If you want to understand why Putin is helping Syria's Asad by selling him more weapons, and why he's helping Iran, and whether or not he stole Robert Kraft's Super Bowl ring in 2005, read this book. It provides a fascinating look at Putin, from his days as a child to his current role as President of Russia.
The most memorable moment was how Putin behaved when a Russian submarine (the Kursk) sunk. Putin didn't let any foreigners - who had the ability to save the sailors - save the Kursk, and all 118 sailors and officers aboard died.
The book is getting interesting as you go along. I remembered many of the events that were discussed in the book, but got a different perspective of each event as the author explained what really happened, and how Putin influenced, and sometimes controlled the event.
A Must read for everyone who loves history, and who really wants to understand Putin's motives.
The personal connections developed between the presidents is fascinating. I also learned a lot about historical events in the context of how each president made his decision and how involved were other presidents behind the scene.
It's a must read to everyone who likes politics, history and U.S, foreign policy.
the reader was great and really enhanced the listening experience.
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