Russia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War  Audiobook, by Joseph Weisberg Play Audiobook Sample

Russia Upside Down: An Exit Strategy for the Second Cold War Audiobook

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Read By: David de Vries Publisher: PublicAffairs Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.63 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781549109461

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Longest Chapter Length:

107:25 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

04 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

29:30 minutes

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Publisher Description

A former CIA officer and the creator of the hit TV series The Americans makes the case that America’s policy towards Russia is failing—and that we will never fix it until we rethink our relationship.

Coming of age in America in the 1970s and 1980s, Joseph Weisberg was a cold warrior. After briefly studying Russian in Leningrad, he joined the CIA in 1990—just in time to watch the Soviet Union collapse.  

But less than a decade after the first Cold War ended, a new one broke out. Russia changed in many of the ways that America hoped it might—more capitalist, more religious, more open to Western ideas. But US sanctions have crippled Russia’s economy; and Russia’s interventions have exacerbated political problems in America. The old paradigm—America, the free capitalist good guys, fighting Russia, the repressive communist bad guys—simply doesn’t apply anymore. But we’ve continued to act as if it does. 

In this bold and controversial book, Weisberg interrogates these assumptions, asking hard questions about American policy and attempting to understand what Russia truly wants.

Russia Upside Down makes the case against the new Cold War. It suggests that we are fighting an enemy with whom we have few, if any, serious conflicts of interest. It argues that we are fighting with ineffective and dangerous tools. And most of all, it aims to demonstrate that our approach is not working.

With our own political system in peril and continually buffeted by Russian attacks, we need a new framework, urgently. Russia Upside Down shows the stakes and begins to lay out that new plan, at a time when it is badly needed.

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“Putin and Biden can find common ground if they don’t let outdated biases and antagonisms get in their way. Sign me up, Joe, for not wanting a Second Cold War. The first one was bad enough.”

— James M. Olson, former chief of CIA counterintelligence and author of To Catch a Spy: The Art of Counterintelligence 


  • “Weisberg uses his own story and his deep knowledge of all things Russian to argue that we need a new understanding of our oldest adversary. What a brilliant book!”

    — Malcolm Gladwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • “Weisberg clearly knows his stuff…Perceptive insights into a consistently dysfunctional international relationship.”

    — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

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About Joseph Weisberg

Joseph Weisberg is an author and an Emmy award-winning television writer and producer, best known for creating The Americans. He is the author of two previous books: the novels An Ordinary Spy and 10th Grade.

About David de Vries

David de Vries, an Earphones Award-winning audiobook narrator and veteran stage actor and director, spent three years in the cast of Wicked and was the last Lumiere in the Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast. He has also appeared in numerous films and voiced commercial campaigns for companies large and small, including American Express, AT&T, UPS, Motorola, Georgia-Pacific, Delta Airlines, Coca Cola, and Ford, among others. He can be seen in a number of feature films, including The Founder, The Accountant, Captain America: Civil War, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. On television, his credits include House of Cards, Nashville, and Halt and Catch Fire.