Zachary T. Irwin

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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.
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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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King Richard: Nixon and Watergate—An American Tragedy

Spanning biography and history, this is a gripping narrative and a fine account of events in the presidency. Recommended for readers unfamiliar with Watergate or in need of a refresher.
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Fortress Dark and Stern: The Soviet Home Front During World War II

Much has been published about the wartime Soviet Union since 1991, but this book’s forceful style and its use of Soviet sources ensure it will have lasting value in World War II scholarship. The use of personal anecdotes and statistical evidence is laudable.

Stalin: Passage to Revolution

This impressively researched biography provides remarkable and reliable details on the first part of Stalin’s life, along with the many fissures among the Left Communists. An important accomplishment.
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The Last Brahmin: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. and the Making of the Cold War

This first dedicated biography of an understudied politician sheds insight into the evolving politics of the 20th century.
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The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945–2020

Weiner offers a significant contribution to the literature of U.S.-Russia relations with a book that emphasizes the asymmetry of American capacity for political warfare, currently consisting of effective cyber counterespionage. Highly Recommended.
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