With a preface by Norman Davies, author of Europe: A History. Revised and updated following Russia's attack on Georgia. No longer the sick man of Europe, Russia is run by an authoritarian ex-KGB regime with the cash to put its ideas into practice. Under Vladimir Putin's autocratic rule, it silences its critics and bullies its neighbours.
The murders of Anna Politkovskaya and Aleksander Litvinenko have sent a grim warning to other critics and the sham presidential 'election' in 2007 that put Dmitry Medvedev in the Kremlin as Putin's hand-picked successor showed how Russia's rulers, not the voters, dictate the country's political future.
The New Cold War explains the Kremlin's use of energy blockades and trade sanctions, military sabre-rattling and propaganda wars against its neighbours - and why a divided and demoralised West is responding so feebly. It is an incisive and disturbing account of why we are perilously close to defeat - and how we can still win.
About the Author
Edward Lucas is currently Deputy Editor, International Section, Central and Eastern Europe correspondent for the Economist. He has been covering central and Eastern Europe since 1986. He was based in the Baltic states from 1990 to 1994, covering the collapse of the Soviet Union and, from 1992, as the managing editor of the Baltic Independent, a weekly English-language newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. The New Cold War is his first book.
'Highly informed, crisply written and alarming ... Wise up and stick together is the concluding message in Lucas's outstanding book' Michael Burleigh, Evening Standard 'An impressive polemic arguing that the West still underestimates the danger that Putin's Russia poses ... A useful appeal for vigilance' Sunday Times 'Perceptive and accurate ... the KGB regime is attempting to restore the Soviet Empire' Vladimir Bukovsky, former Soviet dissident 'If you need a convincing argument for a joined-up EU foreign policy, look no further' Angus Macqueen, Guardian
Number Of Pages: 350
Published: 2nd February 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.259