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    Description"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 and made 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 a 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 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.


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    Title
    The Man Without a Face
    Subtitle
    The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Masha Gessen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 314
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594488429
    ISBN 10: 1594488428
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
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    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
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    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO011000
    BIC subject category V2: JPHL
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS032000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET180
    Ingram Theme: CULT/RUSSIA
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: H5
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    B&T Approval Code: A15204060
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    DC22: 947.086/2092
    DC21: 947.0862092
    LC classification: DK510.766.P87 G47 2012
    Thema V1.0: JPHL, DNBH, NHD
    Publisher
    Penguin Putnam Inc
    Imprint name
    Riverhead Books,U.S.
    Publication date
    01 March 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of several previous books, most recently "Perfect Rigor." Editor of the Russian-language "Snob "magazine, she has contributed to "Vanity Fair," "The New Republic," "Granta," and "Slate," among other publications.
    Review quote
    A "Slate" and "San Francisco Chronicle" Best Book of 2012 "[An] absorbing portrait... Gessen is most illuminating when she details the historical accidents that allowed an unexceptional bureaucrat to rule Russia." -"The New Yorker " "Part psychological profile, part conspiracy study... As a Moscow native who has written perceptively for both Russian and Western publications, Gessen knows the cultures and pathologies of Russia... [and has] a delicious command of the English language... A fiercely independent journalist... Gessen's armchair psychoanalysis of Putin is speculative. But it is a clever and sometimes convincing speculation, based on a close reading of Putin's own inadvertently revealing accounts of his life, and on interviews with people who knew Putin before he mattered." -"The New York Times Book Review " "In a country where journalists critical of the government have a way of meeting untimely deaths, Ms. Gessen has shown remarkable courage in researching and writing this unflinching indictment of the most powerful man in Russia... Although written before the recent protests erupted, the book helps to explain the anger and outrage driving that movement." -"The Wall Street Journal" "Thanks to her fearless reporting and acute psychological insights, Masha Gessen has done the impossible in writing a highly readable, compelling life of Russia's mysterious president-for-life." -Tina Brown, "The ""Daily Beast " "Powerful and gracefully written... Gessen's book flows on multiple tracks, tracing Putin's life back to boyhood, the story of his hometown of St. Petersburg, and finally the last quarter-century of Russian history... For all of the ghoulish detail, Gessen's account of Russia is not overwrought... [she] displays impressive control of her prose and her story, painting a portrait of a vile Putin without sounding polemical." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "Engrossing and insightful." -"Bloomberg" "Gesse