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War with Russia: An Urgent Warning from Senior Military Command Paperback – October 4, 2016
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"You fail to read this book at your peril."
―Admiral James G Stavridis, US Navy, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe.
"A good and authentic, if gloomy, read . . . reminiscent of Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October and the excellent The Third World War: August 1985 by General John Hackett."
―Ian Shields, CNN
"A rare work of fiction [that] warns of the rising risk of military conflict with Russia, and lays out a wholly plausible scenario by which it could happen quite soon . . . Shirreff's message is one that we ignore at our own peril."―Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg View
"Unsettling . . . [Shirreff] likens today's Mother Russia to Germany in the late 1930s, when it seized the Sudetenland in brazen contravention of established borders."
―Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek
"Will war come to Europe? In some important ways it already has--with the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of eastern Ukraine by Putin's Russia sending ominous signals that the use of military force may once again be possible in Europe. General Sir Richard Shirreff sends a much-needed, timely warning of what may befall us if we don't act swiftly to bolster our defenses and strengthen our Alliances. Our leaders must heed his message. Time is of the essence."―Ivo H. Daalder, Former US Ambassador to NATO and President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs
"A must read for anyone engaged in national security policy. Shirreff's warnings-veiled as fiction-ring with authenticity, rich in technical details and insight."―General Wesley K. Clark, US Army, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe
"as a predictor of what the near future might look like and how NATO and the individual countries within need to prepare themselves General Shirreff hits the bull's eye and hits it hard"―Major James King, Modern War Institute at West Point
About the Author
General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB, CBE is a senior British Army officer. From March 2011 to March 2014, he served as NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Educated at Oxford University, Shirreff rose quickly through the ranks of the British Army during the course of his 37-year career as an international leader and commander. He is a speaker, consultant, and advisor on issues of international politics and military strategy.
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Characters in the book are believable, and the reader can imagine the actual person the character is based on in real life. Putin, Clinton, Merkel, and Cameron (written pre-Theresa May) are all there. I have read other reviews that complain about the lack of relationships developing between the characters. Personally, I feel that this would have only taken away from the message that is the book. Having said that, the characters are well developed and each character has its "ghosts."
The book is a very good and fast read, hard to put down. The only reason I did not give the book five stars is the ending. The ending happens too perfectly and too fast - and a little far-fetched, leaving the reader a little puzzled. I won't describe it here to spoil the book for you, but what I will say is that I cannot imagine the Russians to be so vulnerable.
I recommend this book, especially to leaders if NATO countries. Consider it a warning.
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