In Putin's Footsteps by Nina Khrushcheva audiobook

In Putin's Footsteps: Searching for the Soul of an Empire Across Russia's Eleven Time Zones

By Nina Khrushcheva  and Jeffrey Tayler
Read by Kathleen Gati

Brilliance Audio
10.86 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9781721342570

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In Putin’s Footsteps is Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler’s unique combination of travelogue, current affairs, and history, showing how Russia’s dimensions have shaped its identity and culture through the decades. With exclusive insider status as Nikita Khrushchev’s great grand-daughter, and an ex-pat living and reporting on Russia and the Soviet Union since 1993, Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler offer a poignant exploration of the largest country on earth through their recreation of Vladimir Putin’s fabled New Year’s Eve speech planned across all eleven time zones. After taking over from Yeltsin in 1999, and then being elected president in a landslide, Putin traveled to almost two dozen countries and a quarter of Russia’s eighty-nine regions to connect with ordinary Russians. His travels inspired the idea of a rousing New Year’s Eve address delivered every hour at midnight throughout Russia’s eleven time zones. The idea was beautiful, but quickly abandoned as an impossible feat. He correctly intuited, however, that the success of his presidency would rest on how the country’s outback citizens viewed their place on the world stage. Today more than ever, Putin is even more determined to present Russia as a formidable nation. We need to understand why Russia has for centuries been an adversary of the West. Its size, nuclear arsenal, arms industry, and scientific community (including cyber-experts), guarantees its influence.

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Summary

Summary

In Putin’s Footsteps is Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler’s unique combination of travelogue, current affairs, and history, showing how Russia’s dimensions have shaped its identity and culture through the decades.

With exclusive insider status as Nikita Khrushchev’s great grand-daughter, and an ex-pat living and reporting on Russia and the Soviet Union since 1993, Nina Khrushcheva and Jeffrey Tayler offer a poignant exploration of the largest country on earth through their recreation of Vladimir Putin’s fabled New Year’s Eve speech planned across all eleven time zones.

After taking over from Yeltsin in 1999, and then being elected president in a landslide, Putin traveled to almost two dozen countries and a quarter of Russia’s eighty-nine regions to connect with ordinary Russians. His travels inspired the idea of a rousing New Year’s Eve address delivered every hour at midnight throughout Russia’s eleven time zones. The idea was beautiful, but quickly abandoned as an impossible feat. He correctly intuited, however, that the success of his presidency would rest on how the country’s outback citizens viewed their place on the world stage.

Today more than ever, Putin is even more determined to present Russia as a formidable nation. We need to understand why Russia has for centuries been an adversary of the West. Its size, nuclear arsenal, arms industry, and scientific community (including cyber-experts), guarantees its influence.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Kathleen Gati is a gifted narrator whose Russian enunciations flow through this fine work. This sprawling audiobook takes the listener across Russia’s 11 time zones, through its Eurasian cities and its vast landscapes. Consistently insightful about Putin’s autocracy, authors Nina Khrushcheva, the great-granddaughter of Nikita, and Jeffrey Tayler, a Moscow-based journalist, have created a model of travel literature. Gati delivers a work packed with anecdotes of Czarist and Byzantine history, as well as literary allusions, and ferret out the opinions of Russian journalists, artists, and politicians. Quotes from Pushkin, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, and lesser literary figures help guide the listener along. There are startling political insights as well: Monuments of Lenin from modest to gargantuan dot the country, but the restoration of Stalin’s reputation in Putin’s Russia is a sad surprise.” AudioFile
“This powerful chronicle will enlighten readers both curious and knowledgeable about contemporary Russia.” Booklist
“The authors ably capture the vastness of the cobbled-together nation…A breathtaking and occasionally exhausting journey, with candid accounts reported from each stop along the route.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Nina Khrushcheva

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 10.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English