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Lecture: “The Epic Tale of Putin’s Path to Power” by Steven Lee Myers
31-08-2016 at 16:00 - 17:30Free
Steven Lee Myers, writer of the best-seller “The New Tsar” will fly in from Washington, D.C to give a lecture on the rise and reign of Vladimir Putin. Myers has followed Putin from the start as a correspondent in Moscow for the New York Times and “The New Tsar” is considered the most complete biography about the Russian president so far. This book (22nd in NPR’s 2015’s Great Reads) is about Putins rise from abject poverty in Leningrad to his ascent through the ranks of the KGB, and his eventual consolidation of power in the Kremlin. Want to know more about his interesting path to power and why he wants to project strength at every turn? Visit this lecture at the SIB that is, as always, open and free for everybody!
This lecture is part of SIB’s Introduction Day 2. On this day, and after the lecture, all new SIB members will stay in KIWI and get acquitted with the SIB and each other. Interested in becoming a member? This day is the last opportunity to become a member for only 10 (!) euros for the first half year! If you become a member right before/after the lecture, you can of course stay for the rest of the day and meet the rest of the new members. Hope to see you there!
What other’s are saying about The New Tsar
Daniel Treisman, The Washington Post: “Steven Lee Myers’s The New Tsar is not the first biography of Putin, but it is the strongest to date. Judicious and comprehensive, it pulls back the veil… from one of the world’s most secretive leaders. What is most striking, given the aura of steely consistency that Putin cultivates, is how he has changed over the years…. The great strength of Myers’s book is the way it shows how chance events and Putin’s own degeneration gradually cleared the path to the Ukraine crisis… Putin emerges as neither a KGB automaton, nor the embodiment of Russian historical traditions, nor an innocent victim of Western provocations and NATO’s hubris, but rather as a flawed individual who made his own choices at crucial moments and thereby shaped history.”
Gal Beckerman, The New York Times Book Review: “What Steven Lee Myers gets so right in The New Tsar, his comprehensive new biography — the most informative and extensive so far in English — is that at bottom Putin simply feels that he’s the last one standing between order and chaos… What Myers offers is the portrait of a man swinging from crisis to crisis with one goal: projecting strength… A knowledgeable and thorough biography… Putin himself now represents the chaos he so abhors — the chaos that will surely come in his wake.”
Previous event with Steven Lee Meyers at De Balie, Amsterdam