Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped

Winter Is Coming Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped The stunning story of Russia s slide back into a dictatorship and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen The ascension of Vladimir Putin a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB

  • Title: Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
  • Author: Garry Kasparov
  • ISBN: 9781782397878
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Paperback
  • The stunning story of Russia s slide back into a dictatorship and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen.The ascension of Vladimir Putin a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy Yet in the intervening years as America and the world s other leadingThe stunning story of Russia s slide back into a dictatorship and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen.The ascension of Vladimir Putin a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy Yet in the intervening years as America and the world s other leading powers have continued to appease him Putin has grown not only into a dictator but an international threat With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order.For Garry Kasparov, none of this is news He has been a vocal critic of Putin for over a decade, even leading the pro democracy opposition to him in the farcical 2008 presidential election Yet years of seeing his Cassandra like prophecies about Putin s intentions fulfilled have left Kasparov with a darker truth Putin s Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world.As Putin has grown ever powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring But now, after years of complacency and poor judgment, winter is once again upon us.Argued with the force of Kasparov s world class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is an existential danger hiding in plain sight.

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    • Explaining Why Vladimir Putin Is an Ever Present DangerIt would be easy to dismiss “Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped” as a polemical attack upon Vladimir Putin, but Garry Kasparov, with the assistance of Mig Greengard, has written a most thoughtful account on the history of Russian politics since the rapid decline and fall of the Soviet Union; a cautionary tale explaining how the democratic aspirations of the Russian people were derailed [...]


    • "Putin is a lost cause"G. Kasparov"Putin’s decision was a tactical masterstroke. Instead of keeping the presidency himself, he endorsed his first deputy prime minister, the young Dmitry Medvedev, who was generally seen as far more liberal and pro-Western than his boss". (from the book)"Putin is not an ideologue. He and his cronies accumulated tremendous wealth, and the threat of not being able to enjoy it freely in the West would have been a very serious threat. Unlike their Soviet predecessor [...]


    • Garry Kasparov is known to most Americans as a former World Chess Champion, one of the best of a long line of Russian chess grandmasters. However, even while he was still playing for the Soviet Union, he was often skating on thin ice, granting interviews to decadent American publications like Playboy in which he criticized the Soviet regime in ways that would have been unthinkable decades earlier.After retiring as a professional chess player, he became a human rights activist, campaigning for fr [...]


    • Unsurprisingly superficial. Chess players, sadly, rarely are able to orient adequately in life. This had been marvellously reflected in a well-known Nabokov's novel and this book is a testament to this. An ex-chess-champion who decided to become a yet another safe-proclaimed Cassandra of a better-than-though politician. Gosh! God knows there already are millions, if not billions, of those on this overpopulated globe and any other professional would be of immensely more use. The author's a vastly [...]


    • An interesting diatribe against Vladimir Putin by a credible source, but it's predominantly personal opinions and accusations not supported by much evidence other than that which the world sees week in, week out on the world news. I wish Kasparov had supported more of his accusations (e.g "with so many billionaire cronies, Putin must be the wealthiest of them all") with facts and hard evidence resulting from rigorous investigative journalism, such as was done by the author of "Cold Cash" about t [...]


    • An accusing account of Putin's rise to power, in all its gory and shady details. Kasparov might not be the most objective or sympathetic narrator, but this is a powerfully alarming book nevertheless.He is at his best when documenting the events dispassionately, or quoting other sources. I was a bit put off by the meandering and Kasparov-centered parts (throughout the book, he jumps all over the place, timeline-wise). The weakest parts are the personal opinions and speculations, some of which mig [...]


    • A must read for anyone interested in Russia and the current state of affairs there, Ukraine, and Georgia. Can't come away from the read without acknowledging that Putin has succeeded in a decade in extinguishing Russian democracy while the West has stood idly by and in some cases actively assisted. Hopefully this book will serve as a wake up call.


    • Зимата идва и ще става все по-студено, тоталитарно и войнствено: knigolandiafo/book-review/zГари Каспаров е достатъчно добре познат, за да преразказвам биографията му подробно, още повече че у нас е издадена книгата му “Животът като партия шах”. “Зимата идва. Защо Владимир Путин и враг [...]


    • I really loved this book and the author, chess-great, Garry Kasparov. Yet, I'm conflicted.I'd sat out the Putin-thing for some time, but have been meaning to getting around to reading something on "current events" in Russia in the last 20 years. My problem is that I like a bit of a remove from my current events. I wouldn't enjoy picking up the latest new book on some current event, because, frankly, I wouldn't know if the author was writing for political/ideological gain or for the sake of genui [...]


    • World chess champion Garry Kasparov has been much in the news lately because of the Russian hack into the 2016 election, but this book was published in 2015, which makes its warnings all the scarier. Chess master that he is, Garry Kasparov is good at predicting other people's next moves, so world leaders should heed his impassioned cry to curtail Putin with pressure and sanctions or whatever else is at their disposal. He calls them out for weakness in the past, focusing particularly on President [...]


    • Been playing chest for long time, I had always admired those like Bobby Fisher, Gary Kasparov. However, with all my respect towards Gary, I am not sure this should be published as a book, as it would fit a personal blog more. As an insider, Gary did have many insight view into Russia political scene. However, throughout the book, non references are given, and some controversial events like the shot down of MH17 was confirmed to be conducted by the rebel, which is the same strategy that he accuse [...]


    • Putin comes off as a very dangerous anti-modern automaton, power- and wealth-seeking until death. He pushes and probes and waits for our reaction. He usually gets no flak. This encourages him. Engagement is another word for appeasement. Putin and his ilk understand strength and weakness. He doesn’t respect us. He used to care what we thought but we have been so ineffectual with him for so long it’s getting to be almost too late. Winter is Coming. We had our chance at the fall of communism, e [...]


    • 30th book for 2017.I read this as a follow-up to the Malcom Nance's excellent book The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election in order to get a better understanding of Russian politics.Kasparov, as Russian ex-World chess champion, and as successor to Václav Havel as leader of the New York based Human Rights Foundation, is a privileged observer who offers an excellent account of the rise of Putin and the shameful failure of the West to stand [...]


    • Before starting this book, I read the incredible true story, Red Notice, by Bill Browder (5 star book!), which provided great background into Russia and Putin. It was good to have already read this one because Red Notice and Bill Browder's story were referred to several times in Winter Is Coming, so I was familiar with the references.Kasparov basically makes the case that Putin is an autocrat/dictator/mafioso, masquerading as a democrat (as in the leader of a democratic country), and must be sto [...]


    • Despite the less-than-great title this book is a good and courageous review of the contemporary history of Russian leadership, from Gorbachev to Yeltsin to Putin to Medvedev and back to Putin. It not only clarifies for readers in the west the sequence of events but it drives home some necessary and clear points: (a) Vladimir Putin is a bully, you cannot buy him off by giving him carrots. He will take the carrot and beat more people the next day. (b) By delaying action against Putin the west not [...]


    • This is a really excellent and important book, still important two years after publication and with a new president in office. Kasparov is intelligent, knowledgeable, thoughtful, has watched Russia's transition from communism to Putinism from the inside, and has been actively involved in pro-democracy, anti-Putin resistance for years. There's a lot to be learned here, and you're making a mistake if you don't read this book.But I have one criticism, and it's a big one.Kasparov's entirely natural [...]


    • Kasparov hates Putin. Kasparov is a man of ideals. Kasparov is a true defender of human rights and democracy. Kasparov thinks the western leaders are a bunch of selfish cowards. Kasparov is my man!In a very clear style he depicts the rise of Putin and the slow yet steady demolition of what little of democracy there ever was in post-soviet Russia. And he leaves no opportunity unused to point out where the West fucked up/failed. He delivers the criticism that is lacking in the bored, jaded West. H [...]


    • Just started this one. Winter has begun. Kasparov has been warning and warning and holy shit we're in Putinland now and it's not pretty. And this is pretty damn essential reading for anyone trying to get a bead on what the hell just happened to America.


    • This book is about an important topic, and makes a credible argument, but as a book, it's not particularly good -- essentially a long-form rant.The core message of the book is that the world (Russians, but especially the West, and especially George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and Tony Blair) dropped the ball with Russia in the 1990s, slamming shut the brief window of potential lasting Russian democracy and reform. Rather than doubling down on forcing reforms, the West essentially caved in to Russ [...]


    • I learned a few things, but this book is mostly about Kasparov himself and how brilliant he knows he is. Can't recommend it.


    • The weeds of evil could grow even on the rubble of the Berlin Wall.It is a paradoxical title. The text is actually trying to be optimistic about the possibility of solutions to the moral ambivalence of present day international politics. An optimism coming at a high personal price given the successive disappointments of the author with the ability of generations of world leaders to be unimpressed by the weeds of evil.I watched Adam Curtis' Bitter Lake while I was reading the book. His main premi [...]


    • Kasparov does a good job detailing the basis for his strongly-held animosity for Putin. Supported by what little news there is on the subject, I tend to agree with most of Kasparov's assertions. The downside of the book is that most all of the content is based on supposition which may be based in fact, but is not supported by referenced, verifiable fact. It's the nature of a smart, trained, and probably wholly ruthless former KGB officer turn president-for-life leader of a totalitarian regime. W [...]


    • Even if I agree with Kasparov, that the world needs a democratic Russia and this is not possible with Putin and after more than 15 years the window of opportunity is probably closed for some time, this book has a lot of superficial propaganda which does not help the cause at all.



    • very good overview of the history of Russia post Yeltsin. I learned a lot about the struggle for human rights and modernity in Russia too. very good read.


    • I had been building interest and commitment for starting in on some books about Putin and his rise to power in Russia. My interest was in filling the gaps in what I knew about his rise from Yeltsin's successor to a new tsar of sorts -- background to the current issues around Russian connections and elections. I had been leaning towards "Black Wind, White Snow" or "The Man Without a Face", but then I heard about Garry Kasparov's 2015 book.Kasparov had been the world chess champion for two decades [...]


    • I appreciated and learned a lot from what Kasparov had to say here. If you want a brief, readable catalogue of Putin's most egregious and amoral moments, this book will get you up to speed. Still, I think the book suffers as a whole from a lack of nuance. Edward Snowden's revelations about surveillance in the US are downplayed and those concerned about them are basically empathizing with a traitor due to their whininess. Yeltsin's corruption is largely forgiven and papered over, as is the hawkis [...]


    • This was both interesting and a bit frightening. I had listened to Garry Kasparov on a podcast and was intrigued by his experience and closer view of how Putin has been running Russia. It was fascinating and sad to see how things progressed in Russia, and also an example of what could go wrong here with Trump if our institutions are unable to uphold their checks and balances. So far we are proving to have a more resilient system than Russia's fledgling democracy in the 90s and early 2000s.I was [...]


    • I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's hard for me to comment on the book, since I just finished it and am a bit overwhelmed by the knowledge I have gained and the emotional places it took me (in a rather controlled way, about which I'm not sure how to feel either). All I can say to a prospective reader is: don't hesitate. Do not pass "go." Do not collect $200. Read this book now. It's worth your time, and you reading it could be worth the time of thousands or millions or billions of ot [...]


    • I started to read this book in order to get some insights in to how President Trump could be emulating the rise of Putin as the last president of the US. It got scarier as I realized that Trump's oligarchs (or in Putin's case the rich people that he colluded with to steal from the new Russian economic and political landscape in the early 2000's) were being installed in cabinet positions and were starting to dismantle many of those departments. I'm hoping that the length of the American democracy [...]


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