The Putin Interviews
Oliver Stone, Robert Scheer
- 288 Pages
- June 16, 2017
- ISBN: 9781510733435
- Imprint: Hot Books
WITH SUBSTANTIAL MATERIAL NOT INCLUDED IN THE DOCUMENTARY
Academy Award winner Oliver Stone was able to secure what journalists, news organizations, and even other world leaders have long coveted: extended, unprecedented access to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Putin Interviews are culled from more than a dozen interviews with Putin over a two-year span—never before has the Russian leader spoken in such depth or at such length with a Western interviewer. No topics are off limits in the interviews, which first occurred during Stone’s trips to meet with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow and most recently after the election of President Donald Trump.
Prodded by Stone, Putin discusses relations between the United States and Russia, allegations of interference in the US election, and Russia’s involvement with conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, and elsewhere across the globe. Putin speaks about his rise to power and details his relationships with Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush, Obama, and Trump. The exchanges are personal, provocative, and at times surreal. At one point, Stone asks, “Why did Russia hack the election?”; at another, Stone introduces him to Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove," which the two watch together.
Stone has interviewed controversial world leaders before, including Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, and Benjamin Netanyahu. But The Putin Interviews, in its unmediated access to one of the most enigmatic and powerful men in the world, can only be compared to the series of conversations between David Frost and Richard Nixon we now refer to as “The Nixon Interviews” of 1977.
The book will also contain references and sources that give readers a deeper understanding of the topics covered in the interviews and make for a more robust reading experience.
—Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies & Politics, New York University and Princeton University
“A historic and immensely important series of interviews…The central query in the Stone-Putin interviews is how matters [between the US and Russia] devolved to the current state of tension, and thus they are compelling as a key text for understanding this dangerous time…a point of suspicion and hostility not witnessed since the end of the Cold War…A rare candid glimpse into the mind of the powerful, both the ruler and the artist.” —From the Foreword by Robert Scheer, journalist and author of eight books, including They Know Everything About You
“Oliver Stone’s The Putin Interviews is a desperately-needed antidote to the anti-Russia hysteria gripping the US. When one takes the opportunity to spend time with Vladimir Putin through the interviews, one cannot help but see his humanity, intelligence, and complete lack of antipathy towards the US. Indeed, Putin constantly refers to the US as a ‘partner,’ and, in a humorous twist, frequently chides Stone for being too critical of the United States. After reading this book, one will wonder why we cannot view Russia in turn as a partner and a friend, especially at a time when our country is so in need of both.” —Daniel Kovalik, labor and human rights lawyer and the author of The Plot to Scapegoat Russia
Praise for Oliver Stone:
"An uncommonly eloquent and informed artist who doesn’t back down from his opinions."—Miami Herald
"Stone’s work…does succeed in reorienting our perspective."—New York Times
"[Oliver Stone has] seized the zeitgeist, drive then conversation, inspired controversy."—Variety
"Rabid gifts as a filmmaker."—Rolling Stone