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  • Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know

  • By: Serhy Yekelchyk
  • Narrated by: Joel Richards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Ukraine's sudden prominence in American politics has compounded an already-widespread misunderstanding of what is actually happening in the nation. In the American media, Ukraine has come to signify an inherently corrupt place, rather than a real country struggling in the face of great challenges. Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know addresses Ukraine's relations with the West, particularly the United States, from the perspective of Ukrainians. The book explains how independent Ukraine fell victim to crony capitalism, how its people rebelled twice in the last two decades in the name of democracy and against corruption, and why Russia reacted so aggressively to the strivings of Ukrainians. Additionally, it looks at what we know about alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, the factors behind the stunning electoral victory of the political novice Volodymyr Zelensky, and the ways in which the events leading to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump have changed the Russia-Ukraine-US relationship. 

This volume is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand the forces that have shaped contemporary politics in this increasingly important part of Europe, as well as the international background of the impeachment proceedings in the US.

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A biased account.

A biased account , brusing over the Bidens involvement, in this event. Treating Russian involement in Trumps win as fact, when.it has been proved, it was Clinton and the Democratc Party, and the false Steel document, behind this story. Also ommitted to include Zelenskyy's off shore accounts.

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Utterly biased extreme western narrative

Author is clearly biased + ignores all related facts surrounding both historic + currently

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  • Theo Horesh
  • 09-03-22

Everyone Should Read This Book in 2022

This book presents a comprehensive examination of everything you need to know about Ukraine to be conversant about its current troubles. And that makes it an especially important book, because disinformation on Ukraine is rife. I have now read and/or listened to this three times and it probably won’t be the last, because no other books in Ukraine provide such essential information about it. Please give it a shot and help dispel the disinformation about this beautiful country that is only seeking life and freedom.

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  • P Willis
  • 04-05-22

Crying out for a pdf

Not being familiar with Ukrainian names, and places, a pdf would have improved this book greatly. I would have rated it a 4 or 5 if there had been a good pdf. It is to the point and well presented,

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  • Libertarian Heretic
  • 19-03-22

Comprehensive, even-handed

Slight pro-Ukrainian nationalist bias, but coverages recent events and their origins fairly and thoroughly.


The controversies over eastern Slav identity are examined with a long view and most of the major claims are given at least a brief examination. Ukraine's real neo-nazi issues are covered. Other books are available to hammer away on the point from a Russian view, but this one will at least look it square in the face before moving on.


The fighting in the Donbas, Zelensky's election, Tymoshenko's fall from grace.... the entire saga of controversies with Russia starting at the Orange Revolution and ending at Covid are covered in great depth.


Don't let the review from the grumpy Trump enthusiast turn you off. The book by no means ignores the scandal surrounding Hunter Biden. At the same time it does take a hard look at the Manafort connections in Ukraine.


A thoroughly enjoyable book even if you have a slight pro-Russian lean as I do.

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  • mc
  • 17-03-22

Informative and Enlightening

Great book. Ukrainian history written by a Ukrainian born scholar. Maybe it doesn't fit American partisan views, but definitely a valid, well informed perspective.

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  • Tania Konopada
  • 07-06-22

Important history and current events

Ukraine has obviously become front page news since Russia’s invasion and unprovoked war against this sovereign nation.
I thought that getting some basic background about Ukraine would be helpful in following the conflict, thus I eagerly enlisted this book in my quest for a deeper understanding of the land of my family’s roots.
This book does a better than average job of putting Ukraine’s history, as well as current events into context. But, it leaves me wanting more.
While it’s not everything everyone needs to know on the topic of Ukraine, it’s certainly better than what most Americans know — which is sadly not much!
While it’s not super entertaining, nor does the narrator keep the listener at the edge of his/her seat, it’s definitely a worthwhile listen.
Hopefully this book will be a catalyst for learning even more about Україна … as it has been for me.

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  • Tool_User
  • 13-04-22

Historical Ukraine text book

This is a long view look at Ukraine's history, not current events. Not bad though.

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  • Alycia Broddrick
  • 05-04-22

Extremely informative

had no issue finishing the book in a few days. It provided comprehensive information about the ukraine russia conflict. would reccomend if you're interested in learning more about ukrainian politics.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-22

Narration Dry

The narration is DRY… no vocal inflection…. I think he should go to the doctor and get checked for … emotions… because I’m not sure he has any.

Info is pretty comprehensive… if you can pay attention… though casually throws in ‘Russia interfered in US elections’ and not much of the ‘Russian side’ so might be a little biased.

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  • TB
  • 19-03-22

Informative, but dry.

The breakdown of key topics creates an easy to follow flow of information. The performance was clear and easy to follow, though overall, dry.

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  • E S
  • 12-04-22

great!

very relevant and succinct! good overview of how we got where we are today.

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