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The Code of Putinism (Digital Audiobook)

By Brian D. Taylor, Mike Chamberlain (Narrator)

Publication Date: September 27, 2018

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/5/2018)
Compact Disc (9/28/2018)
MP3 CD (9/28/2018)
Hardcover (7/5/2018)
MP3 CD (9/28/2018)
Compact Disc (9/28/2018)


What is Vladimir Putin up to? This book shows how the mentality of Putin and his team—the code of Putinism—has shaped Russian politics over the past two decades. It explains not only the thoughts and ideas that motivate Putin's decisions, but also the set of emotions and habits that influence how Putin and his close allies view the world.

Taylor draws on a large number of interviews, the speeches of Putin and other top officials, and the Russian media to analyze the mentality of Team Putin. Key features of Russian politics today—such as authoritarianism, Putin's reliance on a small group of loyal friends and associates, state domination of the economy, and an assertive foreign policy—are traced to the code of Putinism. Key ideas of the code include conservatism, anti-Americanism, and the importance of a state that is powerful both at home and abroad. Dominant habits of Putin and his associates include control, order, and loyalty. Important feelings driving Russia's rulers include the need for respect, resentment about lost status and mistreatment by the West, and vulnerability.

While some observers portray Putin as either a cold-blooded pragmatist or a strident Russian nationalist, Taylor provides a more nuanced and compelling interpretation of Putin's motives and actions.

About the Author

Mike Chamberlain is an actor and voice-over performer, as well as an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator. Along with animation and video game characters, Mike performs narration and voices promos for television. He lives with his wife and daughter in Southern California.