A GoodReads Giveaway.
The Colder War opens up with a prediction of the future taking place in a the White House Situation Room. It sounds apocalyptic until you read the first couple of chapters of the book. By then you sense something building toward the thesis of the book.
If you get halfway through the book and are still completely skeptical then NOTHING can convince you!
This is coming from a person (myself) that, for the last 8-10 years, has had every article emailed to me produced by a particular news outlet which contains two words: Vladimir Putin.
Over the past 8 years or more I have followed many of the stories told in this story, from the bank cleanup/takeovers, to the nationalization of Russia’s oil energy industry, to the Georgian, Chechen, and past and current Ukrainian conflicts. Yet, there was never a complete grasp of the intent of Vladimir Putin.
This book says it all! Many, many things you will never read anywhere else unless you have an “inside track”. Marin Katusa is a clear thinking visionary.
Time and space would not permit to give all of my thoughts on the book and the ones provoked since finishing it. Let me touch the key areas that stand out to me.
- First, there is absolutely no doubt that Putin is a man to watch. Instinctively, as well as by reading, I have had a sense that Putin is a major player on the world stage (how could he not be as the head of Russia), but also as a sort of potter attempting to shape our future. I would not be surprised at much that this man would do or accomplish in our lifetime.
- That being said, “The Colder War”, in its well laid arguments MUST address Putin, but the reader is left with a distinct impression of the author’s admiration for the man. As a fellow man, one also MUST admire Putin’s meteoric rise to power and his uncanny ability to wield it. As a Russian man, I would be proud to have him as my leader. As the American that I am, I cannot say I share this warm and fuzzy feeling for the man. As has been so well expressed in the book, Putin has a WORLD PLAN for Russia to be the dominant factor…I have a problem with that.
- Thirdly, I do not fault the author’s attention toward Putin, as a matter of fact, that was the most fascinating aspect to this book. Russia has always been a fascination to me as a student of history. Marin Katusa draws out details about the man which I was completely unaware of and sheds additional light on those aspects with which I am already familiar.
- Fourthly, and more to the point of the book’s premise, I agree with 95% of Marin Katusa’s premise, assessment, and warning. His energy, financial, and foreign policy arguments are VERY WELL researched and explained and very compelling. He has put his finger on the pulse of our future and found it to be weak and thready under our current economic/political condition.
- In Summary, I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND that you read this book, if for no other reason, for the shear weight of facts, details, and important topics brought out, discussed, and exposed to the light of day – something you will hear or see on NO major news outlet! If you are like me then it is a slow read as I like to absorb all the details rather than gloss a subject. Whether you agree with some, all, or none of Marin Katusa’s writing it will bring an important subject to the forefront of your mind and force you to think about it.
Throughout the book the reader must bear in mind there is something that CANNOT be quantified, predictable, nor crushed; the American spirit. This alone may be the hope against all that is presented in “The Colder War”!