• Title: De man zonder gezicht. De macht van Vladimir Poetin
  • Author: Masha Gessen Edwin Krijgsman Willem van Paassen
  • ISBN: 9789026325595
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • De man zonder gezicht De macht van Vladimir Poetin Als Vladimir Poetin in de zieke en impopulaire Boris Jeltsin opvolgt wordt de onbekende KGB agent die altijd in de schaduw stond en droomde van wereldmacht plotseling een publiek figuur Poetin k
    Als Vladimir Poetin in 1999 de zieke en impopulaire Boris Jeltsin opvolgt, wordt de onbekende KGB agent die altijd in de schaduw stond en droomde van wereldmacht plotseling een publiek figuur Poetin krijgt de controle over de media, rekent af met zijn politieke tegenstanders en ontmantelt het verkiezingssysteem.Masha Gessen is journalist in Moskou en ziet hoe het land inAls Vladimir Poetin in 1999 de zieke en impopulaire Boris Jeltsin opvolgt, wordt de onbekende KGB agent die altijd in de schaduw stond en droomde van wereldmacht plotseling een publiek figuur Poetin krijgt de controle over de media, rekent af met zijn politieke tegenstanders en ontmantelt het verkiezingssysteem.Masha Gessen is journalist in Moskou en ziet hoe het land in verval raakt onder het bewind van de machtsbeluste en kille Poetin Ze ervaart zijn macht in de vorm van doodsbedreigingen, haar eigen verbanning en mysterieuze verdwijningen van vrienden en collega s Ondanks de bedreigingen keert ze terug naar Moskou, spreekt met mensen die met niemand anders hebben durven spreken en laat zien hoe de ongenaakbare Poetin de machtigste man van Rusland werd.

    One Reply to “De man zonder gezicht. De macht van Vladimir Poetin”

    1. This should be more appropriately titled "Why you Should Hate Vladimir Putin." It is not really a biography on Putin, but rather feels more like a few long essays about random parts of Putin's life that have been laid out in chronological order with a bunch of horror stories sprinkled in. Often times large chunks of chapters aren't even about his life, but rather give background information on random people and their causes, which are then followed by how they were most certainly poisoned/shot/b [...]

    2. Vladimir Putin, the KGB, and the Restoration of Soviet RussiaEvery once in a while I’m shocked to learn anew that the American news media has missed the mark in its reporting of events around the world. Masha Gessen’s recent portrait of third-term Russian President Vladimir Putin, The Man Without a Face, is an excellent case in point.For example, one year ago, in December 2011, we learned about large demonstrations in Moscow protesting the obviously rigged outcome of the latest Russian elect [...]

    3. I hate books like this. I hate them with a passion. Books that mix speculation with facts are the worst, because you can't tell where one ends and the other begins.For this book to have any worth, you have to at least divide it into two parts: before Putin comes to power in the year 2000 and after. The first before part that discusses Vladimir's childhood, education and his KGB (later FSB) career is complete and utter trash. Those chapters have minimal factual basis or sources and are littered w [...]

    4. Based on who you ask, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, is either the Ultimate Badass who Single-Handedly Saved Russia or a crony-capitalist autocrat who is the 'Russian Mussolini'. So who is this Putin guy anyway?Gessen offers a round condemnation of Putin, stopping only from calling him an evil little tyrant (Although one of her interviewees does). She starts the biography with his early childhood (a schoolyard bully turned fervent club member) and early years in the KGB. He was a devoted, but rel [...]

    5. Masha Gessen does a marvelous job on her chronicle of Russian politics. The book is courageous, easy to read and well researched - for a book of this length. Gessen covers roughly the last 25 years of Russian politics. She shows how the attempt at democracy has failed, so far, and manages to place most of the blame on Putin. Her descriptions of Putin and his actions over the last 25 years will keep your eyes wide open far into the night. I am not sure that I would call his rise to power unlikely [...]

    6. I thought that this would be a portrait of the thug who rules Russia. Sadly, it was more about Masha Gessen than Vladimir Putin. Poorly written in tedious prose that has no spark and evokes little interest in the reader. It is also exceedingly self referential and the objectivity is suspect. Lots of speculation. I don't recommend it. Surely someone can do a better job of telling Putin's story within the context of the events that have shaken up the former Soviet Union.

    7. Masha Gessen is brave. As a dual American and Russian citizen she chose to live openly in Russia as a (married in the US) lesbian journalist investigating corruption from 1991 to 2013 . This book is a short introduction to the life and character of Russia’s current President, which is, essentially a book on how corruption got rooted in post-glasnost Russia with the rise of Vladimir Putin.Despite its sturdy infrastructure in Moscow, the American press let the country (and perhaps the world) dow [...]

    8. Some pretty scary stuff here! Fascinating stuff about the head of Russia. Sometimes it seems too crazy, as wild allegations (such as bombs killing Russian citizens set up by Russian security forces) can't be backed up by evidence. But other stories are, and are shocking enough. The author thinks that Putin is a small minded, incompetent KGB man, longing for Soviet greatness, and compulsively taking whatever he can, but surely he there has to be more to him than that. The characterizations of Put [...]

    9. This is a history, really, not an essay. But reporter Masha Gessen somehow manages to make a 3oo page recent-events history feel as streamlined and narrative as an essay, which is definitely no small thing. It's also a Vladimir Putin biography, which by definition must span the disintegration of the Soviet empire and the reformation of whatever it is we're calling modern Russia these days. With her reporter's sense of what matters, Gessen runs thru the dirty wars in Chechnya, the gross incompete [...]

    10. Gessen, a Russian journalist who saw the collapse of the Soviet Union, discusses how Vladimir Putin got to where he sits today. She covers the bombings Putin and his cronies at the FSB are suspected of organizing in 1999, providing plenty of circumstantial evidence to back up her claims, like the two conscripts who went into a warehouse full of bags marked "SUGAR" to get some sugar for their tea, and found that the bags actually contained RDX, the explosive used in several of the attacks. Gessen [...]

    11. Stalin 2 - the SequelI finished Masha Gessen's evisceration of Vladimir Putin's neo-Stalinist regime the day after Boris Berezovsky's death/murder suicide - how timely was that? Gessen is a Russian journalist who has charted events since the demise of the Soviet Union. She exposes Putin as a mafia boss leading a mob state, all corruption, illegal seizures of money and business, state ownership of media fake elections, and clear suppression of freedom - and that Stalinist standby - the political [...]

    12. Hands down the most important book I've read this year - pretty much everything in this book was new to me. I haven't studied Modern Russian history and am not a policy wonk but at the same time I don't live with my head in the sand. Still, the book was revelation after revelation. If you want to hear about what's been going on in Russia, particularly but not only with Putin, since the U.S. lost interest this is the book for you! If you just want to understand what's behind the jailing of Pussy [...]

    13. Interesting and quite disturbing. However there is too much background which is loosely connected to Putin himself. Furthermore, there are too many speculations and Gessen is too emotionally involved (it is obvious she despise Putin). So, if you’re looking to read a serious work with facts rather than personal emotions you should pass. Different reviews here on described this as a long newsletter article, a description that I absolutely agree with.

    14. Stunning, brilliant, compelling non-fiction! Gessen's biography/history/expose of Vladimir Putin reads like a spy novel and is just as addictive, but of course so much worse for being truth. How Putin still remains in power is a mystery. Gessen's book rivals Anna Funder's 'Stasiland' for compelling reading. Its only downfall is translation - it fails to read quite as beautifully as Funder's. But in every other way, Gessen is easily Funder's equal, both in journalism and bravery. A must-read for [...]

    15. ENOUGHDNF @ 59%. I read almost 200 pages of this book and I've learned NOTHING about Vladimir Putin. Masha Gessen has no analytical ability and mediocre writing skills only. Her bias is enormous and gets in the way of explaining events coherently and logically, because she seizes on flimsy "evidence" and concocts or accepts conspiracy theories to personally lay the blame on Putin for literally everything that is wrong with Russia, including affirming that he is the mastermind behind all of the t [...]

    16. I do not think I have read a more chilling account of a modern day political leader. It made for a wonderful distraction to the politics of the 2012 election season. And we think we have it bad.I'd like to see more people in the U.S. pick up this book, especially men and women of faith who could spend their efforts in a much more constructive way fighting for 'freedom of the press' in oppressive countries like Russia, rather than flaunting our freedom so carelessly with our unguarded tantrums fi [...]

    17. More than just a biography of Vladimir Putin, this book is a journalistic account of the pro-democracy movement in Russia, and not just today, but when communism first fell. I’ve been wanting to read a book on that subject for years, and I always thought I’d find it in a good biography of Mikhail Gorbachev, but it turns out that the real story lies in the protests by every day folk on the street. Gorbachev never intended to topple the Soviet Union. He opened the door a crack, but it was the [...]

    18. I was pretty excited to read this book. Then I started reading it. This is one of the driest books I have ever read. I could not even finish it, and I almost always push through a book, hoping it will get better. I didn't have hope for this book. Masha Gessen is a little too biased for my taste. I wanted an objective rundown of who Vladimir Putin is and how he rose to presidency. That brings me to another point. A lot of this isn't even about Vladimir Putin directly. This book is more about the [...]

    19. The writing included a little too much personal opinion for my taste. While I find Russian history fascinating, by almost halfway I hadn't really learned much about Putin yet. I got the feeling that the entire book is supposition. There are facts but how they pertain to Putin is entirely opinion. It reads like a blog, a well done one, but still one persons opinion on how things were/are. Well educated guesses but still guesses. Some of it can come across as a bit conspiracy theory. And the concl [...]

    20. I got about halfway through this book and could no longer read it. I just don't like the way Masha Gessen writes. I have attempted to read some of her other books and it's always the same problem. She's more of a journalist than an author and so the writing is factual with no essence.

    21. There are probably a lot of people in the West who think that Russia, having lost in the Cold War, and having ceded it's title of a super power, is no longer worth caring about. They can't be more wrong: Russia remains the largest country in the world, the richest in mineral resources, a nuclear power and a country who takes active - and aggressive - stance against its neighbors and towards world politics in general. All the more reasons to keep close attention to it - and, it being a country le [...]

    22. "Once a spy, always a spy." You could read this and definitely come away with the impression that Putin is not a very nice person. What surprised me is his pettiness. I was hoping for a pardon for Pussy Riot, but after reading this book, I knew they didn't stand a chance. A magnanimous gesture seems beyond Putin, even one that would make him look good.Sept. 13, 2000 Duma session: 'The speaker had interrupted the session by saying, “We have just received news that a residential building in Volg [...]

    23. This book was the kind of book that I didn't want to put down, but also couldn't read much of at one time. There was just a lot of information that I needed time to be process. There was a lot of talk of vile things like torture, war, murder, etc which was uncomfortable to read unless I took breaks between sections of the story.Another slight issue is that the book was dry, but I wasn't reading it because I wanted to read a good story. I was reading it for the information and insight that it cou [...]

    24. About what I expected from the prospective of a liberal journalist now living in self exile. It's a real page turner, but the sceptic in me is dying to fact check and cross reference Gessen's sources. Putin comes out as the unambiguous bogeyman, and maybe that's fair, but I'm still left wanting for a nuanced biography of the man himself. Also, the book stops around the turn of 2012, a low point in Putin's popularity, which I believe relieved Gessen from the task of explaining or addressing his s [...]

    25. Not objective enough. Not comprehensive enough. She missed the mark . I was looking for an understanding of Putin as a man and his politics as this title suggests. She spends most of the book demonizing him, sometimes with little evidence. I lost count of the number of times Putin is called a thug. Okay , he is a thug, why does that work? Nevertheless , a good introduction to Putin's politics. Looking for a better book.

    26. NYR 26 april 2012 by Anne ApplebaumI hope the bio [below] is outdated and that Gessen has moved back to the US - don't think her life is very safe in russia after this book.Quotes from the Review: Andropov [head of KGB 1967-1982] understood very precisely the danger that ‘democrats’ and other free-thinking intellectuals posed to totalitarian regimes. He spent much of his KGB career stamping out dissident movements, locking people in prison, expelling them from the USSR, and sending them to [...]

    27. I grew up knowing Vladimir Putin as the Russian president, but nothing beyond that. I began hearing his name more frequently in the last few years, mostly in a sarcastic manner that he was basically the Russian Chuck Norris. Earlier this year, when Putin won what was widely considered to be a rigged election, I tentatively started paying attention to what was happening in the country. The Man Without a Face was published before the 2012 Russian elections were decided. It was also written before [...]

    28. Masha Gessen’s book is completely biased against Putin but she clearly outlines her reasoning behind her conclusions and backs them up with evidence when possible, though solid evidence often seems hard to come in her circumstances. While it would be wise to view her accusations against Putin’s regime (including using the FSB orchestrate the apartment bombings that led to the Second Chechen war as well as the Moscow theatre siege), it is also a fascinating tale of criminal shenanigans that o [...]

    29. From Putin's earliest beginnings until his reelection in 2011, this book covers his childhood up to his leadership and reelection in Russia and many controversial points in between. It paints a very grim picture of the country and Putin's practices, mostly told from the original sources (or their relatives since quite a few have met untimely ends). Definitely a must read as Russia and Putin become even more spotlighted on the global stage with their actions in Ukraine, Crimea, and currently glob [...]

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