由前《紐約時報》莫斯科分部主編Steven Lee Myers解析俄羅斯總統普丁的崛起，如何從默默無名的政客成為全球最具爭議及重要的領導人物。透過Steven Lee Myers長期觀察及分析，以精湛的文筆敘述普丁以冷靜、善於算計的思維及野心，奪得俄羅斯最高權力。全世界都開始發現俄羅斯不斷成為強權大國，而多數的原因來自普丁的決心及改革，普丁任職期間的主要改革，例如降低利潤稅稅率、制定新的土地財產權和法律條文，甚至以特務手段確保國家運作平穩。在改革期內，俄羅斯從過往貧窮及犯罪率高升的蘇聯，走向全新形象的新俄羅斯。也因為普丁強勢獨裁的作風，必須面臨反對派抵抗的聲浪及其他國家政權的孤立。透過本書全面理解普丁自冷戰以來的職政生涯，發現強人的崛起與力量。
An epic tale of Vladimir Putin's path to power, as he emerged from obscurity to become one of the world's most conflicted and important leaders. Former New York TimesMoscow Bureau Chief Steven Lee Myers has followed Putin since well before the recent events in the Ukraine, and gives us the fullest and most engaging account available of his rise to power. A gripping, page-turning narrative about Russian power and prestige, the book depicts a cool and calculating leader with enormous ambition and few scruples. As the world struggles to confront a newly assertive Russia, the importance of understanding Putin has never been greater.
Vladimir Putin rose out of Soviet deprivation to the pinnacle of influence in the new Russian nation. He came to office in 2000 as a reformer, cutting taxes and expanding property rights, bringing a measure of order and eventually prosperity to millions whose only experience of democracy in the early years following the Soviet collapse was instability, poverty and criminality. But soon Putin orchestrated the preservation of a new kind of authoritarianism, consolidating power, reasserting his country's might, brutally crushing revolts and swiftly dispatching dissenters, even as he retained the support of many.