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Academy Award winner Oliver Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span—never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone’s trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump.

Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the United States and Russia, allegations of interference in the US election, and Russia’s involvement with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere across the globe. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. At one point, Stone asks, “Why did Russia hack the election?”; at another, Stone introduces him to Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove, which the two watch together.

Stone has interviewed controversial world leaders before, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Benjamin Netanyahu. But The Putin Interviews, in its unmediated access to one of the most enigmatic and powerful men in the world, can only be compared to the series of conversations between David Frost and Richard Nixon we now refer to as “The Nixon Interviews” of 1977.

The book will also contain references and sources that give readers a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the interviews and make for a more robust reading experience.

©2017 Oliver Stone (P)2017 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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You decide.

Oliver Stone does an excellent job not only in the interviewing of a very powerful man, but he manages to give Putin a "down to earth"persona that allows the listener to become part of the conversation. Stone dissects all aspects of Putin without putting Putin on the defensive while he allows Putin to engage as a common man. One tends to forget that Putin wields power that is truly unimaginable. Another very clever aspect of the story is the interjection of verification of Putin's answers without annoying the listener. A very important book in understanding our advesary or ally. One decides after listening to the conversation between a brilliant filmmaker and biographer and Putin, the other powerful leader on the world stage.

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Excellently told

This is excellent. Better in fact than the showtime interview. Get to know Russia and Putin through these interviews. Don't let the mainstream media poison you to Russia or the Russian President. Worth your time and quite interesting as well.

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Informative, fact based, and accurate

What did you love best about The Putin Interviews?

The candid talk with Putin, although it isn't directly alleged, proves media spins information so the USA is always in a war with someone.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The unprecedented access to Putin, and the perspective from the other side.

If you could give The Putin Interviews a new subtitle, what would it be?

The untold story.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend, puts aside politics and gives dates, facts,makes you wonder why we are always at war with someone?

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Required reading for all Americans and Europeans

What your Government is doing and your MSM is not reporting. Read this book or watch the interview and form your own judgement.

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A for Effort...but I nearly puked.

My first star always goes to effort. If a person conceives an idea and works to actualize it, they deserve that pat on the back, for “many’s the slip twixt the cup and the lip.”

Beyond that, this book is nothing but a propaganda medium for Mr. Putin. I do not regret buying it bc I’m interested in knowing how very consequential people like Mr. Putin view the world. The person I have issues with is Oliver Stone. If he set out to be a journalist, he failed woefully. If this interview were conducted by Mr. Putin’s protégés, it couldn’t have been more groveling and mollycoddling. It’s a study in journalistic infantilism. Mr. Stone hates his country. And went proselytizing with Mr. Putin. It’s a shameful case of “see? I’m an American and I hate my country. Be impressed!” And Mr. Putin, smart as hell, treated him with the condescending patience with which intelligence approaches boring servility. Buy the book to be entertained by how cunning and smart Mr. Putin is. But have a barf bag close by. Mr. Stone will many times drive you to the brink his questions and lapdog obsequiousness!

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Totally awesome

This is a must to heard book for all those who wants to understand the world we live in right now, a unique opportunity to get first hand information, without being manipulated by the media.

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A must read by any means

It's the first time I've read an audiobook non stop. Not only the content it's great but also the intent behind it is a remarkable effort to shine light on the reality of the Russian perspective on many of the world issues.

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Putin is the most patient man in the world.

The interviews were just great. Lots of insights from Putin on all the issues.

Especially eye opening was the proof that the US supported the Muslim terror in Chechnya.

One thing Stone gets totally wrong is the size and shape of the Russian economy. Russia has the 6th biggest GDP and more foreign exchange reserves in the bank than they did before the oil crash and sanctions.

One annoying thing about the audio book is the 3rd person that chimes in for "supporting information" and sources. It seems like they put this in to verify things. But in the end, the ppl who don't believe it, won't accept the sources of supporting info anyway.

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Excellent

Excellent putin comes across as an intellectual though stones questioning was light . took.a while to realize it is the interpreters voice.

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Oliver Stone should receive Nobel Peace prize

Highest marks !!!!

Oliver Stone should receive Nobel Peace prize

Also narrated and footnoted superbly

Congratulations

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  • mgn
  • 06-28-17

Compelling

The best current affairs book I've read/listened to in a v long time. Fascinating sense of Putin,
his background and philosophy. Oliver Stone could have pushed back more on the oligarchy and corruption of state & individual but overall a fine program. Fascinating. Topical. Relevant.

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  • Trevs369
  • 10-17-17

Very interesting.

Very thought provoking. Gives an insight into the other side of the story. Well done.

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  • Tarjinder
  • 04-10-18

putin

fascinating book and insight into Russia itself i found it
very enjoyable I would recommend it

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  • julien
  • 08-06-17

Putin the chess player

there are no dramatic declarations or controversial opinion expressed in these interviews.

Mr Putin is a careful statesman and Mr Stone is a sycophantic interviewer.

However, the exercise is not devoid of interest, Mr Putin use that window of expression to lay down a very careful and diplomatique narrative, never brash or aggressive, he shades a rational light on Russia's current geopolitical situation.