Winter Is Coming

  • by Garry Kasparov
  • Narrated by George Backman
  • 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 into not only 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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skip the first chapter (the intro read by Garry)

I almost gave up on this book because of Garry's reading. However, once the professional reader took over, the book was great. Deep thinking about real world problems for a moral point of view. I think it should be a must read for all political science classes.
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- I am No Expert

We've been warned - again.

This book was very chilling. Of course I've read more than my share of Putin stories but this one still made me very uncomfortable. Honestly it was a chore to listen to because of what's been going on in Russia now for so many years it's simply disgusting, maddening and totally beyond belief. Garry is a brilliant chess player yes but he's also a very talented writer and a shrewd political analyst. I've been in the "Beware of Putin" camp now for years and am frequently appalled by how the media portrays this dictator and of course how incompetent western leaders are in dealing with such a creature. Reading Winter is Coming has given me a better understanding on how our freedoms are being under mind by greed, how this new cold war developed and maybe how it can be won once again.
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- Tony

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios