About the Book

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped
November 2016
Not Yet Published
Trade Paperback · 320 Pages
$15.99 U.S. · $20.99 CAN · €12.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781610397193
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Description

The stunning story of Russia's slide back into a dictatorship — and how the West is now paying the price for allowing it to happen. The ascension of Vladimir Putin — a former lieutenant colonel of the KGB — to the presidency of Russia in 1999 was a strong 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 not only into a dictator but an internationalthreat. With his vast resources and nuclear arsenal, Putin is at the center of a worldwide assault on political liberty and the modern world order. 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 a darker truth: Putin's Russia, like ISIS or Al Qaeda, defines itself in opposition to the free countries of the world. As Putin has grown ever more powerful, the threat he poses has grown from local to regional and finally to global. In this urgent book, Kasparov shows that the collapse of the Soviet Union was not an endpoint — only a change of seasons, as the Cold War melted into a new spring. But now, after years of complacency and poor judgment, winter is once again upon us. Argued with the force of Kasparov's world-class intelligence, conviction, and hopes for his home country, Winter Is Coming reveals Putin for what he is: an existential danger hiding in plain sight.

About the Author

Garry Kasparov spent twenty years as the world's number one ranked chess player. In 2005, he retired from professional chess to lead the pro-democracy opposition against Vladimir Putin, from street protests to coalition building. In 2012, he was named chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Václav Havel. He has been a contributing editor to the Wall Street Journal since 1991 and he is a senior visiting fellow at the Oxford Martin School. His 2007 book, How Life Imitates Chess, has been published in twenty-six languages. He lives in self-imposed exile in New York with his wife Dasha and their children.