The Strongman: Vladimir Putin and the struggle for Russia
I.B. Tauris, $39.95 hb, 338 pp
The Western stereotype of the Russian bear has been reborn over the past decade, and Vladimir Putin can take much of the credit. If Hollywood decides to make a movie of John Le Carré’s Smiley’s People, the Russian president, a German-speaking KGB officer, would make an excellent Carla, the master spy.