Few comic-oriented works based on real people are usually really good, as they end up becoming much more biographies than really something to learn. But the graphic novel Accidental Tsar – The Life and Lies of Vladimir Putin, launched by Conrad is a great differentiator.

The story

In the Western collective imagination, Vladimir Putin is a Machiavellian cartoon villain, constantly scheming to annihilate his enemies across the globe. But how did a mediocre mid-level KGB officer become one of the most powerful leaders in Russian history?

And how far is Putin's macho persona a calculated act? In Accidental Czar, Andrew S. Weiss, former White House adviser on Russia, and Brian "Box" Brown show how Putin sold himself as a wily political genius - and how the rest of the world fell for the Kremlin's game in treating him. it as such. The duo debunks all these myths and reveals the man behind the facade.

More than a story, an account of our world

One of the major components of Accidental Tsar – The Life and Lies of Vladimir Putin maybe that's who wrote it. Andrew S. Weiss who has held numerous positions at the National Security Council, State Department and Pentagon in both Democratic and Republican terms, is practically an expert when it comes to Russia.

And by using all his experience in the area, the author offers us not only a 'biography' of Putin, but also about international relations and the stage in which we live. We have the habit of accepting everything presented to us by the news, and many times we don't really analyze the events.

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In this way, Weiss not only shows facts of Putin's life, but unmasks a presented version of a man of extreme intelligence and a 'born leader'. Putin is average, but a person who was in the right places to get to the Russian government.

But he's just as human as anyone else, only with a bunch of nasty flaws, including being obsessed with a certain country called Ukraine. Weiss demonstrates this through Putin's as-yet-untold story, from his childhood, his stint in the KGB, to his rise to power.

In addition, the author also takes to the stage other characters from the former Soviet Union and the USA, demonstrating how the world has changed and returned to what it was at the time of the Cold War and also introduce other current names in this story.

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Another formidable aspect was the choice of art very well done by Brian “Box” Brown. Its newspaper strip style serves very well the built context and facilitates the reading and understanding of what Weiss wants to bring to the reader.

Accidental Tsar – The Life and Lies of Vladimir Putin it is an excellent publication and with a unique quality made by Conrad. The Graphic Novel is undoubtedly a class for all those who like and want to understand the conflicts of yesterday and today, and especially how leaders come to power, or rather, Vladimir Putin.

About the Authores

Andrew S. Weiss is the James Family Chair holder and vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he oversees research on Russia and Eurasia. He has held numerous positions on the National Security Council, the State Department and the Pentagon in both Democratic and Republican terms. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs and other publications. He and his wife, Kate Julian, have two children.

Brian “Box” Brown is an Eisner Award-winning comic book artist and illustrator. He lives in Philadelphia and his comics have been published in the New York Times, and in Playboy and New York magazines. His works include the New York Times bestseller Andrew the Giant: Life and Legend; Tetris; Is This Guy for Real?; The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman; Cannabis: The Illegalization of Marijuana in the United States, and Child Star. His newspaper strip (& web strip) Legalization Nation is updated weekly.

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