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In Putin's Footsteps

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

Jeffrey Tayler Nina Khrushcheva



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St Martins Press (PANMAC)
19 February 2019
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.
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Imprint:   St Martins Press (PANMAC)
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 143mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   412g
ISBN:   9781250163233
ISBN 10:   1250163234
Pages:   320
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Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

NINA KHRUSHCHEVA is the author of Imagining Nabokov and The Lost Khrushchev, and a Professor of International Affairs at New School University. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times among others. A contributing editor at The Atlantic and a New York Times Notable author, JEFFREY TAYLER has reported on Russia and the former Soviet Union for Foreign Policy, Harper's Magazine, National Geographic, and more. He lives in Moscow.

Reviews for In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's Eleven Time Zones

An absorbing read which is also the most insightful book I have read about Putin's Russia. It is essential reading for anyone desiring to understand Russia and should be required for anyone presuming to comment on Russia today. --Jack F Matlock, Jr. U.S. Ambassador to the USSR, 1987-91; author of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended The most valuable service this book provides--apart from saving us some long and rough travel-- is to remind us that we really don't know the Russians, not because they're so mysterious or hostile, but because they themselves don't know who they are or where they're going--140,000,000 souls adrift in history. --Richard Lourie, acclaimed author of The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin andSakharov: A Biography In Putin's Footsteps reads like the Russian rivers depicted in its pages: deep, wide, and flowing ever onward. Not only do Khrushcheva and Tayler carry us across the vast expanse of Russia's eleven time zones, they do so with a depth of commentary, history and color that brings each place alive. --Lisa Dickey, author of Bears in the Streets

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