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Putin's World

Russia Against the West and with the Rest
Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

We all now live in a paranoid and polarized world of Putin's making, and the Russian leader, through guile and disruption, has resurrected Russia's status as a force with which to be reckoned. From renowned foreign policy expert Angela Stent comes a must-hear dissection of present-day Russian motives on the global stage.

How did Russia manage to emerge resurgent on the world stage and play a weak hand so effectively? Is it because Putin is a brilliant strategist? Or has Russia stepped into a vacuum created by the West's distraction with its own domestic problems and US ambivalence about whether it still wants to act as a superpower? Putin's World examines the country's turbulent past, how it has influenced Putin, the Russians' understanding of their position on the global stage and their future ambitions - and their conviction that the West has tried to deny them a seat at the table of great powers since the USSR collapsed.

This audiobook looks at Russia's key relationships - its downward spiral with the US, Europe, and NATO; its ties to China, Japan, the Middle East; and with its neighbors, particularly the fraught relationship with Ukraine. Putin's World will help Americans understand how and why the post-Cold War era has given way to a new, more dangerous world, one in which Russia poses a challenge to the US in every corner of the globe - and one in which Russia has become a toxic and divisive subject in US politics. 

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©2019 Angela E. Stent (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Like the judo player he once was, Vladimir Putin has figured out ways to assert Russian power despite his nation's weakness. Understanding how he does it is crucial to America, and Angela Stent's deeply knowledgeable and readable book provides brilliant insights." (Walter Isaacson, New York Times best-selling author of Leonardo Da Vinci and Einstein)

"Putin's World offers a timely 21st century update on George Kennan's Long Telegram. Russians understand their country through history, geography, empire-and stories of 'great men.' Angela Stent deftly explains how Putin's version of Russian exceptionalism has been redrawing maps of power in Eurasia and beyond. In an era of strongmen who are seeking a new concert of power, Stent offers the wise perspective that we should consider Russia as it is, not as we might wish it to be." (Robert B. Zoellick, former president of the World Bank, US Trade Representative, and US deputy secretary of state)

"Informed by its author's distinguished career in government and academia, this account of Russian President Vladimir Putin's worldview provides an important window into one of the key geopolitical challenges of our time. Casual observers and seasoned experts will benefit from Dr. Stent's brilliant exploration of Putin's strategy and its disturbing implications for the West." (Former secretary of state Madeleine K. Albright)

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Very good

More of a story about The Russian mentality than Putin himself. Explains the most powerful 3rd World country very effectively.