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Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution [Paperback]

Peter Baker , Susan Glasser

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16 April 2007
With the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia launched itself on a fitful transition to Western-style democracy and a market economy. But a decade later, Boris Yeltsin's handpicked successor - Vladimir Putin, a self-described childhood hooligan turned KGB officer - resolved to end the revolution. "Kremlin Rising" goes behind the scenes of contemporary Russia to offer a sobering picture of its leader and the direction in which the country is now headed. As Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post, Peter Baker and Susan Glasser witnessed firsthand the methodical campaign to reverse the post-Soviet revolution and transform Russia back into an authoritarian state. Their gripping narrative moves from Putin's unlikely rise through the key moments of his tenure. But the authors go beyond the politics to draw a moving and vivid portrait of the Russian people they encountered - both those who have prospered and those barely surviving - and show how the political flux has shaped these individuals' lives. With shrewd reporting and unprecedented access to Putin's insiders, "Kremlin Rising" offers both unsettling revelations about Russia's leader and a compelling inside look at life in the land he is building. This book is an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of Russia and the debate about the country's uncertain future and its relationship with the United States.

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  • Paperback: 484 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc; New Ed edition (16 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597971227
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597971225
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 14.9 x 3.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,338,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is the first great book on the new Russia, as fresh as this morning's headlines and great fun to read. Baker and Glasser have cracked the code they explain Putin's Russia in terms any intelligent reader can understand."

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Peter Baker and Susan Glasser were the Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post from January 2001 to November 2004 and were responsible for covering the countries of the former Soviet Union. Baker is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton and is now a White House correspondent for the Post. Glasser previously covered national politics and later terrorism for the Post and now is assistant managing editor of the paper's Outlook section. They live in Washington, D.C.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An illuminating look at Putin's Russia 28 Jan 2008
By Edward P. Trimnell - Published on Amazon.com
I can still remember the heady days of 1989 that marked the end of the Cold War. Then came the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The conventional wisdom back then was that Russia would evolve into a Western-style democracy. (The Communism gig had clearly run its course, after all.) Everyone was giddy about Russia. Great, we all thought. The Ruskies don't want to bomb us anymore. And they've given up on the idea of turning Western Europe into a sausage and boiled bean-eating worker's paradise. The German heavy metal band Scorpions even waxed poetic on the changes with a song, "Winds of Change", in 1991. That song got a lot of airplay.

We didn't consider that there was a third alternative: a Russia which is neither democratic nor Communist. This is the nation described in "Kremlin Rising".

Baker and Glasser describe a Russian economy that is recovering from ten years of mismanagement under Boris Yeltsin. Vladamir Putin's Russia is regaining its place in the world---but not necessarily as the liberal democratic partner of our post-Glasnost visions. Putin has firmly reestablished a system of one-party rule within Russia; now the one party is his own United Russia party instead of the Communists.

This is a book about geopolitics and power struggles in high places. But it is also a book that explores the new Russia on the ground, at an intensely personal level. There are many individual stories in Kremlin Rising. As the authors describe, some Russians are successfully becoming nouveau riche capitalists. (Moscow reportedly boasts more billionaires than any other city in the world.) Others are flailing about without direction or a social safety net, unable to cope with the Russian version of capitalism.

This is a book that no one would have predicted in 1991. It is a must-read for those of you have been watching Russia since the fall of the Soviet Union.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Important to understanding what's happening in Russia 2 Oct 2008
By Becky Beus - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the first edition twice and had to buy the updated edition, just to get the current information. Russia is becoming a threat again, and this book helps to understand why. We lived in Russia (in Siberia) for over a year (2006-2007), and we found the same attitudes, circumstances, and fears described in Kremlin Rising. We came to love the people, but to question and fear the government--especially as it evolves...backward.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick not just for college-level holdings 9 Aug 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
KREMLIN RISING: VLADIMIR PUTIN'S RUSSIA AND THE END OF REVOLUTION appears in an updated edition to offer a behind-the-scenes look at modern Russia. The authors were Moscow bureau chiefs for the Washington Post and witnessed firsthand the campaign to change Russia back to an authoritarian state: their observations of Putin's rise reads with the drama of fiction and the authority of fact, and is key to understanding today's Russia, making it a top pick not just for college-level holdings but for any library including modern Russian history in its collection.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing bias on every page 17 Feb 2008
By Job - Published on Amazon.com
I lived in Russia for three years and found that Kremlin Rising did not in fact reflect either my experiences or those of my friends. The authors have a clear bias against Russian culture and the facts of life there, and seem to expect everyone to embrace American values and ideologies regardless of their historical and social experiences. For a much better book covering the same era, try Andrew Jack's 'Inside Putin's Russia'. You'll find balance and a decent understanding of both sides of the story, not just one which perpetuates Cold War mentalities.
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1.0 out of 5 stars ALL GARBAGE ABOUT VLADIMIR PUTIN'S FAMILY 11 Jun 2010
By Gabrielle Chana - Published on Amazon.com
I checked this book out from the library, and I must say that this book's portrayal about Vladimir Putin and his family life is outrageous and not true. There's not a lick of truth to anything this author has to say about how Vladimir relates to his family. I suspect that Vladimir's enemies wrote this book.

See my review for Vladimir's memoir First Person for more on this. As I read the book I felt I read a carefully calculated presentation with an agenda, and that agenda is not to tell the truth, but to defame the character of Vladimir Putin.

I did not feel I was reading a biography, but a piece of propaganda. The book insulted my intelligence.
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