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by General Sir Richard Shirreff

The rapid rise in Russia's power over the course of the last ten years has been matched by the lack of diplomacy displayed by its president, Vladimir Putin. If we continue to ignore it, we remain on a path for nuclear war and we do so at our own peril.

Former deputy commander of NATO General Sir Richard Shirreff speaks out in this call to arms, warning allied powers and the world at large that we risk nuclear conflict if we fail to confront Russia's increasingly hostile actions soon. In a detailed, step-by-step explanation that displays his years of experience in tactical military strategy, Shirreff lays out the course of action Russia will take, predicting an invasion of the Baltic states in the near future.

This critical and chilling look at at our current geopolitical landscape, from a top NATO commander, is both timely and necessary-a must-read for any concerned citizen.

General Sir Richard Shirreff KCB, CBE is a senior British Army officer. From March 2011 to March 2014, he served as NATO's Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. Educated at Oxford University, Shirreff rose quickly through the ranks of the British Army during the course of his 37-year career as an international leader and commander. He is a speaker, consultant, and advisor on issues of international politics and military strategy.


"You fail to read this book at your peril.” —Admiral James G Stavridis, US Navy, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe.

"A good and authentic, if gloomy, read . . . reminiscent of Tom Clancy's The Hunt for Red October and the excellent The Third World War: August 1985 by General John Hackett.” —Ian Shields, CNN

"A rare work of fiction [that] warns of the rising risk of military conflict with Russia, and lays out a wholly plausible scenario by which it could happen quite soon . . . Shirreff's message is one that we ignore at our own peril.” —Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg View

"Unsettling . . . [Shirreff] likens today's Mother Russia to Germany in the late 1930s, when it seized the Sudetenland in brazen contravention of established borders.” —Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek

"Will war come to Europe? In some important ways it already has--with the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of eastern Ukraine by Putin's Russia sending ominous signals that the use of military force may once again be possible in Europe. General Sir Richard Shirreff sends a much-needed, timely warning of what may befall us if we don't act swiftly to bolster our defenses and strengthen our Alliances. Our leaders must heed his message. Time is of the essence.” —Ivo H. Daalder, Former US Ambassador to NATO and President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

"A must read for anyone engaged in national security policy. Shirreff's warnings-veiled as fiction-ring with authenticity, rich in technical details and insight.” —General Wesley K. Clark, US Army, former Supreme Allied Commander Europe