First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Who is this Vladimir Putin Who is this man who suddenly overnight and without warning was handed the reigns of power to one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world How can we trust him if we don t know him First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip An extraordinary compilation of oveWho is this Vladimir Putin Who is this man who suddenly overnight and without warning was handed the reigns of power to one of the most complex, formidable, and volatile countries in the world How can we trust him if we don t know him First Person is an intimate, candid portrait of the man who holds the future of Russia in his grip An extraordinary compilation of over 24 hours of in depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin s KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power No Russian leader has ever subjected himself to this kind of public examination of his life and views Both as a spy and as a virtual political unknown until selected by Boris Yeltsin to be Prime Minister, Putin has been regarded as man of mystery Now, the curtain lifts to reveal a remarkable life of struggles and successes Putin s life story is of major importance to the world.
First Person An Astonishingly Frank Self Portrait by Russia s President Vladimir Putin Who is this Vladimir Putin Who is this man who suddenly overnight and without warning was handed the reigns of power to one of the most complex formidable and volatile countries in the world How can

  • Title: First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin
  • Author: Vladimir Putin Nataliya Gevorkyan Natalya Timakova Andrei Kolesnikov
  • ISBN: 9781586480189
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin”

    1. I'm not sure about astonishingly frank; compared to Khrushchev, perhaps. Putin has an answer for everything, though the questions from these three journalists don't go all that searchingly deep. The most mysterious thing about Putin could be his meteoric rise from seemingly minor functionary to leader of Russia. He unquestionably had intelligence, savviness, a certain amount of ambition, he knew a few people, he was at the right place at the right time - does this explain it all? His resume woul [...]

    2. I'm not sure how astonishingly frank and how astonishingly staged these interviews were, but this man has an answer for everything. The book portraits a driven, self-made man who, almost by accident, became president of Russia. He is also a good family man, as described by his teachers, his wife, his daughters and his friends.The book scraps away a lot of the mystic aurea that has been surrounding Putin recently, but it doesn't add much to the story of the most important man of 2015.

    3. You don't have to like Putin or Russia in order to appreciate his rough way of thinking and the concise form of expressing his thoughts. In this atypical book of interviews, that alternates Putin's answers with "testimonies" of his intimates regarding a particular subject, the now and then Russian President appears as a man who knows what he wants, both for himself and Russia too. More than anything else, he trusts in himself and his ability to restore Russia's (not so old) glory and role in the [...]

    4. i found this book extremely enlightening in regards to what is going on in russia today. the entire book is comprised of 3 or 4 multiple hour interviews that were given by putin when he first came into office in 2000. he talks about where he came from, his life in the kgb, his family, his politicsetty much everything. after reading it i felt like i better understood him and his way of decision making, and ultimately it's the reason why i stand up for him so much in light of recent shady circumst [...]

    5. I reread this book all the time - amazing insight into Putin. A caveat: the authors only had 3 weeks to write and publish the book. That's why the editing is a bit shotty.

    6. Going into this book I had no expectations, which is most likely why I enjoyed it. If you want to understand Putin on a more personal level and comprehend his tactics, this is the book to read. Loved how it was pieced together, getting snippets of interview from his colleagues and family members discussing his character. Very interesting! After finishing this book, I have more respect for him. Even though this is a biography, it simply proves that anything can be accomplished if one puts their m [...]

    7. Rating 4/5, mainly because its not current but thats really it, I learned a lot about Putin in the book that goes against Mainstream media and mainstream opinion of him and makes me know that he is definitely a wonderful leader for Russia and people need to see the truth and stop believing lies about people just because of some country's history. Putin hates communism as much as anyone and he made things better for the Russian people after they had to endure starving and long lines and torture t [...]

    8. Interesting interviews, but it never comes near to explaining how Putin, with seemingly little ability, no significant connections and no particular skills rose so quickly once he arrived in Moscow and was selected by Yeltsin to replace him.As mysterious as the rise of our non-entity to leadership.

    9. Had a great interest about reading this Book. And glad to say it didn't disappoint me. What I learn from this book about Putin that he's a Honest guy or rather say a total Honest guy. He always did the thing like what need to do. I strongly believe right now Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin is the world's best Leader among allLong Live PUTIN

    10. The sort of autobiography that political candidates write in all Western democracies. Self-serving rubbish. But as someone who doesn't follow Russian politics closely, it was fun to see when he was obviously spending pages and pages on self-justification over various issues.I would not buy a used car from the author of this book.

    11. Putin is not the kind of politician to have a bunch of ghost writers, who can write a pretentious book about his hope and dreams. The book is mostly made of interviews and "monologues" When gives it a dry but authentic touch.

    12. ok this book is funny as hell, Putin is like 'my mom was laid in a pile of corpses but got out ok' to cracking jokes about Napolean in a couple beats, what is this, how is it public

    13. Given another audience, the book may have achieved what it set out to do. However, in the hands of this ignorant reader, it did not enlighten much.

    14. Interesting read about an interesting man and his ideals. This book also has some interesting insight into why Chechnya was handled in the way it was and it also provides a decent character assessment about Putin. Also has some rather humourous excerpts too. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I think Putin needs to be involved in writing a new biography. I would like to gain more knowledge about his insight in regards to current events which I don't believe Oliver Stone quite covered in his interviews [...]

    15. Tired of reading "KGB", "KGB", "KGB". Not bad. He really knows "How to stick to the goal". At the age of 16, he went to the KGB office and expressed his intention to become a KGB agent. Finally, he became one.

    16. There seems to be a lot he is not saying in this book specially about his fast rise to power, but it is still a fun read and gives an idea of his world view and personality. I really enjoyed reading this.

    17. its based on all official interviews, but offers some insight to a guy who cut his chops in a cold war mentality

    18. I just started to read this book when the current Crimea/Ukraine event started to happen - call that serendipity? I am not quite done yet with this book but have gotten far enough along with it to make an evaluation. It is written in an interview-style of questions and answers which I found surprising. I would very much have preferred to read a book about him as an autobiography written in the first person rather then a kind of "interview and notes taken" approach. This made the book awkward to [...]

    19. First Person is a transcription of a series of interviews conducted in 2000 by three Russian journalists with Vladimir Putin, his wife and daughters, friends, teachers, and colleagues. The book is written in a question-answer format which is usually effective but occasionally leaves the reader in doubt as to who is answering a particular question: Putin or one of the other interviewees.Don't read this book expecting deep insight into Putin's political philosophy or details of his experience in t [...]

    20. Закончила необычный проект, на который меня вдохновила статья Владимира Надеина "Блатарь Путин". Помимо прочего, речь в ней идет о книге "От первого лица. Разговоры с Владимиром Путиным". Надеин пишет: "Задача была — прославлять того, кто был «и.о. Первого лица», но то ли замыс [...]

    21. It was interesting to read more about the decisive world leader. I liked the interview style - and that they spoke with several others to obtain further perspective. 14 years later, we can look at it with some hindsight and find additional meaning in statements probably not intended at the time. For example, the stories from his wife are especially poignant, knowing they have recently divorced. One can't help but ponder on the true realities of her experience. Likewise, his claims on not wanting [...]

    22. This is a good overview of Putin's life, up until the beginning of the year 2000. When I bought the book, I thought I would be getting more updated information, i.e. about the man who has made Russia a world power again and even a major player in the war in Syria. But I did not look a the publication date, so it is my fault. Anyway, as I said, this is an overview of the main events of Putin's private life and career, as it is only a collection of interviews of Putin, his family and close friends [...]

    23. Being that this was written in the year 2000, I would like to research the man a bit further. I find nothing notably distasteful about Putin in this first person account. He, as well as all of his family members, seem like regular folks to me. Here in the west, he gets a tremendous amount of bad press, as many of Russian origin do. I have a more recent account of Putin that I plan to read soon.Having said that, I thought that the book was thought-provoking and provided useful insight to Putin, h [...]

    24. This entire book is formatted as an interview and was compiled from several interviews Putin has conducted over the years. The content vascillates wildly from the banal to the bizarre, and one ends up with the impression that Putin was simply the "socialist boy next door," and it's anyone's guess how this relatively modest figure has found himself wielding such an immense amount of political power as the president of Russia. Refreshingly candid and a pleasure to read.

    25. Clearly a more sympathetic view of Putin (after all he dictated it) than other books on the subject. Even here he remains an enigma. Perhaps most revealing is that the guy has a sense of humor. Unfortunately even in his own version of Russia in 2000, that sensitivity doesn't extend to the rebels in Chechnya. We are left to color in the lines of the brutality. My next book will look at the man from the opposite perspective.

    26. an enjoyable, biased (i mean, his handpicked friends and relatives are contributing comments, even if a well-respected journalist is recording all of this) account of the early life and times of vladimir putin that, when read against the grain, is relatively revealing in terms of how he approaches foreign and domestic politics.

    27. The reason behind the interviews making up this book, as mentioned in the preface, is a question asked in Davos in January 2000 by Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer, "Who is Putin?"And as also mentioned, this book doesnt "answer the complex question "But considering my ignorance about Russia, there are lots of things that I learnt about and would like to research more.

    28. Surprisingly enjoyable, even if it's still left me just as confused by many things about his rise as before I read it. Far better than biographies of other Eastern European leaders I've read, perhaps because it takes an interview format and doesn't try to proclaim he was amazing since birth

    29. I read this several years ago and it had a great deal to do with how i saw Putin and his potential affect on Russia. Though sometimes it seems to deal with him too leniantly i think this book is a necessity for anyone who wants to know more about Russia and its presidentahem Prime Minister

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