- Hardcover: 230 pages
- Publisher: Brookings Institution Press; 2nd Print edition (September 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815726643
- ISBN-13: 978-0815726647
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
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Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine, and the New Cold War Hardcover – September 21, 2015
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Tweets, blogs and partisan cable blather are ill-suited to the serious business of analyzing the unraveling of U.S.-Russian relations. If, indeed, we are on the brink of a new cold war, how did we get there?
Vladimir Putin is not a nice man and the military takeover of Crimea was a brazen act of aggression; but Putin's actions in Ukraine did not happen in a vacuum. What's needed is context and a sure-footed navigator. Marvin Kalb is both the historian and journalist to guide us, and his brilliant new book, "Imperial Gamble," is the lucid, clear-eyed road map to explain the evolution from Peter the Great to Putin the Unpredictable.
Kalb's fluency in Russian language and his professional lifetime as a diplomatic correspondent have combined to produce a tough-minded analysis that gives equal weight to Russia's historic claims to Ukraine, and U.S. miscalculations in the wake of the Soviet Union's collapse.
Not even Marvin Kalb can explain how to get out of the Ukrainian quagmire, but he does one fine job of explaining how we got into it."
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Marvin Kalb demonstrates how much history matters in understanding what is happening in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Too much of the recent debate about Western policy betrays ignorance of the long history Ukraine has shared with Russia.
Graham Allison, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
At last, the book we’ve been waiting for. Marvin Kalb’s Imperial Gamble is a clear, authoritative, and unvarnished account of how and why the West and Putin came to a collision in Ukraine. A lot of books on foreign policy may be interesting, but Marvin Kalb’s Imperial Gamble is essential. Here’s hoping our policymakers read it.
Elizabeth Drew, journalist
Required reading for anybody who wants to understand a contest that will torment East-West relations for years to come. Keep it in hand as you listen to the excited chatter of the media.
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From the Back Cover
This sharp deterioration in East-West relations has raised basic questions about the policies of Vladimir Putin and the future of Russia. Is Putin's ultimate goal the dissolution NATO and the end of Western influence and power in Eastern Europe? Or does he simply want to retain Russian influence and power in Ukraine? Imperial Gamble takes a critical look at the recent political history of post-Soviet Russia and Ukraine and journeys deeper into the past to more fully explain the roots of Russian nationalism and the reason why the Russian people support Russia's controversial actions in Ukraine. Kalb argues that the only sensible resolution lies in both Russia and Ukraine recognizing that their futures are irrevocably linked by the geography, power, politics, and history.