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  • The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Masha Gessen
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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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.

    John says: "very good points, but bias is evident"
    "Wordy and short on facts."
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    I had recently finished Steve Coll's detailed and meticulously researched book on the Bin Laden family history and purchased this book hoping for something along those lines for Putin.

    Boy was I disappointed, far from a informative account of Putin, his rise and the internal structures of power in Russia, what I got instead was a weird jumble of semipersonal feelings about that period and remminances about her life and her friends under Putin's political rule. What I liked about Coll was his ability to write an objective narrative about the Bin Ladens without any sort of emotional judgement, this was not the case for this book.

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