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Eight books to understand Russia and its threat to Western civilization

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These titles will help you understand Russia's words and actions in the ongoing geopolitical chess match

Some of the more than ten thousand of pro-Kremlin demonstrators holding Moscow and St. George flags and a poster depicting President Putin in a naval hat march in central Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 2, 2014 to express support latest development in Russian-Ukrainian relations. The poster reads : "Sovereignty! Because I Love Russia! V. Putin" (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

In light of Glenn Beck's series on Russia, we thought it a good time to share some of our favorite books on the multi-faceted threat that Russia poses to Western civilization.

A word before we dig into our list: We suggest that readers take every data point on Russia with a grain of salt. As anyone who has studied disinformation and strategic subversion notes, it pays to look at both the message and the messenger when it comes to analyzing stories leaked out prior to and even post the collapse of the Soviet Union, which could easily be planted and intended to subvert the recipient. Trust us, you will become more cynical and skeptical after reading these books too.

Some of the more than ten thousand of pro-Kremlin demonstrators holding Moscow and St. George flags and a poster depicting President Putin in a  naval hat march in central Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 2, 2014 to express support latest development in Russian-Ukrainian relations. The poster reads : "Sovereignty! Because  I Love Russia! V. Putin" (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) Some of the more than ten thousand of pro-Kremlin demonstrators holding Moscow and St. George flags and a poster depicting President Putin in a naval hat march in central Moscow, Russia, Sunday, March 2, 2014 to express support latest development in Russian-Ukrainian relations. The poster reads : "Sovereignty! Because I Love Russia! V. Putin" (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

It is important however to understand the nature of the Soviet intelligence system -- given that Putin and a large proportion of the Russian government and the nation's oligarchs came up through its ranks -- when thinking about Russia's words and actions today.

We also recommend for some more historical context these five books on World War II and Soviet subversion.

Without further ado, here's our list:

Allegations: Selected Works by Alexander Litvinenko by Alexander Litvinenko

Litvinenko is a man who it appears was assassinated by Russia for ingesting what was effectively a mini nuclear weapon. In "Allegations," the former Russian intelligence agent who defected to the West, divulges some of the information that the Russian kleptocracy and in particular Vladimir Putin never wanted the world to know, from Russia's alleged ties to Al Qaeda, to various alleged false-flag attacks perpetrated against Russian citizens by Putin's own FSB for political gain. You can find some selected eye-opening excerpts from his book here. For what it's worth, we are still awaiting word on the official British inquiry surrounding Litvinenko's death. We are also told by TheBlaze Magazine's Chris Field that "Blowing Up Russia: The Secret Plot to Bring Back KGB Terror," by Litvinenko and co-author Yuri Felshtinsky is also excellent.

The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America's Grasp by Marin Katusa

Katusa lays out Russia's grand strategy with a focus on economics, and provides needed perspective on just how strong the nation is from a natural resource perspective -- which it can use as leverage and thus power on the geopolitical chess board.

Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism by Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa

Disinformation

"Disinformation" provides the definitive word on a series of KGB-directed intelligence operations, but more broadly exposes the immense value and focus that Russia has historically placed upon disinformation, strategic deception and subversion as a means of undermining its enemies and even its own people. Every page provides another shocking revelation that will change the prism through which you view history. Full coverage of the book here.

Inside the Aquarium: The Making of a Top Soviet Spy by Viktor Suvorov

Given that Russia is run by a former KGB agent, and its government is riddled with fellow KGB alums, it pays to know the mindset and training of those in power, not to mention those assets who remained posted around the world following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Suvorov has written perhaps the definitive volume on the training of Russia's elite agents.

New Lies for Old by Anatoliy Golitsyn

New Lies for Old

Golitsyn is an ex-KGB officer who defected to the West reportedly in 1961 to warn us of a grand strategy being implemented by the Soviet Union to bury us. In this book, published in 1984, he predicted 148 falsifiable points with respect to Russia, of which an astounding 139 or 94% were proven correct. The stunning implications of this book, and its insight into Soviet strategy and tactics, makes it relevant even today.

The Perestroika Deception: Memoranda to the Central Intelligence Agency by Anatoliy Golitsyn

The Perestroika Deception

Golitsyn's follow-up to "New Lies for Old" is also a must-read.

Putin's Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? by Karen Dawisha

Putin's Kleptocracy

Prof. Karen Dawisha, an expert on Russia, has written an exceptional and well-documented book examining how Putin rose from a KGB officer to modern-day czar, and with it developed a Mafia-like, kleptocratic regime to enrich himself and his allies, and seize total power over the state. You can find some of Dawisha's most staggering takeaways here.

The Russia-China Axis: The New Cold War and America�s Crisis of Leadership by Douglas Schoen

Douglas Schoen -- no conservative partisan -- has written an excellent primer on the strategic relationship on defense and economics that Russia has developed with China as a means of countering, and ultimately threatening the West.

 

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