How the West Brought War to Ukraine
Understanding How U.S. and NATO Policies Led to Crisis, War, and the Risk of Nuclear Catastrophe
by Benjamin Abelow
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Pub Date 31 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2023
According to the mainstream Western narrative, Vladimir Putin is an insatiable, Hitler-like expansionist who invaded Ukraine in an unprovoked land grab.
That story is incorrect.
In reality, the United States and NATO bear much of the responsibility for the Ukraine crisis. Through a series of misguided policies, Washington and its European allies placed Russia in an untenable situation for which war seemed, to Mr. Putin and his military staff, the only workable solution.
In How the West Brought War to Ukraine, author Benjamin Abelow lays out the relevant history and explains how the West needlessly produced conflict, subjecting its own citizens—and the rest of the world—to the risk of nuclear war.
Endorsed by leading defense experts and policy analysts, this brief and highly readable book shows how the West provoked the crisis and now labors under an existential threat of its own making.
How the West Brought War to Ukraine looks beneath the surface of recent events. It lets readers understand the deeper sources of the Ukraine war and provides new insights into how the conflict might be resolved.
A Note From the Publisher
"Abelow does what few others have done: he gets into the mind of strategic military thinking to analyze the concerns of Moscow in response to a series of chess-like moves that placed Russia at a perceived disadvantage.... [A]ny thinking reader who would better understand the myriad of influences on the Ukraine situation needs to read this book."
—Reviewed by D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review. October 2022. Full review at http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/oct_22.htm#dianedonovan
FOREWORD CLARION REVIEWS
"Abelow builds a solid argument that the US, Europe, and NATO are complicit in the current violence affecting Ukraine.... How the West Brought War to Ukraine is a succinct, accessible introduction to an often overlooked aspect of the 2022 war in Ukraine."
—Reviewed by Eileen Gonzalez, September 8, 2022. Full review at https://www.forewordreviews.com/reviews/how-the-west-brought-war-to-ukraine/
"How the West Brought War to Ukraine will serve as an invaluable primer."
—Reviewed by David Speedie, former chair of the program on cooperative security, Carnegie Corporation of New York, September 1, 2022. Full review at https://usrussiaaccord.org/acura-viewpoint-david-c-speedie-review-of-how-the-west-brought-war-to-ukraine/
"[A] learned and concise corrective to the “it wasn’t NATO” narrative... comes by way of Benjamin Abelow, whose new book How the West Brought War to Ukraine is admirably clear on the circumstances that brought the war about."
-- James W Carden is a former adviser to the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission at the US Department of State., September 20, 2022. Full review at https://asiatimes.com/2022/09/the-road-to-war-in-ukraine-fact-vs-fiction/
"It would be a serious mistake to discount Abelow as unduly pro-Russian in his sympathies. The efforts he supports to secure a peaceful settlement by making concessions to Russia are in the best interests of the Ukrainians themselves, even those hostile to Russia."
— Reviewed by David Gordon, Ph.D., August 26, 2022. Full review at https://mises.org/wire/review-how-west-brought-war-ukraine
"Very well-done.... Reviews material that should be much better known." — NOAM CHOMSKY, Institute Professor emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Laureate Professor of Linguistics, University of Arizona
"A brilliant, remarkably concise explanation of the danger that U.S and NATO military involvement in Ukraine has created. Needs to be read and pondered by every citizen capable of thinking rationally and responsibly about American and European security." — JACK F. MATLOCK, JR., U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, 1987-1991, author of Superpower Illusions
"For anyone interested in understanding the true causes of the disaster in Ukraine, How the West Brought War to Ukraine is required reading. Abelow makes a clear and compelling case that the United States and its NATO allies—not Vladimir Putin—are the principal culprits." — JOHN J. MEARSHEIMER, author of The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago
"For those concerned about U.S. national security and the peace of Europe, this book is essential reading."— DOUGLAS MACGREGOR, Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army, author of Margin of Victory, was decorated for valor in the Battle of 73 Easting in Iraq and served as Director of NATO's Joint Operations Center at SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe)
"This is a splendidly concise book, taughtly written, logically organized, easy to read and persuasive but appropriately caveated. It is an invaluable primer on the trends and events that produced the escalating warfare in Ukraine. Without understanding the history documented in this book, there will be no de-escalation of the US-Russian confrontation on Europe's eastern borders." — CHAS FREEMAN, previously Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, author of Arts of Power: Statecraft and Diplomacy
"In the Ukraine proxy war between the United States/NATO and Russia, we face a threat of nuclear escalation that could end human civilization. Abelow's book is essential reading for all who wish to understand this threat and why, 30 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, it has re-emerged." —GILBERT DOCTOROW, author of Memoirs of a Russianist, is an historian and independent Russia specialist based in Brussels
"A concise yet comprehensive and accessible overview. Invaluable for understanding how war once again came to Europe. Benjamin Abelow demonstrates that the crisis in Ukraine was predictable, predicted—and avoidable." — RICHARD SAKWA, author of Frontline Ukraine and The Putin Paradox, is Professor of Russian and European Politics, University of Kent
"Ben Abelow takes us beyond the false narratives and into the truth of the Ukraine crisis." —KRISHEN MEHTA, Senior Global Justice Fellow, Yale University, and Director, American Committee for US-Russia Accord
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Benjamin Abelow has worked in Washington, DC, writing, lecturing, and lobbying Congress about nuclear arms policy. He holds a B.A. in modern European history from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.D. from the Yale University School of Medicine. His other areas of interest include the psychology of trauma, including war trauma. Abelow can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write "Ukraine War" in the subject line.
Potential reviewers who want to gain a more direct sense of the author may wish to view these two brief (two minutes each) excerpts from a recent full-episode interview on the Useful Idiots podcast:
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