"Combining skilled story-telling, psychological examination, and political investigation, Steven Lee Myers succeeds brilliantly in this biography of Vladimir Putin. Explaining the dangers that Putin's Russia may and does pose, Myers effortlessly and expertly guides the reader through the complexities of the Russian Byzantine governing style and the country's politics and identity. In the end, the book provides one of the most comprehensive answers to a puzzling question: Despite all the changes that Russia has gone through during communism and post-communism, why is it still an empire of the tsar?" (Nina Khrushcheva)
"Such an understanding of Putin's early life and the evolution of his leadership is lacking. [Myers'] methodology is sound and, I believe, the only way to capture such an intimate understanding of Russia's iron man." (Ian Bremmer, author of
"Personalities determine history as much as geography, and there is no personality who has had such a pivotal effect on 21st century Europe as much as Vladimir Putin.
The New Tsar is a riveting, immensely detailed biography of Putin that explains in full-bodied, almost Shakespearean fashion why he acts the way he does." (Robert D. Kaplan)