Academy Award winner Oliver Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span—never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone’s trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump.
Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the United States and Russia, allegations of interference in the US election, and Russia’s involvement with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere across the globe. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. At one point, Stone asks, “Why did Russia hack the election?”; at another, Stone introduces him to Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War satire Dr. Strangelove, which the two watch together.
Stone has interviewed controversial world leaders before, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Benjamin Netanyahu. But The Putin Interviews, in its unmediated access to one of the most enigmatic and powerful men in the world, can only be compared to the series of conversations between David Frost and Richard Nixon we now refer to as “The Nixon Interviews” of 1977.
The book will also contain references and sources that give readers a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the interviews and make for a more robust reading experience.
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By mgn on 28-06-17
The best current affairs book I've read/listened to in a v long time. Fascinating sense of Putin,
his background and philosophy. Oliver Stone could have pushed back more on the oligarchy and corruption of state & individual but overall a fine program. Fascinating. Topical. Relevant.
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By Dr. Donald Miller on 15-07-17
Oliver Stone does an excellent job not only in the interviewing of a very powerful man, but he manages to give Putin a "down to earth"persona that allows the listener to become part of the conversation. Stone dissects all aspects of Putin without putting Putin on the defensive while he allows Putin to engage as a common man. One tends to forget that Putin wields power that is truly unimaginable. Another very clever aspect of the story is the interjection of verification of Putin's answers without annoying the listener. A very important book in understanding our advesary or ally. One decides after listening to the conversation between a brilliant filmmaker and biographer and Putin, the other powerful leader on the world stage.
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By Godson Ugochukwu on 13-08-18
A for Effort...but I nearly puked.
My first star always goes to effort. If a person conceives an idea and works to actualize it, they deserve that pat on the back, for “many’s the slip twixt the cup and the lip.”
Beyond that, this book is nothing but a propaganda medium for Mr. Putin. I do not regret buying it bc I’m interested in knowing how very consequential people like Mr. Putin view the world. The person I have issues with is Oliver Stone. If he set out to be a journalist, he failed woefully. If this interview were conducted by Mr. Putin’s protégés, it couldn’t have been more groveling and mollycoddling. It’s a study in journalistic infantilism. Mr. Stone hates his country. And went proselytizing with Mr. Putin. It’s a shameful case of “see? I’m an American and I hate my country. Be impressed!” And Mr. Putin, smart as hell, treated him with the condescending patience with which intelligence approaches boring servility. Buy the book to be entertained by how cunning and smart Mr. Putin is. But have a barf bag close by. Mr. Stone will many times drive you to the brink his questions and lapdog obsequiousness!
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