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The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp Hardcover – November 10, 2014

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"Fascinating, revealing and at times downright disturbing, The Colder War will grip you from first page to last and leave you with a better understanding of the forces shaping the geopolitical landscape for decades to come."
Grant Williams,
Managing Editor, Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

"The Colder War provides a reversing contrast from the hysterical 'Putin is Stalin, Jr., restart the Cold War' message emanating from the neocon think tanks and the mainstream media. Marin Katusa provides an objective examination of Putin's history and goals, and shows the real threat to the American people is not Putin but the U.S. Government's hyper-interventionist foreign policy, our destructive monetary policies, and government policies that inhibit the development of America's energy resources."
--Dr. Ron Paul, Former U.S. Congressman, Founder Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

"There are few more important questions to the future of Western economies than the fate of the petrodollar and direction of the energy trade. Marin Katusa's book tells the story of raging battles in the least covered and most misunderstood war of our time, a war that is already starting to redraw the world's map. Marin is an intense individual and has structured mining and energy deals the world over. This book offers a perspective from the trenches in the high stakes world of energy security."
--Ian Telfer, Chairman of Goldcorp and Director of Renaissance Oil Corp

"In this book, the difficult realities of The Colder War and the serious quest for energy security are set forth in a well written and thoughtful manner. The global race for security provided by civil nuclear energy is happening now and the western world may be in the process of losing. Marin Katusa's detailed account of the geopolitical race to control resources is an insightful page turner."
--Lady Barbara Judge, Chairman Emeritus, UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)

"Marin has written a fascinating page-turning history of energy and Russia with a dash of humor and style. I read it in one sitting and suggest you do the same. You will get a much different view than what you read in the main stream media."
--John Mauldin, Chairman, Mauldin Economics

“Katusa may not be painting a picture that we want to see but it is certainly worth taking a look” (Mortgage Strategy, March 2015)

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When Doug Casey, the founder of Casey Research, broached the idea of writing about my theories of the Colder War, I was reluctant. I'm much more of an investment analyst than a writer, and I've never felt a yearning to see my work sitting on a bookshelf. But Doug persisted, and when I took up his idea of writing the book, he responded with advice that helped make it what its first reviewer termed "such a good read."
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 10, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118799941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118799949
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone who has had his perceptions of Putin and Russia formed by the big players of cable and network news, this book has presented the antihero Putin in the same light as many blockbuster dramas such as The Sopranos, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. You can't help but root for the "bad guy". It portrays a man determined to rise to the top and firm his grip on the world of energy, which will in turn lead to his permanent position in history books and Wikipedia by describing what makes him tick.

It touches upon his struggles, his prudence, his savvy and his ascension to the ranks among the most powerful men in the world. How Putin did this through calculated tact and tenacity is well researched and explained in layman terms by Katusa for the astute and armchair observers among us. He delivers marvellous lines with plenty of explanation and substance thereafter like, "With Russia to the East and Africa to the South, the European Union will sit in an energy pincer that Putin can squeeze at any time for any reason."

The book goes on to detail the various energy sources that Russia, with Putin at the helm, aims to become the worldwide bellwether with. It is a thoroughly engaging and enjoyable read; one of those rare occurrences where history, geography finance and investment analysis intersect to deliver a real treat. It is very hard to put down.

Five full stars and I look forward to the continuation of the Colder War saga and Katusa's interpretation of developments as they unfold.
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This is a very valuable book in the sense that it looks at Putin and modern Russia not in the good/evil, black/white terms that our media and politicians try to shove down our throats, but in the pragmatic terms of a leader that has concrete aims and motivations that are influenced by his upbringing and his goals for his country not by the Hollywood caricature of a bloodthirsty, mad dictator. With US/Russian relations cooling down, you can expect to see more disinformation and shrill cries from the media outlets and politicians on both sides, this book helps you look beyond that to the true strategies and motivations of both US and Russian leadership.

Marin does an excellent job of describing the major players in the global energy trade and how national policy in many countries is influenced by energy. The book is very readable and presents information clearly. My only complaint is that he doesn't cite his sources for specific claims- there is a list of sources in the back of the book but it would be better if they were linked directly to the claims that he's making (some of which are pretty major).
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This book is a terrific source of useful information about the larger game being played by Vladimir Putin, without the cartoon character propaganda that most media outlets and the US State Department spew out on a regular basis. Sadly for America, it is also an object lesson as to what happens (and what is going to happen) when experienced and pragmatic leaders go head to head with naive idealists lacking experience in any field. While Obama and his minions look at "optics," Putin is looking at the global energy complex and creating a road map for Russian ascendancy at our expense. Mr. Katusa does an excellent job in detailing Putin's motives, tactics and strategy, along with the blatant ineptitude of the American reaction. This isn't going to be pretty.
From a technical standpoint, this book is very well written, concise and a real page turner.
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Great build up but falls apart at the end due largely to a glaring false premise. Don't buy, get a library copy if you're interested in the topic. There's lots of interesting historical information, especially on past events in the Middle East but I can't get into some of Katusa's claims and interpretations. But as I got into the final few chapters something about this book began to smell.

To see what was causing the stink turn to the end of the Index, three blank pages then there it is -- AND EXCLUSIVE OFFER TO SIGN UP FOR "THE COLDER WAR" NEWS LETTER -- YOU'LL SAVE 47% !!!!!

The basic premise is this: The U.S. is allowing China and Russia to manipulate the oil markets for the purpose of dethroning the U.S. dollar as the preferred currency of global exchange (i.e., the petro-dollar). This will set off a chain of events causing foreign holders of U.S. dollars to exchange them for something else. Those dollars will come back to the U.S., disrupt our economy sending it into a death spiral. Foreign governments and companies will also dump U.S. debt instruments such as treasuries and we'll no longer be able to fund our huge debt. The Fed will print more money and buy up the debt.

All this sounds reasonable and quite plausible were it not for one little detail: given what's going on in the world right now, where's the safe haven for foreign cash? The yen, the Euro, the Ruble, the Yuan? I think not! Apparently Mr. Katusa isn't aware of that house-of-cards known as the Chinese economy. Take a look at what's going on in China right now. These guys think they're going to be the Masters of the Universe? Yeah, right! And Russia isn't much better off. The U.S. dollar will be just fine unless WE destroy it all by ourselves.

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