A Putin primer: Books can offer a sobering look into his mind and soul

My March 29, 2022 book culture column for the San Francisco Chronicle:

When it comes to geopolitical affairs, I readily admit my ignorance. At best, I attempt to keep up an awareness, especially when it comes to humanitarian crises around the globe. But my knowledge is shallow as a puddle. ¶ The tragedy unfolding in Ukraine, however, is a situation that demands more understanding. Several readers have asked me to suggest books that might enlighten them about the outrage taking place there.

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