By Mikhail Zygar
All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an unintentional king and a court docket uncontrolled. in response to an remarkable sequence of interviews with Vladimir Putin's internal circle, this e-book provides a noticeably various view of strength and politics in Russia. just like Putin as a strongman is dissolved. as a substitute is a weary figurehead buffeted--if now not controlled--by the boys who immediately recommend and misinform him.
The local governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable gadgets, way more robust of their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officers who shield the pathways to power-on whom Putin relies up to they depend upon him. The tenuous edifice is full of the entire intrigue and plotting of a Medici courtroom, as enemies of the kingdom are invented and wars all started to justify own profits, inner rivalries, or one faction's biased advantage.
A bestseller in Russia, All the Kremlin's Men is a stunning revisionist portrait of the Putin period and a blinding reconstruction of the machinations of courtiers operating riot.
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All the Kremlin’s Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin by Mikhail Zygar