By Mikhail Zygar
All the Kremlin's Men is a gripping narrative of an unintentional king and a courtroom uncontrolled. according to an exceptional sequence of interviews with Vladimir Putin's internal circle, this e-book offers a noticeably assorted view of energy and politics in Russia. similar to Putin as a strongman is dissolved. as a substitute is a weary figurehead buffeted--if now not controlled--by the boys who right away suggest and mislead him.
The neighborhood governors and bureaucratic leaders are immovable gadgets, way more robust of their fiefdoms than the president himself. So are the gatekeepers-those officers who protect 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 court docket, as enemies of the country are invented and wars began to justify own profits, inner rivalries, or one faction's biased advantage.
A bestseller in Russia, All the Kremlin's Men is a surprising revisionist portrait of the Putin period and a stunning 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