In Putin's Footsteps

In Putin's Footsteps

Searching for the Soul of An Empire Across Russia's Eleven Time Zones

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"In Putin's Footsteps is Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler's unique combination of travelogue, current affairs, and history, showing how Russia's dimensions have shaped its identity and culture through the decades. With exclusive insider status as Nikita Khrushchev's great grand-daughter, and an ex-pat living and reporting on Russia and the Soviet Union since 1983, Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler offer a poignant exploration of the largest country on earth through their recreation of Vladimir Putin's fabled New Year's Eve speech planned across all eleven time zones. After taking over from Yeltsin in 1999, and then being elected president in a landslide, Putin traveled to almost two dozen countries and a quarter of Russia's eighty-nine regions to connect with ordinary Russians. His travels inspired the idea of a rousing New Year's Eve address delivered every hour at midnight throughout Russia's eleven time zones. The idea was beautiful, but quickly abandoned as an impossible feat. He correctly intuited, however, that the success of his presidency would rest on how the country's outback citizens viewed their place on the world stage. Today more than ever, Putin is even more determined to present Russia as a formidable nation. We need to understand why Russia has for centuries been an adversary of the West. Its size, nuclear arsenal, arms industry, and scientific community (including cyber-experts), guarantees its influence"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250163233
Branch Call Number: 947. 0862 KHR 2019-02
Characteristics: 308 pages : colour illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Tayler, Jeffrey - Author


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Apr 05, 2021

Putin's Russia is a mystery to many Americans, and this book helps to provide some insight. At the same time, though, there's a kind of meandering, vague approach that hurts the book. One feels that it could've benefited from a considerable amount of editing. Still, reading the travelogue of a Khrushchev moving across Russia assists in giving all sorts of nuance into where the country has been heading recently. Those interested in modern geopolitics will find much to appreciate in the book.

Feb 09, 2021

This is a political comment disguised as a travelogue.
The usual pointing fingers with western propaganda at Russia and Putin!
Get over it. The west and the US in particular have no moral ground to criticize any country.
The last few years have made that crystal clear and have dated this material.
Give it a pass.

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