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Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped Paperback – November 8, 2016
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- Publisher : PublicAffairs; Reprint edition (November 8, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1610397193
- ISBN-13 : 978-1610397193
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #459,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whether or not he knew that to be foreshadowing for his later life remains to be questioned, but as Kasparov transitioned from chess grandmaster to political activist, one topic slowly formed at the forefront of his mind: the danger that Vladimir Putin poses to the world.
In WINTER IS COMING, Kasparov makes it clear that he has no political biases towards American partisans, letting loose with both barrels on both Republican and Democratic politicians, as well as offering sparing praise to both. The crux of his argument is that the United States and Europe should have pushed the pace, held the Soviet Communist Party accountable for the atrocities it committed, and integrated morality and human rights into their foreign policy platform.
In that regard, he is particularly scathing of President Barack Obama's treatment of Putin, attempting to work kindly with Putin up until the 2014 invasion of Crimea and Donbass, and even after that invasion, not going far enough to punish Putin for his actions.
But again, Kasparov is apolitical in those criticisms: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Condoleeza Rice all receive criticism from Kasparov for treating Putin with kid gloves and not realizing the threat that Putin poses to the world.
Kasparov also gives the reader a Russian's perspective as to what drives Putin. The best way I can describe Kasparov's take is that in some regards, Putin is a modern-day Hitler in that the lack of condemnation from Western democracies further emboldens him and drives him to expand his power, both domestically and abroad. In other regards, Putin is a Russian Don Corleone, using the powers of his office to benefit his oil oligarch friends and further increase all of their net worths.
In the end, Kasparov warns that until the Western democracies draw a line in the sand and hold Putin accountable through harsh sanctions and a willingness to intervene in areas such as Crimea, Donbass, and South Ossetia, Putin will continue to expand his sphere of influence, to the detriment of said Western democracies.
Witty, intellectual, and insightful, Kasparov's take on Putin is a solid read for anybody studying the Russian threat.
Mr. Kasparov makes the ardent point that the USA represents ideals as well as a particular group of people.
He believes that the USA betrayed its own moral high ground in dealing with and failing to deal with the threats from Russia.
The book is well written and contains equal measures of compelling logic and heartfelt rhetoric.
Mr. Kasparov is not just a master of chess, he is a convincing political analyst.
If you are interested in better understanding current day Russia and its political elites then this is a must read book.
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Very important book that should be required reading for all Western politicians and diplomats.