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Who is Fiona Hill and why did Joe Biden give her such a glowing book blurb in 2012?

Up until now, I’d had a healthy respect for the books and academic work of Fiona Hill, the now-former White House Russia expert who testified in a closed-door hearing about her knowledge of Russia, Ukraine and Trump, apparently pretty negatively. I’ve read “Mr. Putin,” her most important book, and while I didn’t particularly agree with the sour picture she painted of Russia and President Vladimir Putin, she was pretty solid in her scholarship even if her assessments were exclusively negative. Now, it looks like she might just have a soft spot for Joe Biden, who wrote one of three blurbs for her 2012 book called “Mr. Putin,” co-written with Clifford G. Gaddy.

Here’s a picture from my copy of the book with my circled notations:

and here it is close up:

Photos by Monica Showalter

What leaps out is the contrived nature of that blurb. Authors often get prominent people to do their blurbs to ensure sales, and it’s pretty reasonable to see someone from the Financial Times and U.K.’s MI-6 chief doing such blurbs, given that Hill is a British native and those are foreign-policy oriented entities.

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