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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (14 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586480189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586480189
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel on 21 Nov. 2011
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This reads a bit strange as it is interviews compiled in a book. But once you get going is quite ok.
It is a bit old (1999) and I would suggest to the publishers to do a similar exercise again as the last 10 years surely will have provided a fresh batch of questions to be asked.

But I like reading back grounds of people that have significant impact on the world-scene, and usually you can only find books on US presidents and where they came from so it is nice to read the back ground of a Russian president as well, as people's experiences in younger life can explain a lot about their decisions and actions in later life.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By olgaovp@aol.com on 28 Oct. 2000
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"Who is Mr.Putin" was the question asked in Davos in January 2000. It is questionable whether this book really answers the question, but surely it is what Vladimir Putin wants us to think. The book is based on 24 hours of interviews with the new Russian president. It is basically his brief biography in the form of questions and answers. It does not really describe how he had risen to power as the impression that the book gives is that he became president by magic or some supernatural power, neither does it tell the reader any detailed information about the views of the person who is going to run the nuclear power. On the other hand the book gives a much better account of Putin's childhood. The book is worth reading as it is on the topic that has not been discovered in depth yet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Umland on 30 Jan. 2007
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Die Frage "Wer ist Mr. Putin?" bewegt seit Boris Jelzins überraschendem Rücktritt am 31.12.1999 die Welt. Die ausführlichen Gesprächsaufzeichnungen von drei russischen Journalisten aus dem Frühjahr 2000 geben nur teilweise eine Antwort auf die Frage. Sie verbergen ebenso viel, wie sie aufdecken.

Es wird in den Interviews noch einmal eine Besonderheit Putins deutlich, die viele Beobachter schon zuvor bemerkt hatten: die bizarre Zufälligkeit von Putins steiler Karriere und seine politische Unerfahrenheit im Augenblick seiner Amtsübernahme. Dies würde im Russischen durch die Konstruktion "slutschajnyj tschelowek" (zufälliger Mensch) wiedergegeben werden. Normalerweise bedeutet im traditionell hierarchiebetonten und elitistischen russischen politischen Diskurs eine Charakterisierung als "slutschajnyj tschelowek" das Absprechen jeglicher Kompetenz für die Lösung der jeweiligen Aufgaben. Diesen Nachteil schien Putin sowohl mit seiner mythologisierten Vergangenheit als KGB-Mitarbeiter (die hier auch weitgehend im Dunkeln bleibt) als auch mit dem Image eines früheren Vertrauten des verstorbenen ehemaligen Bürgermeisters von Sankt Petersburg Anatolij Sobtschak wettzumachen. Vor allem wird in dem Buch noch einmal deutlich, wie eng die Ernennung Putins zum Premierminister und seine Profilierung in dieser Funktion mit dem Tschetschenienkrieg verbunden war. Und dies, obwohl die Anleitung der in Tschetschenien tätigen "Machtorgane" (silowye organy) an und für sich direkt dem Präsidenten obliegt. De facto schien Putin mehr noch als seine zahlreichen Vorgänger bereits vor Jelzins Rücktritt das Zepter in Rußland in die Hand genommen zu haben.
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Hardly the weightiest of tomes, but still well worth the purchase. Taken from a series of interviews around 10 years ago we get a glimpse into Putin's life that ultimately creates more questions than it answers. If you're expecting this book to bust open his enigmatic persona you'll be somewhat disappointed, but if you want to get a feel for the core beliefs, principles and life experiences that form the basis of Putin's psyche you'll get a great deal from picking this up.
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