New Book (1): We Need To Talk About Putin

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Is it money that drives him? Power? Ego? Spookness?

Thanks to the vagaries of different production schedules, I have three books coming out in February, so over the next week or so I’ll flag each one up. Given that yesterday I came home from a very picturesque and productive trip to Lithuania and Latvia (more on that later, too) to an advance copy of We Need To Talk About Putin, let me start with that. It is, I should stress, written for a lay audience (although I hope scholars and policy wonks will find it of use and interest, too), so don’t expect footnotes, and do expect anecdotes, some humour, and unapologetically opinionated takes on the key myths that too often seem to shape perceptions of Putin and thus modern Russia. Is it really all about the money? Can one understand him simply through the prism of his KGB experience? Is he really the devil-may-care risk-taker the bare-chested macho theatrics would suggest? How far is this really “Putin’s Russia”? All that, and more…

I had fun writing it, and I hope people have as much fun reading it, but also find it of value. It will be published in paperback and ebook formats by Ebury, an imprint of Penguin Random House:

Penguin site: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1117583/we-need-to-talk-about-putin/9781529103595.html

or:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Need-Talk-About-Putin/dp/1529103592 (Amazon.co.uk)

https://www.amazon.com/We-Need-Talk-About-Putin/dp/1529103592 (Amazon.com)

https://www.amazon.de/We-Need-Talk-About-Putin/dp/1529103592/ (Amazon.de)

 

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3 Comments

  1. Mark:

    Kudos for your efforts ! I don’t always agree with your academic perspectives but I CERTAINLY appreciate your effort to get to the bottom of things. All the best with your new books !

    Cheers !

    Robert Eckart

    On Fri, Jan 25, 2019, 3:58 AM In Moscow’s Shadows Mark Galeotti posted: ” Thanks to the vagaries of different production > schedules, I have three books coming out in February, so over the next week > or so I’ll flag each one up. Given that yesterday I came home from a very > picturesque and productive trip to Lithuania and Latvia ” >

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  2. William Nee

     /  January 28, 2019

    I look forward to reading it. Will there be an audiobook version?

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    • Mark Galeotti

       /  January 28, 2019

      I honestly don’t know – it depends if an audiobook publisher has or will pick up the rights

      Reply

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