Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability

By Michael Kimmage

One war: three collisions—in this vividly written, narrative history of the war in Ukraine, former State Department official Michael Kimmage puts together the pieces of a complicated international puzzle to understand the origins of the conflict that has brought the world to the brink of a new Cold War.

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"A historian by training with key service at the State Department during the Obama administration, Kimmage brings his talent and experience to bear in illuminating the complex background for [the] war… It is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the aggressive war that Vladimir Putin launched against Ukraine and the West." - John J. Sullivan, former U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State

"Kimmage provides well-informed and realistic, if bleak, context for current events...Political maneuvering rarely begets a page-turner, but Kimmage's insightful account is just that." Kirkus Reviews

"Kimmage's excellent book contains qualities seldom present in narrating an ongoing conflict... A compelling and detailed account that reveals some little known facts and a deeply sobering analysis of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, its consequences for Russia, and the many assumptions about European security." -- Zachary Irwin, Library Journal

“In this arresting deep dive, historian Kimmage explores decades of international relations leading up to Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine…the he commentary is elucidating and the fine-grained narrative keeps the pages turning. This deserves to be reckoned with.” – Publishers Weekly

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