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Winter Is Coming
Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped | Garry Kasparov
The ascension of Vladimir Putin--a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB--to the presidency of Russia in 1999 should have been a 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 a global threat. With his vast resources and nuclear weapons, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty. 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 the realization of a darker truth: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world. He is still fighting the Cold War, even as Americans have first moved beyond it, and over time, forgotten its lessons. Lest we be drawn into another prolonged conflict, Kasparov now urges a forceful stand--diplomatic and economic--against him. For as long as the world's powerful democracies continue to recognize and negotiate with Putin, he can maintain credibility in his home country. He faces few strong enemies within his country, so meaningful opposition must come from abroad. Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country, Winter is Coming is an unmistakable call to action against a threat we've ignored for too long.
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Simona
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I agree with Kasparov - Putin is dictator, threat to Russian and the world, I support and admire Kasparov‘s fight for democracy ... but this book is just spilling hatred that he feels towards Putin. I could be okay with that, he hate him with reason, but unfortunately I can‘t overlook how uncritical and forgetful is he, especially to the Yeltsin. This book was for me disappointment, between so-so and pan. If you are looking for book about ... 👇

Simona ... current Russian politics/Putin with thoughtful, analytical content, this book is not for you. #nFnov 2w
BarbaraBB Yeltsin as a role model? Weird 😊 2w
Simona @BarbaraBB Kasparov‘s world is black or white and so are people mentioned in this book ... with one exception - Yeltsin. He is for some reasons in gray area. I wouldn‘t say ‘role model‘, but he is depicted way more softer than the rest mentioned in the book. Kasparov some how forgot Yeltsin roll in Chechnya, his connection with Miloševič, oligarchy started blooming under Yeltsin, Putin was handpicked by Yeltsin ... 2w
BarbaraBB Exactly. I think he was internationally received as a hero because he was the first president of Russia but a lot went wrong. He was no leader at all. Not as scary as Putin though 2w
Clwojick 6pt 2w
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Simona
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It was good reading week, I finished all 5 books from last #WeeklyForecast and I liked all of them.
My reading plans for this week: The Winter is Coming, Unthinkable, My Planet are for #NfNov
Minaret and Oreo are my last two books for #ReadingWomenChallenge

Cinfhen I‘ve been curious about Oreo for so long!! I‘ll be watching for your review 3w
kspenmoll Nice reading!!! 3w
rsteve388 1 pt 3w
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Simona
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I just signed up for #NfNov #NonfictionNovember and here it is - my pile of possibilities + some audiobooks.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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@BarbaraTheBibliophage I started following Kasparov on Twitter since we are planning on reading his book in November. It‘s been an interesting feed so far...

#NFBuddyRead
Winter Is Coming

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great Idea!! 1mo
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Melwilk
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It is clear from reading this book that Kasparov is no fan of Vladimir Putin and that he longs for freedom for his homeland. The book is a rebuke to leaders of the West for consistently capitulating to Putin and giving him the upper hand. Kasparov spreads his criticism to many countries and to both GW Bush and Obama. He warns that expecting Putin to play by Western rules is playing right into his hands. (Continued in comments)

Melwilk I believe his warning was correct considering Putin‘s brazen interference in the US elections. I can only imagine his frustration now that the US has a president who is tied financially to Russia and who appears to be on very friendly terms with Putin. 1y
Twocougs He‘s an interesting author! 1y
rjsthumbelina This sounds interesting! I am currently listening to the tagged book, also about Putin. Talks a lot so far about how the "Russian Reset" under the Obama administration was an utter failure 1y
Melwilk @Twocougs I agree. I didn‘t really know he was an author until I saw this book. 1y
Melwilk @rjsthumbelina That book does sound interesting and similar. The “Russian Reset” is discussed as a total failure in this book too. 1y
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SnowEcho
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This book shows how Russia now will not just impact your now but also your future. Along with Bill Browder's Red Notice this is reading that should be completed by those of us concerned. References to chess were appreciated. Kasparov doesn't mince words and critiques each world leader on the basis of his/her actions, no holding back. a very human rights focused read that highlights how much is at stake - our very American (aka "free") way of life.

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Laura317
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Excellent look at Putin's rise in Russia. Kasparov pulls no punches in pointing fingers at the West, especially the US, in failing to recognize that Putin is a dictator. While the book is a couple of years old, I can easily see how much bolder Putin has gotten. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Laura317
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Kasparov also mentions that education opens doors to not only the world, but one's mind. #truth

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Laura317
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If we don't stand for freedom, we will lose it.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That's extra frightening at the moment isn't it. 2y
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Laura317
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The author leaves no doubt on how he feels about President Obama's foreign policy. So far, it seems that only President Reagan got things right in his eyes. I do think, though, that it's easier to find fault after the fact than while in the middle of a crises.

Bostonmomx2 I LOVE those last 2 statements. Taking a seriously hard ass stance is very unpopular with one side but sometimes it HAS to be done. Especially if we want our country strong and safe! 2y
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Laura317
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Wow. This is unbelievable! And we are still playing nice with Putin. Smh.

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Laura317
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It's not just liberals who are guilty of this. Conservatives are just as guilty!

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Laura317
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Wow. #Truth

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Laura317
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And the the book also includes George W. Bush as a leader welcoming Putin. If this book had been written a little later, I believe Donald Trump would also be in that list. I'm only 7% in, and I'm horrified.

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Laura317
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Starting this today. I feel like some have vastly underestimated what Putin can and has done. He concerns me greatly.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It's on my to-read list too! Can't wait to see what you think! 2y
Laura317 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I can tell you that, so far, it is very good! I'll post a quote here and there. I can't wait for you to read it. You always have the best observations of non-fiction! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 Thank you, I know I've enjoyed some of our conversations! I'm glad my odd side thoughts make sense, and that I found Litsy to talk about them with other people. 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Dang you Amazon! Another one on my to-read list is on sale today. Yay it's on sale, Boo you are killing my budget!! But you know I'll spend it, especially considering the current Russian news stories, every day lately.

Laura317 I am blaming you for my credit card bill. 😂😂😂 Actually, this was in my tbr already. I can't wait to see what you think. Putin is scary. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 Yes he is, and growing up in the 80's when it was the "Evil Empire" & the enemy in every movie, it blows my mind to see how many people are expressing lots of love/goodwill for close relations with Russia. I would have thought that no matter what party all Americans would be aghast that they even might have interfered in any way, small or large, in our politics. Sorry for the credit card bill... I usually just add all mine to my... 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 ...virtual TBR list on Goodreads, and then I keep my eyes open if show up at the library or on an Amazon sale list. Although I do cave and buy a few at full price too. Lately so many have been on Amazon sale, that's starting to add up to a big chunk of change too. 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Laura317 I have The Man Without A Face on hold at the library, I've been on the list for awhile and there are still a ton of people ahead of me....so it's obviously a popular title at the moment. 3y
DGRachel I grabbbed this one on sale since you posted it. It was on my TBR, too, but can't resist the sale. I completely agree about not understanding how people can be anything other than horrified by the potential Russian interference in our government. I was born in 1975, so maybe I remember enough of the Cold War to still consider Russia the enemy. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DGRachel Same here, born in 1973! But strangely it's not the young ones who seem cool with Russia, it's those older than me... who had the space race and the Cuban Missile Crisis in their childhood. We must have just been born in the right period where all that Stop, Drop, and Cover was still in schools, my school had a bomb shelter in it, and Red Dawn (the original movie) scared us like crazy. Plus of course Reagan was President, there ... 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ...was still an East Berlin and East Germany. The Berlin Wall fell when I was in a High School and the soviet block countries not long after. So to me, and maybe our generation....as soon as Russia starting pushing into the thawing arctic & planting flags, then "annexed" Crimea, my personal radar went on alert, fiddling in our election and trying in France's, all had me very worried. Talks about not supporting NATO now, very scary. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DGRachel I remember even thinking when we retired all our space shuttles, and were going to rely on Russia to get to the International Space Station, even thinking then...this is a mistake, and those that fought the space race would be livid. 3y
DGRachel My mom lived through the Cuban missile crisis and is just as upset about the Russian meddling as I am, but I do find it fascinating that older generations aren't as concerned. Are they the ones who are blindly supporting Trump, or is there something else at play? 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DGRachel I wish I knew, I just don't understand it. My mom is with us too, but my dad is a Huge Trump supported....he's a great self made businessman you know (not really), but yes....I definitely believe the fake planted news has effected his outlook on the world, the stories he posts on FB from sources I've never heard of are crazy, but yet it's the main stream credentialed journalist who are the fake news spreaders. So that part about.... 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DGRachel ... Russian influence I totally get. But I'm starting to wonder if the influencing the election ran even deeper and longer than we realize yet. Because my dad was always a conservative Republican, but the party he's with now doesn't even believe those things anymore.....Reagan Republicans where very strong on Russia, I remember when they were the strong party on International Relations, and the Dems were weak there.... but that seems 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa ....To have totally flipped on its head, because the foreign policy now seems very off to me. And I honestly still think there was some strong racist undercurrents there, My dad still buys all the birther nonsense because he saw a video by 1 expert saying his birth certificate was a fake on some kooky website....it's almost like all those "I'm not really racist" people fell for those fake stories very easily and then kept following those outlets. 3y
Laura317 @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @DGRachel I was born in 1964. I can remember how Russia was (still is to me) the evil empire. Not the people, but the leaders. Ignoring Russia's influence in our election process makes absolutely no sense. Rant over. Now I have yet ANOTHER book to add to my tbr list. Sigh. 3y
minkyb I sympathize with your kindle budget woes! 3y
Hooked_on_books It's on nook, too! Thanks for the heads up. 3y
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Twocougs
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Fascinating yet terrifying. My hope that Kasparov is wrong but I don't think he is. Important read!

Laura317 I am afraid that he's right, also. 3y
Claireluana This is on my list! 3y
BethFishReads Wait! Is this in the Game of Thrones universe 😏 3y
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Twocougs
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Just got through the introduction and I can say this is the most terrifying books I've ever read.😳

LauraBrook I want to read this but I'm terrified to read this. 3y
Texreader Yikes. Makes my college class about the Cold War (that I took during its twilight days) seem mild in comparison. Not sure I could read this either. Let us know what you think. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It's on my list to read too, sadly I added it before it became the major news it is now.... I'm betting it's even scarier at this moment in time. 3y
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sprainedbrain I'm scared to even start it. Can't wait to hear your thoughts! 3y
Sydsavvy Wow, looks like a must! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage All kinds of important scary! Looking forward to your review. 3y
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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Riveting. I finished the book more alarmed about Putin, Western complacency & the threat beyond Russia than when I started. Kasparov is fascinating & has a chess world champion's eye on things, & first-hand experience in Russian politics - a unique position. He sees where Western leadership failure will end up. The thinking person's 'tells it like it is' figure, opinions are strong but well-founded, the message is urgent. A must-read.

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Abailliekaras
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1938

Libby1 😳 3y
CoffeeAndABook Scary - even more in light of recent unspeakable events 🤔 3y
Abailliekaras @Libby1 @CoffeeAndABook i know, rather scary! Interestingly he also points the finger at Bush and Obama for limp policy, enabling Putin. 3y
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CoffeeAndABook @Abailliekaras I know... Looking for logic is entirely futile 😖 Hey weren't you going to travel to Austria on a river cruise or something similar? Is that already over or are you still deliciously anticipating? 3y
Abailliekaras @CoffeeAndABook cancelled sadly due to work... & I had a whole Austria/Danube book stack ready to go ! 😢 so another week in London before heading back to Australia. Don't ask about the book packing (I can leave most here fortunately)! 📚 3y
CoffeeAndABook @Abailliekaras Oh no!!! 😦 I'm so sorry to hear that!!! Not that London is such a terrible place... I can only imagine the amount of book hauling 🤓🙌👏 3y
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Abailliekaras
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Time Person of the Year 2007... But wait, there's more...

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Abailliekaras
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"Those who defend Putin either have something to gain from it, or are dangerously ignorant."

Anyone spring to mind? ??

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Abailliekaras
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Book and dinner! Pasta with lots of parsley and garlic, staving off a cold. This book is so compelling, Kasparov in a unique position to speak of both Russia and the West. I'm racing through it.

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Abailliekaras
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"The USSR was a Frankenstein's monster with mismatched body parts inexpertly sewn on to a Russian head."

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Abailliekaras
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Lunchtime reading ... Tuna salad with brown sourdough bread ?

Garry Kasparov fascinates me. There is much hard-earned wisdom in the opening pages.

"In hindsight it is amazing how quickly the lessons of the Cold War were forgotten and abandoned."

#chillyread indeed, even more so now than in 2015 when it was published ...

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Abailliekaras
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Oh heck, America.

My next read... And ☕️.

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jdtchicago

Communism is like an autoimmune disorder; it doesn‘t do the killing itself, but it weakens the system so much that the victim is left helpless and unable to fight off anything else. It destroys the human spirit on an individual level, perverting the values of a successful free society.

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Abailliekaras
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#booktober #textonlycovers a tough one! I admire Garry Kasparov but daunted by Winter is Coming as I fear it will be depressing. But I'm interested in his take on Putin and the new Cold War ... Night Walks a great read; Copenhagen for upcoming holiday! 🙌🏻

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Abailliekaras
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#AugustPhotoChallenge a rather sparse collection of #BooksandPolitics ... These challenges will so much easier when I'm reunited with my Adelaide bookshelves! In aust politics a recent great read was the Road to Ruin by Nikki Savva. I'm looking fwd to Annabel Crabb's book on Malcolm Turnbull too.

Trav I've read Stop At Nothing and I really enjoyed it. I love Annabel Crabb's writing style! 3y
Abailliekaras @Trav she's wonderful! 3y
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