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Putin: Prisoner of Power

Written by: Misha Glenny
Length: 2 hrs and 45 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 out of 5 stars (256 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

On New Year’s Eve 1999, a young Vladimir Putin appeared on Russian TV screens — awkward, self-conscious... and the new President. Two decades later, Putin is still in power, standing self-assured and at ease on the world stage. How did a once little known KGB bureaucrat become one of the most dominant figures of twenty first century politics?

In this gripping narrative history, Misha Glenny, journalist and best-selling author of McMafia, tells the story of an unexpected and swift rise to power — one full of political intrigue, backroom deals, courtroom battles and war.

Insider Kremlin accounts and well-known journalists reveal how Putin was first chosen by Yeltsin and the Oligarchy and how he then went head to head with Russia’s richest man. After Putin had consolidated power he needed to stay in power. The second half of the series tells the story of how he took over the media, Crimea and increased the powers of the KGB. Finally, Misha considers what Putin might do next.

Produced by Dasha Lisitsina, Executive Producer Russell Finch.
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What the critics say

"A polished, rigorous and sober account." (Esquire)

"A vivid portrait of a gauche ex-KGB civil servant who was transformed into a feared autocrat and one of the most powerful men in the world." (Financial Times)

"Glenny is a serious man, and this is serious stuff, told well." (The Observer)

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Never thought I wanted to know

It was so interesting to listen to this background info on Putin. I suspected something is not clean, but to this extend was beyond my imagination. Really well done.

I doubt I would have ever taken the time to read on it.

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Meh

I am not a Putin supporter, yet I couldn't help thinking that I was listening to anti-Putin propaganda. I was hoping for a more detailed description of his policies. I heard nothing that I did not already know. If you have been reading the news regularly you can skip this one !

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Decent History

Could have been done on 4 episodes but still worth a listen. MSM approved. No peeks behind the wizards curtain.

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A good overview.

Informative and enjoyable except for the overuse of short musical interludes which just feel like a filler.

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Excellent podcast

Excellent concise history and a bit scary for future prospects, especially the Trump - Putin interactions.

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Good quick intro to Putin

This is a good short intro to how Putin came to power and a review of a few situations where he was able to flex his muscles and create change for Russia. Good for people who need to decide if they want to learn more about the man and his politics.

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Lots of information.

Definitely very biased, but lots of information nonetheless. Somewhat frightening if all the information is accurate.

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Loved it. Highly Recommend

I really enjoyed the way this is presented. I learned so much and it was entertaining as well.

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As close to objective as it gets

Mostly start to present. The author did a great job in stating the facts.
It's neither Left or Right leaning which is refreshing in this current era of professional opinions.
Audio was great.
Lets see more of this please!

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So interesting! Bad format

This is a great series. So interesting to learn more about Putin.

Only critique is that this is supposed to play like a podcast, but audible is not set up well for this and treats every episode as a book.

I was listening on my computer and an episode would just restart at the end instead of go to the next.