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First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Written by
Nataliya Gevorkyan Nataliya Gevorkyan
Natalya Timakova Natalya Timakova

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Description: The product of six interviews conducted by Russian journalists (and translated into English by Catherine A. Fitzpatrick), First Person is a book-length Q&A session in which Russian president Vladimir Putin discusses his childhood, his life as a spy, and his surprisingly rapid rise as a politician in the 1990s. Parts of this unusual autobiography are plainly banal (he weighs 165 pounds and likes beer), but interspersed throughout are candid comments by one of the world's most powerful men. Putin admits that he didn't know much about Stalin's violent purges in the 1930s when he joined the KGB ("I was a pure and utterly su ... (more)
Manufacturer: PublicAffairs
Release date: 5 May 2000
ISBN-10 : 1586480189 | ISBN-13: 9781586480189
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