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Who Lost Russia?

From the Collapse of the USSR to Putin's War on Ukraine

Peter Conradi

‘A must read for anyone interested in the future of Europe and the world as a whole.’ Serhii Plokhy, author of The Last Empire

An essential insight into Russia’s relations with Ukraine, the US and beyond

Why did Vladimir Putin launch his devastating attack on Ukraine in February 2022? And is Western policy towards Russia to blame for the bloodiest war on European soil since 1945? Peter Conradi, Europe Editor of the Sunday Times, analyses the series of mistakes and misunderstandings on both sides since the end of the Soviet Union in this updated version of his critically acclaimed book. This edition contains five new chapters that bring the story right up to the present day, examining the events leading to the invasion and setting out what the conflict will mean for the future of Europe

  • Publication date: August 25, 2022
  • ISBN: 9780861545520
  • RRP: £10.99
  • Pages: 496
  • Publication date: February 16, 2017
  • ISBN: 9781786070425
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 416



Mail on Sunday

‘Authoritative and readable.’

Daily Mail

‘A timely account of the diplomatic history of what increasingly looks like a new Cold War… Nervous Europeans might like to send Conradi’s book to the White House.’

The Times

‘Fast-paced, comprehensive, solidly researched and, most importantly, essential reading for anyone who wants to understand one of the great crises of our times…uncannily up-to-the-minute…this book couldn’t be better timed.’

Owen Matthews, Literary Review

‘Conradi wisely examines the forest’s contours, avoiding the trees. He writes engagingly and enlivens his smart, balanced analysis with colorful anecdotes.’

New York Times Book Review

'Essential reading.'

The Herald

‘Manages to tell a complex story…with a much-needed sense of balance. The author’s skill in seamlessly linking historical events to present-day international relations makes this book an insightful and rewarding read.’


‘Seamlessly written…it is fascinating to read the author’s summary of Russia’s actions in Syria in the context of recent events.’

Wall Street Journal

‘Elegantly written, informed…provides many valuable insights into our times.’

Evening Standard

‘Skilfully constructed.’

Sunday Times

‘Profoundly important.’

Country Life

‘Peter Conradi is a cool-headed and even-handed guide to the past 25 years of Western-Russian relations...It is refreshing to read so well-written and dispassionate an account.’

New Statesman

Peter Conradi

Peter Conradi is the foreign editor of The Sunday Times. During his six years as foreign correspondent in Moscow, he witnessed the USSR’s collapse first-hand. His previous books include Hitler’s Piano Player and The King’s Speech, co-authored with Mark Logue, which inspired the Oscar-winning film. He lives in Lambeth, South London.

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