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.
- ISBN-13: 9781610396202
- ISBN-10: 1610396200
- Publisher: PublicAffairs
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 320
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-08-24
- Reviewer: Staff
This unpersuasive political screed from Kasparov, world chess champion from 1985 to 2005 and now a human rights activist, lays part of the blame for Vladimir Putin’s repressive Russian dictatorship at the feet of the U.S. and other world powers. After admitting that “Putin is no Hitler,” the author repeatedly compares the two. In his eyes, Putin sought “adulation and validation” at the Sochi Olympic Games just as Hitler did at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Kasparov also accuses the United States of “cowardice” for allowing Putin to annex the Crimea in 2014, tantamount to Neville Chamberlain’s “eager capitulation” to the Nazi annexation of the Sudentenland in Czechoslovakia in 1938. The author’s apocalyptic warnings about the dangers posed to the international community by Putin may find sympathetic ears at international human rights conferences, but he is unlikely to convince many Americans that they have a “moral responsibility” to provide military aid to Ukraine and return to Cold War “principles and policies.” Even Kasparov admits that “in the end, Putin is a Russian problem... and Russians must deal with how to remove him.” (Nov.)