The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.
Allan C. Lynch
(Potomac Books, $24.95)
Lynch’s slim tome is a more standard biographical treatment, and is rich in detail about Putin’s pre-political life, though it does hew more to the more positive “domestic” interpretation of Putin (he brought stability, economic recovery and international respect), versus the less appreciative “international” view (Putin is but the latest manifestation of a centuries-long tradition of anti-democratic centralization at home and feudalistic manipulation of the “near-abroad”).
Reviewed in Russian Life: May/June 2012