St Martin's Press has acquired In Putin’s Footsteps by Jeffrey Tayler and Nina Khrushcheva.
Daniela Rapp bought world English rights to the travelogue of Russia from Sonia Land at Sheil land Associates.
In Putin’s Footsteps is described as a “highly unusual book” which covers the 11 time zones of Russia and how it impacts on the power of Putin.
The Sheil Land agency said: “The key to understanding Russia is in fathoming how the dimensions of the country have shaped its historical identity and current politics. Putin is not an aberration, but rather the product of Russia's historical legacy. Its size, plus of course its nuclear arsenal, arms industry, and scientific community, including cyber-experts, of course, means we can never ignore it, or, much as many may like, be free of its influence.”
Jeffrey Tayler and Nina Khrushcheva, granddaughter of Nikita Khrushev, will travel to a representative place in each of its eleven time zones, talking to people, seeing how the geopolitics of the location add to Russia's might, and also learning about people's lives.
A contributing editor at The Atlantic and the author of seven books, Tayler has lived in Moscow since 1993, is married to a Russian, and speaks Russian fluently. He has travelled the length and breadth of Russia and the former Soviet Union. His travelogue Facing the Congo was chosen as a 2000 New York Times Notable Book and as one of the Greatest Adventure Books by Men’s Journal in 2016.
Khrushcheva is professor of International Affairs in Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at New School University in New York. She is senior fellow of World Policy Institute and a contributing editor to Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the World.
The book will be published in 2018.