Vladimir Putin: Friend or Foe? (Nov. 6th)

Since Vladimir Putin took power in Russia over 17 years ago, the relationship between the United States and this formerly sworn enemy has been in a state of flux. George W. Bush and Putin seemed to have a working relationship. Barack Obama and Putin did not. Now, under President Trump, the relationship is uncertain.”

This lecture by Dr. Ben Whisenhunt will examine Putin’s background, style of rule and overall relationship with the United States. Dr. Whisenhunt is a history professor at the College of DuPage who received his PhD. from UIC.

Visit our first floor display featuring books about Vladimir Putin, his 17 year tenure in Russia, and the variety of ways he has interacted with U.S. Presidents. Please call the library if you would like to register for our discussion with Dr. Whisenhunt.

Putin – Richard Lourie
For reasons that are made clear in this book, Putin’s Russia will collapse just as Imperial Russia did in 1917 and as Soviet Russia did in 1991. The only questions are when, how violently, and with how much peril for the world.

The Man Without a Face – Masha Gessen
In 1999, the “Family” surrounding Boris Yeltsin went looking for a successor to the ailing and increasingly unpopular president. Vladimir Putin seemed the perfect choice: a “faceless” creature whom Yeltsin and his cronies could mold in their own image. Russia was determined to see in him the progressive leader of their dreams. Within a few brief years, virtually every obstacle to his unbridled control was removed and every opposing voice silenced, with political rivals and critics driven into exile or to the grave.

The Putin Interviews – Oliver Stone
Academy Award winner Oliver Stone interviews Vladimir Putin

Palace of Treason – Jason Matthews
Captain Dominika Egorova of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) has returned from the West to Moscow. She despises the men she serves, the oligarchs, and crooks, and thugs of Putin’s Russia. What no one knows is that Dominika is working for the CIA as Washington’s most sensitive penetration of SVR and the Kremlin.

Red to Black – Alex Dryden
A spy thriller that exposes the links between the old Russia of the Cold War and the new Russia of Vladimir Putin.

Putin Country – Anne Garrells
A portrait of the mid-size city of Chelyabinsk and how it is faring in the new Russia

Red Sparrow – Jason Matthews
Drafted against her will to serve the regime of Vladimir Putin as an intelligence seductress, Dominika Egorova engages in a charged effort of deception and tradecraft with first-tour CIA officer Nathaniel Nash before a forbidden attraction threatens their careers.

Orders to Kill – Amy Knight
In Russia, the 21st century belongs to Vladimir Putin. His political dominance has lasted two presidential terms, an appointment to prime minister, and a controversial election to a third presidential term. And like the violent tsars and Soviet revolutionaries who came before him, he maintains his grip on power through coercion and intimidation.

Red Notice – Bill Browder
A real-life political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his dangerous mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption

All the Kremlin’s Men – Mikhail Zygar
Charting the transformation of Vladimir Putin from a passionate fan of the West and a liberal reformer into a hurt and introverted outcast, All the Kremlin’s Men is a historical detective story, full of intrigue and conspiracy. This is the story of the political battles that have taken place in the court of Vladimir Putin since his rise to power, and a chronicle of friendship and hatred between the Russian leader and his foreign partners and opponents.

Putinism – Walter Laqueur
A timely, topical book grounding Russia’s recent turn towards conservatism in pre-1917 culture and explaining what this shift could mean for the rest of the world

The New Tsar: The Rise & Fall of Vladimir Putin – Steven Lee Myers
The epic tale of the rise to power of Russia’s current president–of his emergence from shrouded obscurity and deprivation to become one of the most consequential and complicated leaders in modern history.

-Claire

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