Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist and author, and editor of the Russian-language Snob magazine, aimed at Russians living abroad. She has contributed to Granta, Slate and the New Statesman, among other publications. She is the author of several previous books, most recently Perfect Rigour and Blood Matters. She lives in Moscow.
Promoted as the man to lead Russia's new democracy after the fall of the Soviet Union, former KGB agent Vladimir Putin initially brought hope to his people and the world at large. According to Gessen (Perfect Rigor), a journalist living in Russia, this hope was misplaced in a man who is little more than a greedy KGB thug. This narrative nonfiction title presents a courageous indictment of Putin's rise to power and his dismantling of Russia's fledgling democratic institutions. Through her probing investigation, Gessen reveals Putin's involvement in several assassinations of dissidents as well as incidents of governmental abuse of power. Justine Eyre's narration captures the Russian accents and adds drama to the story. VERDICT This book will appeal to listeners with an interest in Russia and current world affairs. [The Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA) hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.