Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Author of New Book on Putin Turns to YouTube

In light of the crisis in Georgia, world attention is once again focused on Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Few American journalists know more about Putin than Steve LeVine, chief foreign affairs writer for BusinessWeek and a former Soviet Union foreign correspondent. His recent book, Putin’s Labyrinth: Spies, Murder, and the Dark Heart of the New Russia takes a closer look at Russia’s infamous leader, and while it doesn’t excuse Putin’s methods, seeks to place them in context.

Hoping to capitalize on this renewed interest—and perhaps turn it into increased book sales—LeVine has launched a YouTube channel in which he shares his observations about Putin and the new Russia. From offering the reasons why he admires Putin, to considering whether Obama or McCain would be the best president to handle him (see below), LeVine provides us with thoughtful, well-researched, yet succinct insights into this most complex of political leaders.


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