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The showman : inside the invasion that shook the world and made a leader of Volodymyr Zelensky / Simon Shuster.

Shuster, Simon, (author.).

A monumental account of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the forging of a leader, The Showman provides an insider’s perspective on the war reshaping our world, based on unprecedented access to Volodymyr Zelensky and the high command in Kyiv.  Time correspondent Simon Shuster chronicles the life and leadership of Volodymyr Zelensky from the dressing rooms of his variety shows to the muddy trenches of Ukraine’s war with Russia. Based on four years of reporting; extensive travels with President Zelensky to the front; and dozens of interviews with him, his wife, his friends and enemies, his advisers, ministers and military commanders, Shuster tells the intimate and revealing story of the president’s evolution from a slapstick actor to a symbol of resilience.  In their most candid accounts of the war so far, members of Zelensky’s inner circle show how the president’s character changed under the strains of leadership and the horrors he witnessed each day. His wife, First Lady Olena Zelenska, describes her escape from Kyiv with their children, her life on the run, and the tensions that emerged in her marriage as she struggled to return to a meaningful role in the administration. Ukraine’s top military commander, General Valery Zaluzhny, shares the untold story of his fraught relationship with the president and the subsequent consequences.  Reflecting on their own regrets and critical decisions, Zelensky and his senior aides open up about the causes of the Russian invasion and how it may have been avoided. They describe with astonishing frankness how their peace talks with Vladimir Putin fell apart and how their faith in the U.S. faltered, both under Donald Trump and Joe Biden.  The Showman provides the first inside account of Zelensky’s life amid the invasion, offering a clear-eyed view of his failures to prepare for it and his willingness to silence dissent under martial law. What emerges is a complex picture of a man struggling to break what he sees as a historical cycle of oppression that began generations before he was born. Even as the war drags on, Zelensky lays out his vision for its future course and, through his actions, demonstrates his strategy for countering the Russians and keeping the West on his side.  The Showman, as a work of eyewitness journalism, provides an essential perspective on the war defining our age, resulting in a riveting, vivid portrait of the invasion as experienced by its number one target and improbable hero. Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9780063307421
  • ISBN: 0063307421
  • Physical Description: xx, 363 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2024]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 325-352) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- Daybreak -- The target -- City of bandits -- Mr. Green -- Annexation -- Battle of Kyiv -- The bunker -- Blank slate -- The favorite -- Trust no one -- The churchyard -- Trojan horse -- The dark prince -- Welcome to Ragnarok -- Shoot to kill -- The blizzard -- Battle of the Donbas -- Aboveground -- Return to politics -- Independence Day -- Counterstrike -- Liberation -- Epilogue.
Subject: Zelensky, Volodymyr, 1978-
Presidents > Ukraine > Biography.
Ukraine > Politics and government > 2014-
Russian Invasion of Ukraine, 2022.
Ukraine > History > 2014-
Ukraine > Foreign relations > 2014-
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 1 of 2 copies available at Lehigh Valley Library System.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Allentown Public Library 947.7086 SHUS (Text) 34455007067420 New Adult Nonfiction Checked Out 02/28/2024
Bethlehem Main Library B ZELENSKY (Text) 33062009831273 New Adult Biography Available -

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