Listen free for 30 days

  • Putin's Wars

  • From Chechnya to Ukraine
  • By: Mark Galeotti
  • Narrated by: David Sibley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.
Putin's Wars cover art

Putin's Wars

By: Mark Galeotti
Narrated by: David Sibley
Try for £0.00

£7.99/month after 30 days. Renews automatically. See here for eligibility.

Buy Now for £38.99

Buy Now for £38.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

A new history of how Putin and his conflicts have inexorably reshaped Russia, including his devastating invasion of Ukraine.

Putin's Wars is a timely overview of the conflicts in which Russia has been involved since Vladimir Putin became prime minister and then president of Russia, from the First Chechen War to the two military incursions into Georgia, the annexation of Crimea and the eventual invasion of Ukraine itself. But it also looks more broadly at Putin's recreation of Russian military power and its expansion to include a range of new capabilities, from mercenaries to operatives in a relentless information war against Western powers. This is an engrossing strategic overview of a rejuvenated Russian military and the successes and failures on the battlefield. Thanks to Dr Galeotti's wide-ranging contacts throughout Russia, it is also peppered with anecdotes of military life, personal snapshots of conflicts, and an extraordinary collection of first-hand accounts from serving and retired Russian officers.

Russia continues to dominate the news cycle throughout the Western world. There is no better time to understand how and why Putin has involved his armed forces in a variety of conflicts for over two decades. There is no author better placed to demystify the capabilities of the Russian military and give a glimpse into what the future may hold.

Putin's Wars is an engaging and important history of a reawakened Russian bear and how it currently operates both at home and abroad to ensure Russia is front and centre on the world stage.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2022 Mark Galeotti (P)2022 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History

What listeners say about Putin's Wars

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    22
  • 4 Stars
    5
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    20
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    1
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    19
  • 4 Stars
    4
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

A masterful account.

As a fan of Mr Galleoti’s podcast, I greatly enjoyed this book. My only gripe is the cursory look at how Russian intelligence services impact the overall trajectory of the regime. The chapter on the 90s was deeply illuminating. Would definitely recommend. Be warned at the heavy military minutiae focus. I definitely loved it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent, recommended

Great stuff as always from Mark Galeotti on Russia. Pity he didn't read the Audible version himself because he does it very well on others (and has a brilliant podcast), but the narrator David Sibley is excellent, too, so certainly not a complaint.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Exceptionally well researched book

There are very few books that delve into the hard to penetrate subject of murky Russian wars, and even fewer that take an unbiased, facts-only approach. This is an incredibly well written and researched book that apart from being an enjoyable read contains the level of detail that can be used for academic research. In my opinion this is by far Mr. Galeotti’s best work.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very well researched history.

Says much about Putin's attempt to build new model army which has failed so badly in Ukraine. Must read.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Exceptional analysis

It is always difficult to write about contemporary events in a historic way, yet Galeotti does so with wit and drive. This is a deep book and some times the orders of battle are confusing. However as an analysis of Putin and his armed forces it is written by a paramount authority. It should be on the reading list of anyone interested in Putin, NATO and Europe. I commend this work as an accessible guide to the complexity of Putin’s Wars.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

“Amateurs talk about tactics, but professionals study logistics.”

This repeated quote is a good summation of Dr Galeotti’s new book. He provides a potted history of Putin’s wars leading up to his invasion of Ukraine. Throughout he explains the evolution of the Russian armed forces. Interspersed with anecdotes of his experiences meeting various figures within the Russian forces.
I found it a fascinating study of Russian culture and how it has been subverted by delusional leadership. The most interesting part must be listening to this in light of current events, not just in Ukraine but all around Russia’s borders, and how this is shaping the worlds view of Russia. This is literally living history.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Alexey B.
  • Alexey B.
  • 20-12-22

Botched Attempt on Russian Stress

The laudable effort by the narrator to take on Russian last names and dozens of transliterations would be a success hadn’t he botched most of the stresses (accents). Almost every Russian surname, including those of all ministers of defense in 30 years, is pronounced incorrectly, despite transcriptions readily available everywhere starting from Wikipedia.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jordan
  • Jordan
  • 26-01-23

Fantastic!

Well researched, and very informative. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know more about contemporary Russian military history. Interspersed with amusing anecdotes and eyewitness accounts.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Zaid Al-Mahdawi Customer
  • Zaid Al-Mahdawi Customer
  • 13-01-23

Great reference

I consider this book one of the most scientific and analytic writings concerning Russian military raise.