Vladimir Putin is the world's most dangerous man. He has the power to reduce the United States and Europe to ashes in a nuclear firestorm and has threatened to do so. He is wreaking havoc in Europe, threatening global peace and stability, and exposing his fellow citizens to devastating economic countermeasures. Yet many Russians continue to support him. This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the many facets of the man behind the mask that Putin wears on the world stage. Drawing on almost twohundred interviews conducted over eight years and on source material in more than a dozen languages, Putin will be the last word for years to come.