The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin

Steven Lee Myers

Overview: Myers has written a richly detailed, thorough, and balanced account of Vladimir Putin. This work demonstrates admirable judgement in controversial areas, disdaining the excessively conspiratorial accounts of his worst critics, but fully revealing his cold and callous nature, his distrust and intolerance for opposition. His chronological approach provides an engaging portrait of Putin’s psychological development, the social and historical forces that shaped his worldview, and the contingent character of events that initially propelled him into power. In an easy and accessible writing style, Myers paints a tapestry filled with vignettes of a rich array of personalities, which gives the reader many powerful lessons in leadership, success, and statecraft.