We Need To Talk About Putin

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Money? Ego? Power? His KGB background? I grapple with what makes Russia’s master tick and the myths around him in my forthcoming book from Ebury Publishing, an imprint of Penguin Random House. With the imminent (21 February) launch of We Need To Talk About Putin, this page will be a place to consolidate news, reviews, launch events and information about foreign editions.

Oops

I don’t know how many times I read the text. I, the copy editor, and the two other readers who looked over it failed to pick up that, on p. 24, I mix up Macedonia and Montenegro. My apologies to both countries, and we’ll make sure this is fixed in reprints and the translations.

Official Pages

Penguin Random House UK

Reviews

In The Times, it is the ‘Book of the Week.’ Edward Lucas calls it “pithy,” sketching “a bleak, but convincing picture of the man in the Kremlin and the political system that he dominates” and “Galeotti writes convincingly about the fin-de-siècle atmosphere hanging over the Kremlin.”

Says Vin Arthey in The Scotsman“The Western media present an image of Vladimir Putin that makes him seem like a Bond villain, an evil genius who is playing with the fate of the world. In this dynamic, authoritative and often witty book, Mark Galeotti deftly defuses this myth.” He adds that it’s a “real page-turner.”

Launch Events

HowTo Academy, London, 18 February 2019

Interviews and Articles

Interviewed in The Observer on “on why the west misreads Putin, Trump’s election, the Skripals and why he loathes Game of Thrones,” I also note that we make the mistake of treating Putin too seriously, giving him a geopolitical weight he doesn’t deserve; indeed, we should sometimes laugh more than recoil in horror. This of course provides the headline “Mark Galeotti: ‘We should laugh at Russia more'” that Russian and Ukrainian sources pick up on, with various degree of wilful misunderstanding of my point…

Interviewed in Wiener Zeitungon Russian meddling, the mythology of Putin, and why Russian politics are actually more complex and varied, even in some limited ways more democratic than most people seem to assume.

Foreign Translations

Czech: Paseka

Dutch: Prometheus

Slovak: IKAR

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