Key Insights From:
The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin
By Masha Gessen
- After almost a decade under President Boris Yeltsin’s leadership, Russia was hungry for a new head of state—anyone but the incumbent.
- Putin was an obscure bureaucrat who made a good impression with the right person.
- Putin was unknown and underqualified—but the most powerful people in Russia put him forward as the hoped-for successor.
- Riding waves of national unity against a common enemy, Putin won the nation by showing himself a resolute ruler ready to do what was necessary.
- There were signs of tyranny in Putin’s actions within days of his election in 2000.