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

By Garry Kasparov, G K Kasparov
The stunning story of Russia s slide back into a dictatorshipand how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen.
The ascension of Vladimir Putina former lieutenant colonel of the KGBto the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong signal that the country was headed away from democracy. Yet in the intervening yearsas America and the world s other leading powers have continued to appease himPutin has grown not only into a dictator but an internationalthreat. 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 more 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 endpointonly 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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A compelling story of courage and civic-mindednessWith his wealth and status, [Kasparov] could easily have opted to live out life like a Russian oligarch, buying baubles and yachting from port to port. Instead, he plunged into politics, organizing coalitions to challenge the autocratic rule of Vladimir Putin, taking a leading role in public demonstrations and marches, and in 2007 running for president himself"Winter Is Coming" presents a picture of the internal forces propelling Russia s descent into aggressive authoritarianism. And it offers a scathing analysis of the contribution of the West to that outcome. "Wall Street Journal" Brave, trenchant and convincing... The book gallops through the collapse of the Soviet Union and the chaotic 1990s and then charges full tilt at Vladimir Putin: a former KGB man who is a far more dangerous adversary than most outsiders realise. His rise to power in 1999 should have been a deafening alarm call to the West: as shocking as an ex-Gestapo officer coming to power in Germany Western politicians who offer grand visions and bold leadership, such as Senator John McCain, don t get elected. Voters in democratic countries tend to prefer low key leaders and a quiet life to blood, sweat, toil and tears. How does one defend a free world that does not want to defend itself? Let us hope that Kasparov s book becomes a bestseller. "The Sunday Times (UK)" His prose, like his chess, is fast, ferocious and unforgiving vividly describes the growing authoritarianism of Mr. Putin s regime, culminating in the February murder of Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader The real power of Kasparov s book lies in his argument that the west must pursue a more assertive and moral foreign policy, something that has faded out of fashion. "Financial Times" Lively and readableThroughout "Winter Is Coming," Kasparov keeps the narration brisk and generously includes flashes of humorIf you know nothing about post-Soviet Russia, this is a good place to start. And if you re a longtime Russia watcher like me, you should read this book and steel yourself for the inevitable sadness and sense of loss as Kasparov details how quickly Russia s chance for democracy after the Cold War ended was snuffed out. Kasparov is a witty and engaging companion throughout the book. But make no mistakehe is walking with you through a cold, fading dusk that, in the end, promises only a long night of a Russian winter. "The Federalist" If you re looking for a way to understand what Putin is about, this book may be for you Kasparov has written a passionate, detailed warning to wake up the West. "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" An emotionally charged look at Russia since the fall of Communism centred on the rise and rule of Vladimir PutinA fascinating and thought-provoking book. "Irish Independent" It's always important to read Garry Kasparov, who warned the dangers of Putinism long before so many others. He is that rare thing: A Russian democrat who is realistic about his country, but remains hopeful for the future. Anne Applebaum, author of "Gulag" and "Iron Curtain," winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction Garry Kasparov has the information-processing capacity of a supercomputer and the eloquence of an extraordinary orator. It takes a mind and a heart like his to analyze the last 25 years of the history of Russia in the world and emerge with not only an indictment of Western complicity but a clear call for Western action. Required reading for anyone planning to run in, work on, or vote in the 2016 presidential campaign. Masha Gessen, author of "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin" and "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot" Garry Kasparov has written a passionate indictment both of Russia's kleptocracy and the complacency of Western democracies in the face of Putin. This threat has become our central foreign policy challenge, and Kasparov's arguments are essential in understanding how to face it. Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University As one of the most influential critics of Vladimir Putin's reign of terror, Garry Kasparov has become a champion for the causes of freedom, democracy and human rights in Russia and fights every day to provide a strong and powerful voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. United States Senator John McCain Garry Kasparov is a mastermind in chess and politics, and he understands the evil of the Putin regime better than anyone. This book is a clear and accurate observation of the mess we are in due to the West s inaction towards Putin, and a stark warning of what will happen if we fail to act in the future. It should be required reading for every head of state and their electorate. Bill Browder, author of "Red Notice""
Garry Kasparov has the information-processing capacity of a supercomputer and the eloquence of an extraordinary orator. It takes a mind and a heart like his to analyze the last 25 years of the history of Russia in the world and emerge with not only an indictment of Western complicity but a clear call for Western action. Required reading for anyone planning to run in, work on, or vote in the 2016 presidential campaign. Masha Gessen, author of "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin" and "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot" Garry Kasparov has written a passionate indictment both of Russia's kleptocracy and the complacency of Western democracies in the face of Putin. This threat has become our central foreign policy challenge, and Kasparov's arguments are essential in understanding how to face it. Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University As one of the most influential critics of Vladimir Putin's reign of terror, Garry Kasparov has become a champion for the causes of freedom, democracy and human rights in Russia and fights every day to provide a strong and powerful voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. United States Senator John McCain Garry Kasparov is a mastermind in chess and politics, and he understands the evil of the Putin regime better than anyone. This book is a clear and accurate observation of the mess we are in due to the West s inaction towards Putin, and a stark warning of what will happen if we fail to act in the future. It should be required reading for every head of state and their electorate. Bill Browder, author of "Red Notice" "



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Publish date 10/27/2015
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