Zachary T. Irwin

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The Dissident: Alexey Navalny; Profile of a Political Prisoner

Herszenhorn expertly portrays Navalny as a resilient figure and as a “prisoner of conscience” who evolves from a crusader to a political leader symbolizing democratic Russia.

“A Mind Purified by Suffering”: Evgenia Ginzburg’s “Whirlwind” Memoirs

A significant title for scholars of Soviet literature, but a less compelling book for those seeking the wider meaning of Ginzburg’s fate in the 20th century.

Battlefield Cyber: How China and Russia Are Undermining Our Democracy and National Security

Still, the confirmed successes of Chinese and Russian cyberwarfare make this book a gripping and highly recommended read.

The World in Conflict: Understanding the World’s Troublespots

Overall, this is a valuable and detailed book that parenthetically revels the pervasive impact of low intensity conflict and asymmetric warfare. Add to political science, history, and international studies collections.

The Soviet Century: Archaeology of a Lost World

A splendid book. Avoiding the usual fare of power and the Communist Party, the author reveals the pervasive political character of Soviet life.

Volodymyr Zelensky in His Own Words

Recommended with reservation. However impressive, Zelensky’s quotations tell relatively little about Ukraine, its politics, or the war. A book with expanded context would be more useful.

Freezing Order: A True Story of Money Laundering, Murder, and Surviving Vladimir Putin’s Wrath

Highly recommended fast paced, quality drama exposing the realities of official Russian criminality.

Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare

 Overall, this is a highly recommended look at modern warfare campaigns.


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