Steven Lee Myers, The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin (Simon & Schuster, UK Ltd, 2015), 533.

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The New Tsar: the Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin, is a comprehensive and informative biography of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. Steven Myers, the author of the book has served in Russia as a The New York Times correspondent for almost seven years and, provides an unparalleled look into Putin’s life. It is divided into five parts and recounts events like the September 11, Russia’s war in Georgia in 2008, the 2014 annexation of Crimea as well as the Ukraine conflict.

Myers provides an edifying insight into Vladimir Putin’s life. The book not only captures Putin’s rise in Russia but also his hardscrabble childhood, his education, youth and his service at the KGB. The book builds a historical picture of Putin’s slow and steady rise to power; it tells a tale of a man’s emergence in almost a Shakespearian fashion, from deprivation to one of the most influential leaders in modern times.

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