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War with Russia Audiobook

War with Russia: An urgent warning from senior military command

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Audible Editor Reviews

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

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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    Stephen Veal Dallas, OR USA 02-15-17
    Stephen Veal Dallas, OR USA 02-15-17 Member Since 2004
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. 05-09-17
    A. M. 05-09-17

    Geopolitics, history, and philosophy junkie. I love smoothly flowing prose that moves me effortlessly from one idea to the next.

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    "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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    Matt 04-13-17
    Matt 04-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Eerily accurate..."

    I'm on Chapter 11 and genuinely having a difficult time distinguishing between what I heard in this book and what I saw on CNN. The events that have unfolded in recent weeks are as if this was a playbook that was referenced. The author's insight to the (fictional) propaganda, triggers, events, and ramifications provide much more color than than is inferred or omitted on the news. Really good book so far. Here's hoping for a favorable conclusion for the Allies or that his predictions start to become less accurate...

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    Brandon Wright 04-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Better historical fiction"

    one of the better historical fictions around. accents are okay to great for some characters.

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  • R Davies
    3/12/17
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    "Plausible"

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

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  • james
    5/10/17
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    "it could happen"

    a worning a show of how the west need to put up and shut up work together or face the monster the is Russia.

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  • Christopher
    5/5/17
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    "Brilliant read - amazing NATO Gaming"

    Brilliantly read, a must read and very exciting. Gives you a great insight into what could happen in a world of Putin

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  • Mstephen
    5/4/17
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    "Insightful"

    The UK armed forces have a pride in their history and fighting spirit. Defence cuts have eaten away at its effectiveness to the point of international ridicule.

    It is refreshing that the author has written this as a story of fiction based on the stark reality of where we could end up due to complacency.

    The Ineffectiveness of the UN in the Balkans highlights the problems inherent with multi national armed forces led by weak Politicians. Now replace that with NATO against a major World Power like Russia and you can only imagine how much of a bureaucratic minefield it would be.

    If you want a war story with descriptive battle scenes this is not the book for you. If you want an understanding of tactical insight at strategic level written by an author with personal first hand knowledge then read this.

    The audible book narrator does well with his various accents to try and bring the characters to life but it's not easy to replicate a Russian and a Brummie.

    The only downside to the book without giving too much away was that I felt it all ended a bit abruptly.

    On the whole I enjoyed the read and would recommend this to anyone with an interest in the escalating tensions in Europe.

    I only hope for my children's sake that the authors message is heard before it's too late.

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  • Michael
    3/31/17
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    "another NATO propaganda flick"

    same old same old
    all russian are bad and useless and make every misstake "in the book"

    neither realistic or fictional quality.

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  • S Hawkins
    3/29/17
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    "Fantastic book."

    From an exeptionaly qualified author, this book highlights the systemic wrongs that have been inflicted on our armed forces my successive governments.

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  • Ian Harman
    2/15/17
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    "good but scary"

    very good book but after some research i have found alot of the facts about military spending and force levels are correct, which scared me even more. i even found a pertition for a rise in defence spending (see link below)

    petition.parliament.uk/petitions/172383

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    2/12/17
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    "More an essay than a Clancy thriller"

    Although Sir Richard certainly knows his history and his subject matter I feel he fell short on writing an entertaining novel. The characters were cliche and lack depth. I cringed at some of the dialogue between characters. It is no Red Storm but still interesting.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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