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Putin's Russia: The Rise of a Dictator by Darryl Cunningham
Putin’s Russia: The Rise of a Dictator has become required reading as a highly accessible, thoroughly researched and chilling account of Putin’s intentions for
Russia and Ukraine.
Darryl Cunningham uses the spare and concise graphic illustration that he is known for to show how the West has been culpable in aiding Putin’s rise – and why Western governments and companies have turned a blind eye to the regime’s excessive brutality and corruption: accepting floods of Russian money while allowing businessmen and politicians to be bought, political parties to be corrupted, elections to
be interfered with, countries to be destabilised and invaded.
Author of more than six acclaimed graphic novels and well-known for his economical drawing and clear, explanatory narrative, Cunningham shows how the West and its leaders have been culpable in aiding Putin’s rise—Obama being a particular example.
Paperback. 160 pages
Publisher: Myriad (2021)
Size: 23cm x 16cm
‘A blistering broadside of a graphic biography.’ Publishers Weekly
‘An important book. Thoroughly researched and chilling…a necessary reminder of the kind of man the world is dealing with.’ Forbes
‘Illuminating and chilling.’ Washington Post
'Darryl Cunningham, for my money Britain’s finest non-fiction comics creator, returns, following up his previous, fascinating and insightful books such as Graphic Science and Billionaires, here turning his studied gaze upon the despotic Vladimir Putin. Our vibrant comics scene is all the richer for his work. Hugely recommended reading.'—Joe Gordon, Down the Tubes
Master manipulator or gangster? The malign thrust of Putin’s domestic and foreign policy is exposed in Cunningham’s latest page-turning biography including his early life, political career, the wars in Chechnya, Crimea and the Ukraine, the crackdown on human rights, Brexit, Trump—and the poisonings.
Areas covered include Brexit and Trump; the crackdown on human rights, especially on homosexuality in Russia; and the poisonings—among them, journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Russia, Alexander Litvinenko in London, Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.
By putting all these events into a timeline, Cunningham aims to show that Putin is opportunistic rather than the master manipulator people make him out to be: ‘He’s essentially a gangster and not a particularly smart one. We need to demythologise Putin if we are to beat him.’
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