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What Zelensky has taken from his former TV career

29 October 2022

9:00 AM

29 October 2022

9:00 AM

The Fight for Our Lives: My Time With Zelensky, Ukraine’s Battle for Democracy and What it Means for the World Iuliia Mendel, translated by Madeline G. Levine

Atria/One Signal Publishers, pp.240, 20

Zelensky: A Biography Serhiy Rudenko, translated by Michael Naydan and Alla Parminova

Polity, pp.200, 20

Volodymyr Zelensky is one of the few leaders of modern times whose charisma, determination and sheer cojones can be said, without exaggeration, to have changed the course of history. In the first hours of the Russian invasion the US famously offered to evacuate him from Kyiv to a safer location, to which his response was (in spirit, if not in actual words): ‘I need ammo, not a ride.’

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