and for The Man without a Face she has drawn on information and sources no other writer has tapped. Her account of how a faceless man maneuvered his way into absolute-and absolutely corrupt-power has the makings of a classic of narrative nonfiction.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781455153145
1455153141
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (10hr., 43 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Eyre, Justine
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4piece
Aug 22, 2017

A thorough and well-written account of Putin's rise to power. There are no huge surprises in this account - but knowledgeable journalist Masha Gessen delivers the detailed story of Putin from his childhood in Leningrad through his presidency in 2012. This audiobook is also read very well - Justine Eyre switches effortlessly from English to Russian accents to make the dialogue come alive. Highly recommended!

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hinalea98
Feb 01, 2017

Couldn't stand the narrator's nasally voice. I'll read the book instead.

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