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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

by Garry Kasparov


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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 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 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 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610396202
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Garry Kasparov is a business speaker, global human rights activist, author, and former world chess champion. His keynote lectures and seminars on strategic thinking, achieving peak performance, and tech innovation have been acclaimed in dozens of countries. A frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, he is the author of two books, How Life Imitates Chess and Winter is Coming, each of which has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, working in cooperation with the Future of Humanity Institute. He lives in New York.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Prologue 1

1 The End of the Cold War and the Fall of the USSR 15

2 The Lost Decade 31

3 The Invisible Wars 42

4 Born in Blood 63

5 President for Life 83

6 The Search for Putin's Soul 102

7 Off the Board, Into the Fire 133

8 Operation Medvedev 166

9 The Audacity of False Hope 188

10 War and Appeasement 219

Conclusion 249

Acknowledgments 268

Notes 269

Index 277

About the Author 291

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