The Showman

The Inside Story of the Invasion That Shook the World and Made a Leader of Volodymyr Zelensky

Simon Shuster (author)



Explore President Zelensky’s journey from actor to wartime leader in ‘The Showman.’ This intimate, firsthand account of the Russian invasion of Ukraine reveals his strategic vision, leadership challenges, and resilience. Based on extensive reporting and interviews, it’s a profound study of a man reshaping history.

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Number of pages: 384

Published: 23 January 2024

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Discover an extraordinary tale of resilience, leadership, and the power of conviction in “The Showman,” a remarkable account of the first year of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as experienced by President Zelensky and his inner circle. This compelling narrative, heralded as a “front row seat to history” by Anne Applebaum and the “Zelensky book we’ve been waiting for” by Catherine Belton, offers an unparalleled insight into a world-changing event.

Key Features:

  • Inside Perspective: Written with unprecedented access, “The Showman” is the first intimate account of the Russian invasion from the perspective of President Zelensky and his team. It’s based on four years of meticulous reporting, extensive travels with President Zelensky to the front lines, and numerous candid interviews with key figures including his wife, friends, enemies, advisers, ministers, and military commanders.
  • Transformational Journey: Witness President Zelensky’s incredible evolution from a slapstick actor to a global symbol of resilience. The book explores his ability to unite the world’s democracies behind Ukraine, offering an intimate portrayal of his leadership and strategy against immense odds.
  • Clear-Eyed Analysis: The narrative is unflinching in its examination of Zelensky’s early failures as a peacemaker and his controversial decisions. It delves into the complex layers of a man determined to break a cycle of oppression, presenting a nuanced picture that goes beyond black-and-white portrayals.
  • Strategic Insight: Gain a unique perspective on Zelensky’s approach to the ongoing war, including his vision for its future and his adept handling of international relations to keep Western support firmly by his side.
  • Critical Acclaim: Celebrated by the Daily Telegraph for its elegance and chosen as a top read by Times, Guardian, and Independent, while also featuring as Waterstones’ January’s Best Books, “The Showman” is a journalistic masterpiece that illuminates the most defining conflict of our times.
  • Universal Appeal: More than just a war chronicle, this book is a study in leadership, human resolve, and the enduring spirit of a nation under siege. Its messages are timeless and resonate far beyond the immediate context of the Ukrainian struggle.

Why Read “The Showman”?

“The Showman” is not just a book about a war or a president; it’s a testament to the indomitable human spirit facing unprecedented challenges. It’s a vital read for anyone interested in contemporary history, political leadership, or the sheer power of resilience in the face of adversity. This book is a must-have for your collection, offering insights and lessons that transcend time and geography.

Additional information

Weight 640 g
Dimensions 24 × 15.9 × 3.8 cm