The Gates of Europe

  • by Serhii Plokhy
  • Narrated by Ralph Lister
  • 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ukraine is currently embroiled in a tense battle with Russia to preserve its economic and political independence. But today's conflict is only the latest in a long history of battles over Ukraine's existence as a sovereign nation. As award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its fraught present and likely future. Situated between Europe, Russia, and the Asian East, Ukraine was shaped by the empires that have used it as a strategic gateway between East and West - from the Romans and Ottomans to the Third Reich and the Soviet Union, all have engaged in global fights for supremacy on Ukrainian soil. Each invading army left a lasting mark on the landscape and on the population, making modern Ukraine an amalgam of competing cultures. Authoritative and vividly written, The Gates of Europe will be the definitive history of Ukraine for years to come.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Superb book; poorly read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is THE essential book for anyone who wants to understand Ukraine and learn why Putin is so hot and bothered by it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Too many interesting characters to list

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ralph Lister?

Almost anybody else. Book is great; Lister's reading is terrible. He hasn't bothered to learn how to pronounce Ukrainian names and places and mangles them. When he quotes someone he goes into a strange, strangled voice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Gates of Europe is a perfect tagline

Any additional comments?

Professor Plokhy is an honest blunt historian and he goes into events some Ukrainian writers have downplayed, like the pogroms against the Jews. He gives clear explanations of complex events. He doesn't whitewash the Ukrainians and shows their bad fortune was often due to an inability to cooperate, to shrewdly plan, to a willingness to be deluded. This is the best book on Ukrainian history I have read.

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- Bohdan Hodiak


Just like the written copy a policy makers book, some of the pronunciation is grating buy tolerable
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- Julian D. Wynnyckyj

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio