Russia and Putin

Noted Russia scholar Marshall Goldman discussed his bookPetrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia – on November 9, 2008 at the Plaza Branch. Learn more about Russia and Vladimir Putin in these books at the Library.

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Books by Marshall Goldman

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Petrostate: Putin, Power, and the New Russia
By Marshall I. Goldman
Based on extensive research, including several interviews with Vladimir Putin, this revealing book chronicles Russia's dramatic reemergence on the world stage, illuminating the key reason for its rebirth: the use of its ever-expanding energy wealth to reassert its traditional great power ambitions. In his deft, informative narrative, Marshall Goldman traces how this has come to be, and how Russia is using its oil-based power as a lever in world politics.

Lost Opportunity: Why Economic Reforms in Russia Have Not Worked
By Marshall I. Goldman
Published in 1994, Golman provides a picture of how Boris Yeltsin took on the task of reforming the Russian economy.

What Went Wrong With Perestroika
By Marshall I. Goldman
Originally published in 1991, this book examines Mikhail Gorbachev’s perestroika program and discusses the Soviet Union’s economic, political and social issues as well.

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Russian Foreign Relations

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Cold Peace: Russia's New Imperialism
By Janusz Bugajski
The Russian regime under President Vladimir Putin has embarked on a coherent long-term strategy to regain its influence over former satellites and to limit Western penetration in key parts of this region. Moscow is intent on steadily rebuilding Russia as a major power on the Eurasian stage and will use its neighbors as a springboard for expanding its dominance. In this first systematic analysis detailing Russia's post-Cold War imperialism, Bugajski challenges the contemporary equivalent of Cold War appeasement, which views Russia as a benign and pragmatic power that seeks cooperation and integration with the West.

Russia's Road to Deeper Democracy
By Tom Bjorkman
Russia has embarked on a slow but steady path of foreign policy alignment with the West. President Vladimir Putins market-oriented economic policies and structural reforms have added momentum. But in the long run, the decisive factor in Russias relationship with the West will be the nature of the political order it builds on the ruins of communism.

Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy Toward Russia After the Cold War
By James M. Goldgeier and Michael McFaul
This book traces the evolution of American foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, and later Russia, during the tumultuous and uncertain period following the end of the cold war. It examines how American policymakers, particularly in the executive branch, coped with the opportunities and challenges presented by the new Russia.

The New Russian Diplomacy
By Igor S. Ivanov
In this frank and engaging book, foreign minister Igor S. Ivanov describes the evolution of Russian foreign policy since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Drawing on Russias long diplomatic history, Ivanov analyzes the complex process through which a newly democratic Russia has redefined its foreign policy during a volatile transformation over the last decade.

Vladimir Putin

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Putin's Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia
By Steve LeVine
Acclaimed journalist LeVine provides a penetrating account of modern Russia under the repressive rule of an all-powerful autocrat. LeVine portrays the growth of a "culture of death" and documents the bloodshed that has stained Putin's two terms as president.

Putin's Russia: Life In A Failing Democracy
By Anna Politkovskaya
Anna Politkovskaya made her name with her fearless reporting on the war in Chechnya. Now she turns her steely gaze on the multiple threats to Russian stability, among them President Putin himself. Putin's Russia depicts a far-reaching state of decay. Politkovskaya describes an army in which soldiers die from malnutrition, parents must pay bribes to recover their dead sons' bodies, and conscripts are even hired out as slaves. She exposes rampant corruption in business, government, and the judiciary, where everything from store permits to bus routes to court appointments is for sale. And she offers a scathing condemnation of the ongoing war in Chechnya, where kidnappings, extrajudicial killings, rape, and torture are begetting terrorism rather than fighting it.

First Person: An Astonishingly Frank Self-Portrait by Russia's President
By Vladimir Putin, with Nataliya Gevorkyan, Natalya Timakova, and Andrei Kolesnikov
This book is an intimate, candid portrait of Vladimir Putin. A compilation of over 24 hours of in-depth interviews and remarkable photographs, it delves deep into Putin's KGB past and explores his meteoric rise to power.

Inside Putin's Russia
By Andrew Jack
Written by the Moscow Bureau Chief of the Financial Times, this is a full-length account of the rise of Vladimir Putin and of his initial four years as the leader of Russia.

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