Andrew Monaghan is Director of Research on Russia and Northern European Defence and Security, The Changing Character of War Centre, Pembroke College, University of Oxford.
A brilliant and hugely enjoyable book. Cogent, well researched and cleverly argued, Monaghan's illuminating analysis serves as a timely reminder of the dangers of misunderstanding Russia and an antidote to Russian stereotypes that prevail in the West. Nazrin Mehdiyeva, St Antony's College, Oxford `An aggressive, revanchist Russia and the return of great-power competition make this book required reading. Monaghan's extensive knowledge of Russian history, politics, language and culture gives him insights that are crucial to understanding Russia and finding a way back to some sort of normal relationship between Russia and the West.' Lieutenant General (Retired) Ben Hodges, Center for European Policy Analysis `Dealing with the Russians provides a fresh, informed and rational approach to solving the problems that arise when nations attempt to deal strategically with the Russian Federation. It will be essential reading for those who prefer to master history rather than fall victim to it.' David M. Glantz, Carlisle, PA `Refreshingly concise. Andrew Monaghan takes a wider approach, analysing Russia's strengths and weaknesses, its self-image, its perceptions and misperceptions of us, ditto ours of it.' The Spectator