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  • Published: 5 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529103595
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $22.99

We Need to Talk About Putin

Why the West gets him wrong, and how to get him right




An insider's account of the real Vladimir Putin by one of the world’s leading experts in Russian crime and politics.


A The Times best book of 2019

'In fewer than 150 pithy pages, Galeotti sketches a bleak, but convincing picture of the man in the Kremlin and the political system that he dominates' - The Times

Meet the world's most dangerous man. Or is he?

Who is the real Vladimir Putin? What does he want? And what will he do next?

Despite the millions of words written on Putin's Russia, the West still fails to truly understand one of the world's most powerful politicians, whose influence spans the globe and whose networks of power reach into the very heart of our daily lives.

In this essential primer, Professor Mark Galeotti uncovers the man behind the myth, addressing the key misperceptions of Putin and explaining how we can decipher his motivations and next moves. From Putin’s early life in the KGB and his real relationship with the USA to his vision for the future of Russia - and the world – Galeotti draws on new Russian sources and explosive unpublished accounts to give unparalleled insight into the man at the heart of global politics.

  • Pub date: 5 March 2019
  • ISBN: 9781529103595
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Mark Galeotti

Professor Mark Galeotti is one of the foremost Russia-watchers today, who travels there regularly to teach, lecture, talk to his contacts, and generally watch the unfolding story of the Putin era. Based in London, he is Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague, having previously headed its Centre for European Security, and was before then Professor of Global Affairs at NYU. A prolific author on Russia and security affairs, he frequently acts as consultant to various government, commercial and law-enforcement agencies.


Praise for We Need to Talk About Putin

“In fewer than 150 pithy pages, Galeotti sketches a bleak, but convincing picture of the man in the Kremlin and the political system that he dominates.”

The Times

“Dynamic, authoritative and often witty”

The Scotsman

“Fantastic.”

Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live

“Mark Galeotti, in We Need to Talk About Putin, has distilled a great deal of research and thought into a slim and engaging volume that reads like a primer for anyone poised to enter a negotiation with the Russian president.”

The Guardian


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