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"You fail to read this book at your peril." (Admiral James G Stavridis, US Navy, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe.)
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Publisher's Summary

Featuring an exclusive postscript read by the author.
Closely modeled on his NATO experience of war gaming future conflicts, War with Russia is a chilling account of where we are heading if we fail to recognise the threat posed by the Russian president.
Written by the recently retired Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe and endorsed by senior military figures, this audiobook shows how war with Russia could erupt, with the bloodiest and most appalling consequences, if the necessary steps are not taken urgently.
President Putin said, 'We have all the reasons to believe that the policy of containment of Russia which was happening in the 18th, 19th and 20th century is still going on....' And 'if you press the spring, it will release at some point. Something you should remember.'
Like any strongman, the Russian president's reputation for strength is everything. Lose momentum, fail to give the people what they want, and he fails. The president has already demonstrated that he has no intention of failing. He has already started a lethal dynamic which, unless checked right now, could see him invade the Baltic States.
Russia's invasion and seizure of Georgia in 2008 was our Rhineland moment. We ignored the warning signs - as we did back in the 1930s - and we made it business as usual.
Crimea in 2014 was the president's Sudetenland moment, and again he got away with it. Since 2014 Russia has invaded Ukraine. The Baltics could be next. Our political leaders assume that nuclear deterrence will save us. General Sir Richard Shirreff shows us why this will not wash.
©2016 Strategia Worldwide Limited (P)2017 Hodder & Stoughton
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By Stephen Veal on 02-15-17

Great Book with Outstanding Narrator

As a former military intelligence officer who serve during the cold war in the 1970s, I find this book highly descriptive of the problems that NATO now faces. When the American president is ambivalent about NATO and defending the countries in NATO we all have a real problem. Putin only respects strength.

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By A. M. on 05-09-17

Fantastic on many levels

Any additional comments?

First off, the narration couldn't have been better. I was hoping for it not to end. Second, the author obviously knows the world in which he speaks. A stunning example of how things can go belly up in a weak Europe.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Flying Tiger on 05-31-17

Hugely important insight clumsily delivered.

What Sir Richard has to say in this book is extremely important for British defence policy and for stability in Europe. He knows what he's talking about better than almost anyone and concerned citizens and politicians alike should heed what he says. The fictional narrative is an interesting and potentially compelling way of translating a very realistic wargame scenario to a wider popular audience however the story telling itself is a little amateurish and the exposition of Sir Richard's argument is often far too obvious and clumsy, or clunky. The characters are a little stereotypical with bulk described, stock back-stories. The narrative itself just cuts between three essential locations of the same groups of characters (with a few scenes as exceptions).
Very informative and significant, but sometimes feeling like a school boy vehicle for an argument.

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By R Davies on 03-12-17

Plausible

Great story. Very interesting considering the current political climate. Would recommend to anyone who likes alternative or future history.

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By Amazon Customer on 05-16-17

Thought Provoking

Not a bad novel. Interesting insight into the workings of NATO and high level government bureaucracy. Although the author has a very valid point with regards to defence spending cuts, the repetition of this throughout the book becomes a little monotonous...still, worth a listen.

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