WOW is what I thought as I finished this book, yes you need to invest some time into this book but the rewards are worth it. The story of Putin is the story of Russia trying to finds its place in the world after the collapse of the Soviet Union. From the promise and excitement of a new nation free from the collar of Communism to the same old story of greed, corruption, fear all fed by power and money.
The New Tsar delivers a very well researched and balanced look at the life and rise of Vladimir Putin. What I found so surprising was how this unassuming man came to power in the brutal world of Russian politics and has stayed in power. The book does have a lot of information to take in, but it is presented so well it is a pleasure to read.
Overall this is a very timely and informative read and gave me some new insights into some recent events. It also has the honor of being the first book in 2016 to keep me reading deep into the night. So do yourself a favor and put aside some time to give this book a read.