The Man Without a Face

The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Masha Gessen

Published: 3 January 2013
Paperback, B Format
129x198mm, 320 pages
ISBN: 9781847084231


When Vladimir Putin, an unimportant, low-level KGB operative, was rushed to power by a group of Oligarchs in 1999, he was a man without a history. Within a few brief years, Putin had dismantled Russia's media, wrested control and wealth from the country's burgeoning business class, and decimated the fragile mechanisms of democracy. Virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave.

Drawing on information and sources no other writer has tapped, Masha Gessen's fearless account charts Putin's rise from the boy who had scrapped his way through post-war Leningrad schoolyards, to the 'faceless' man who manoeuvred his way into absolute - and absolutely corrupt - power.

About the author

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Masha Gessen is a journalist who has written for the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. She is the author of several books, including Blood Matters: A Journey Along the Genetic Frontier and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. Her latest book is The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, published by Granta Books in 2017. More about the author

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