• War with Russia?

  • From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate
  • By: Stephen F. Cohen
  • Narrated by: Holden Still
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (77 ratings)

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Is America in a new Cold War with Russia? How does a new Cold War affect the safety and security of the United States? Does Vladimir Putin really want to destabilize the West? What should Donald Trump and America’s allies do?

America is in a new Cold War with Russia even more dangerous than the one the world barely survived in the 20th century. The Soviet Union is gone, but the two nuclear superpowers are again locked in political and military confrontations, now from Ukraine to Syria. All of this is exacerbated by Washington’s war-like demonizing of the Kremlin leadership and by Russiagate’s unprecedented allegations. US mainstream media accounts are highly selective and seriously misleading. American “disinformation”, not only Russian, is a growing peril. 

In War with Russia?, Stephen F. Cohen - the widely acclaimed historian of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia - gives listeners a very different, dissenting narrative of this more dangerous new Cold War from its origins in the 1990s, the actual role of Vladimir Putin, and the 2014 Ukrainian crisis to Donald Trump’s election and today’s unprecedented Russiagate allegations. Topics include:

  • Distorting Russia
  • US Follies and Media Malpractices 2016
  • The Obama Administration Escalates Military Confrontation With Russia
  • Was Putin’s Syria Withdrawal Really a “Surprise”?
  • Trump vs. Triumphalism
  • Has Washington Gone Rogue?
  • Blaming Brexit on Putin and Voters
  • Washington Warmongers, Moscow Prepares
  • Trump Could End the New Cold War
  • The Real Enemies of US Security
  • Kremlin-Baiting President Trump
  • Neo-McCarthyism Is Now Politically Correct
  • Terrorism and Russiagate
  • Cold-War News Not “Fit to Print”
  • Has NATO Expansion Made Anyone Safer?
  • Why Russians Think America Is Attacking Them
  • How Washington Provoked - and Perhaps Lost - a New Nuclear-Arms Race
  • Russia Endorses Putin, the US and UK Condemn Him (Again)
  • Russophobia
  • Sanction Mania

Cohen’s views have made him, it is said, “America’s most controversial Russia expert”. Some say this to denounce him, others to laud him as a bold, highly informed critic of US policies and the dangers they have helped to create. 

War with Russia? gives listeners a chance to decide for themselves who is right: are we living, as Cohen argues, in a time of unprecedented perils at home and abroad?

©2018 Stephen F. Cohen (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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A book all Americans should read

It's too bad the CIA and U. S. government are fomenting a war brtween Ukraine and The Russian Federation.

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Great book.

Another different view about Russia and its relation with the west, really really good book.

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A different perspective

While I disagreed with the author on many points and found that at times his bias was overbearing most of his work did explain and back up points of view from the Russian perspective of an encroaching NATO and breaking of treaties and promises from the west most in particular the US. I enjoyed this perspective because to truly understand the war in Ukraine all sides points need to be read and heard.

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Best book about Russia

Absolutely the best book with a reasonable approach to Russia. Loved it and highly recommend.

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Brilliant as always by Mr Cohen.

Mr Cohen argues for giving a chance to people who don't show the official point of view place at the table. He undetstands that criticism of policy is not only patriotic and tigjt thing to do. it is essential for the success of that policy.

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A different perspective

Dr. Cohen has provided me a broader lense through which to view and interpret current events and relations between the U.S. and Russia.

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A book giving the truth about Russoa

Rather than demonizing Putin and Russia for the current cold war, Mr. Cohen shows how American actions in the post-Soviet period contributed to it. He is a lone voice daring to speak the truth against the deep state on this issue. If you want to better understand Russia today, I recommend you read this book.

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Prophetic yet controversial account by the famous late historian

We’ll be missing Stephen Cohen. His challenging point of view is lacking now in media.Very interesting book. I was not impressed by it and the reason though maybe it’s recording problems, but somehow Holden Still’s pitch of voice is kind of sharp and unpleasant.

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Tear up the Russia "Playbook!

Though written before the Russian military operation, or in US-speak, invasion of Ukraine, Cohen's "War with Russia?" is amazingly prescient and even prophetic. Cohen is prescient in foreseeing major elements of the Ukraine conflict. He is prophetic by holding up to clear-eyed scrutiny how Russia was for some thirty years bullied into war and Ukraine made to suffer the consequences.
NATO expansion has resulted in a shooting war accompanied by an economic war of western-imposed sanctions. The shooting war has put Ukrainians to suffering and dispersion while the US and its NATO allies keep protracting the foghting with a steady supply of arms and by refusing to enter peace negotiations to bring killing to a halt.
Cohen clearly etches the danger of nuclear war, so far avoided since the US unleashed devastation on Japan. We are not out of the woods on that score.

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Sobering

This should be mandatory reading for every competent US citizen. Sadly, many minds in this country the US suffer from an elepantisis of American Patriotism. Sadly, there are people who think a nuclear war can be " Won". Most people running their mouths today have not a clue about the former Soviet Union and it's history.

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  • lgu02190
  • 02-28-22

Wouldnt recommend this

Unfortunately, this is quite an unbalanced and at times factually inaccurate book. The prologue alone contains historical inaccuracies. It is probably better thought of as: how those supportive or apologetic for the Russian state view and justify its actions. Thats not to say its without value - its very important to understand this perspective. Its just a shame, for me, that this wasnt clear before buying the book.

I was hoping for something quite balanced and even handed in its treatment of events (which is obviously quite difficult to achieve). The book is primarily a criticism of western actions in relation to russia, which is a necessary and valuable subject to cover. Unfortunately, I find myself doubting many of the books claims due to the already stated inaccuracies and lack of critical balance

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  • Canuk100
  • 09-09-22

Mendacious Drivel

Stephen Cohen's view is that the west/Nato/USA = bad and Russia/Soviet Union/ Putin = good. He completely ignores anything which doesn't conform to his world view. If you want an objective of what's happening in Russia today you should try reading

Putin's People by Catherine Belton
Putin's Wars by Marcel H. van Herpen
Ukraine by Serhy Yekelchyk

Cohen really was an apologist for Putin - don't waste your money.

Oh, and you can't accidentally get polonium poisoning London - yes he did say that......

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  • James S.
  • 07-09-22

Deeply flawed

Embattled condescending Putin apologist. Riddled with strawman arguments, falsehoods and doubtful assumptions stated as fact. Is especially awful in light of invasion of Ukraine. Wish I had known how biased this book was before I bought it. Not the reasoned alternative perspective I was hoping for.

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  • Umar
  • 04-15-22

Prophetic

He was right. The rest of the media was wrong. To see how we got here, read this. Great narration too.

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  • John Ryan
  • 07-22-22

Vitally important.

As the world is again led toward massive armed conflict, rational thinking is a rare thing. Stephen Cohen does a good job of providing background and dispelling many myths surrounding "Putin's Russia"

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  • Sitiveni
  • 07-05-22

Best factual book on Russia

I’ve read lots of books and listened to a lot of so called Russian experts. Stephen Cohen is in a class of his own and this is a must read for anyone wanting to understand the truth behind the current Russian-Western relations. It’s a shame he’s no longer with us.