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Author: Masha Gessen Narrator: Masha Gessen Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2019 ISBN: 9781984883919
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National Book Award winner Masha Gessen's biography of a ruthless man's ascent to near-absolute power.

The Man Without a Face
is the chilling account of how a low- level, small-minded KGB operative ascended to the Russian presidency and, in an astonishingly short time, destroyed years of progress and made his country once more a threat to her own people and to the world.

Handpicked as a successor by the "family" surrounding an ailing and increasingly unpopular Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin seemed like a perfect choice for the oligarchy to shape according to its own designs. Suddenly the boy who had stood in the shadows, dreaming of ruling the world, was a public figure, and his popularity soared. Russia and an infatuated West were determined to see the progressive leader of their dreams, even as he seized control of media, sent political rivals and critics into exile or to the grave, and smashed the country's fragile electoral system, concentrating power in the hands of his cronies.

As a journalist living in Moscow, Masha Gessen experienced this history firsthand, and for The Man Without a Face she has drawn on information and sources no other writer has tapped. Her account of how a "faceless" man maneuvered his way into absolute—and absolutely corrupt—power is the definitive biography of Vladimir Putin.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/16/2014

    " Very fascinating! A must read for anyone who wants to understand what's going on in Russia right now. I finished the last page anxious for the people of Russia and inpatient to see how this will all end up over the next few years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 2/15/2014

    " Passionately written (yet also cynical, how Russian!) story of the monster ruling Russia today. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 1/24/2014

    " Unlike George Bush, I've always through Vladimir Putin was evil. This book confirms it. An interesting look at post USSR politics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mijito | 1/24/2014

    " Revelatory. Made me cringe. There's too much to pretend its not happening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liza | 1/22/2014

    " This was a book that put everything that I have suspected together. Even though I have always known Russia is corrupt, I have not realized the extent of this corruption. It is amazing to realize how much people did not know about Putin and for how long they did not know it. It's a very important book because when there is no way that the people of Russia can legally take back their power, journalists like Masha Gessen are the ones who fill the power gap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikaela | 1/19/2014

    " Informative, but I have definitely read less biased, more enrapturing biographies before. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariano | 12/29/2013

    " Absorbing tale of what really seems to have been going on in post Cold War Russia and the imminent change at hand "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marin | 12/21/2013

    " While detailed and clearly connected to the events, the author is unquestionably biased. She has a few moments of brilliance that paint a scary, scary Russia and monster of a person in Putin. However she also displays a naivete that casts a question on the rest of her claims. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ro | 12/4/2013

    " I was stunned by this book. Stunned at the casual nature of Putin's rise and stunned to learn how little his comrades knew about him before he took office. This is a terrific book for anyone interested in international politics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean | 11/15/2013

    " Readable and engaging history of Vladimir Putin's rise to power, portraying him all his creepy and thuggish particulars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 10/20/2013

    " Really revealing and scary report on Putin's corrupt regime. So pervasive and far reaching I am almost afraid to post a negative review! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 7/7/2013

    " Solid, solid take-down and shine-light on Putin and his tundra-cold machinations. Clean and crackling prose. Damning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Motorcycle | 6/17/2013

    " So. Putin's a bad guy, according to Gessen. I guess I don't have a hard time believing that. Isn't it an old Russian saying, "Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keith | 6/8/2013

    " In this fearless, scrupulously reported, and engaging portrait of Post-Soviet Russia's transformation from fledgling democracy to authoritarian state to tyranny, Gessen distills her 20 years of experience as a journalist in Russia with a mixture of skepticism and hope for the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/20/2013

    " A must read for anyone who loves history and wants to see it play out in close to real time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nikolai | 6/18/2012

    " Not what I was expecting. Not nearly enough about how Putin came to power, and way too much about how Masha Gessen thinks he is the worst person of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 6/8/2012

    " I am terrified of Putin now. So happy to live in America! This author writes a chilling book that reads like a thriller. I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 5/14/2012

    " If all the info in this book is true then it is certainly very scary. "

About the Author

Masha Gessen is a Russian American journalist who is the author of several books, including the national bestseller The Man without a Face. Her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Newsweek, Slate, and many other publications, and has received numerous awards, most recently the 2013 Media for Liberty Award. She has served as the editor of several publications and as director of Radio Liberty’s Russia Service. She lives in Moscow.