In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine

In Wartime Stories from Ukraine Urgent and insightful Tim Judah s account of the human side of the conflict in Ukraine is an evocative exploration of what the second largest country in Europe feels like in wartime Making his way fr

  • Title: In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine
  • Author: Tim Judah
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  • Page: 354
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  • Urgent and insightful, Tim Judah s account of the human side of the conflict in Ukraine is an evocative exploration of what the second largest country in Europe feels like in wartime.Making his way from the Polish border in the west, through the capital city and the heart of the 2014 revolution, to the eastern frontline near the Russian border, seasoned war reporter Tim JuUrgent and insightful, Tim Judah s account of the human side of the conflict in Ukraine is an evocative exploration of what the second largest country in Europe feels like in wartime.Making his way from the Polish border in the west, through the capital city and the heart of the 2014 revolution, to the eastern frontline near the Russian border, seasoned war reporter Tim Judah brings a rare glimpse of the reality behind the headlines Along the way he talks to the people living through the conflict mothers, soldiers, businessmen, poets, politicians whose memories of a contested past shape their attitudes, allegiances and hopes for the future Together, their stories paint a vivid picture of a nation trapped between powerful forces, both political and historical Visceral, gripping, heartbreaking Simon Sebag Montefiore

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    1. It's the end of January, 2017. War in Ukraine has been going on for almost three years, yet the conflict has all but disappeared from most media outlets. The focus of the world has been uniformly on Syria , a country torn in a bloody civil war for almost six years, and the incredible amount of terror and suffering inflicted on its citizens, which resulted in the greatest refugee and migration crisis in recent memory. Ukraine quickly disappeared from newspaper headlines, being demoted to an occas [...]

    2. Series of short and incisive journalistic pieces on the war and home front in Ukraine. Gives the locals plenty of space to talk about themselves, and takes pains to understand the historical roots (and the exploitation of history) behind current grievances. At turns gruesome and understated. Important stuff.

    3. In the last 100 years Ukraine has suffered war, pogroms, political purges and famine, not all of which were carried out by outsiders. The country is large and perpetrators and victims are still around (as well as their children and grandchildren) with silence, anger and no national consensus. Judah covers a lot of ground both literally and figuratively. He visits destinations of note and interviews a variety of people.He visits war memorials with tanks, shells and military vehicles. There are co [...]

    4. As an American, I can safely vouch for my ignorance of the state of affairs in whole sections of the Earth. While I consider myself reasonably well-informed, my job does not require an extensive knowledge of world affairs, and for the most part American news understandably focuses on stories that are of interest to most Americans. Like how much Donald Trump pays for his hair weave.But one night I was watching the news and my young daughter walked in while the news was briefly focused on Russia's [...]

    5. Mr. Judah travels the length and breath of Ukraine probing what is beneath the surface. After the Maidan demonstrations, the Russian annexation of the Crimea along with the subsequent support of separatist groups in Eastern Ukraine (Donbas) the future of Ukraine is in peril.Page xv (my book, a cemetery near Poland))Every tomb tells a story, but even more than that every memorial, or at least the more recent ones, is still fighting the history wars for those who fell for their cause. Over here ar [...]

    6. The war in Ukraine still stutters on three years after its beginning following the 2013-4 Euromaidan rebellion that brought down that country's kleptocratic president. We in the West don't hear about it anymore unless the chronic disease becomes acute, such as the recent exchanges of shelling in the east. Even when the war in the Donbass was blazing hot and fast on our TV screens back in 2014-5, all most of us west of the Danube ever knew about it was framed in the larger U.S.-versus-Russia geop [...]

    7. From one of the finest journalists of our time comes a definitive, boots-on-the-ground dispatch from the front lines of the conflict in Ukraine.Ever since Ukraine s violent 2014 revolution, followed by Russia s annexation of Crimea, the country has been at war. Misinformation reigns, more than two million people have been displaced, and Ukrainians fight one another on a second front the crucial war against corruption.With "In Wartime," Tim Judah lays bare the events that have turned neighbors ag [...]

    8. This is a grim and vivid human portrait of a society drained by years of war and corruption. “In Wartime” is a reminder that war is not only fought in the Middle East. From interviews with civilians, poets, political scientists and a wide range of people who have been caught up in the conflict Mr. Judah, a distinguished journalist, has written a timely account of life in Ukraine since March 2014. The book opens in a taut and informative first person account as he makes his way across Ukraine [...]

    9. This was an interesting read in terms of style. Judah blends his knowledge of European history with skills in modern journalism and brings to life Ukraine's frustrating past and troubling present with personal profiles. This is a country that has never really been a country. It has been a pawn between East and West and a strategic buffer zone. Since achieving independence it has sadly squandered the chance to be truly independent and important. Instead it has suffered from incompetence, corrupti [...]

    10. I received this as a free ARC through librarything from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately, I also misplaced it for a few weeks so it took me longer to finish than I would have liked.The pros of this book are simple, but that doesn't make them unimportant. For starters, it sheds light on a confusing and ongoing battle in the Ukraine that has received very little press after the annexation of Crimea by Russia. This is done in a journalistic style that is, in my opinion, [...]

    11. Before reading In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine, I did not realize how little I knew about Ukraine and the Eastern European regions most effected by population displacement during World War II. When I was in Germany, I heard more about Ukraine and the political situation there than I have while in the U.S but I really did not know the background of the issues or what the issues really even were. I have only read one other novel about Ukraine, and that novel focused on finding mass graves in Ukra [...]

    12. Ukraine, Crimea and Russia. All pretty obscure places and over the years I had only kept across the broadest of headlines. But as there is so much talk these days about Trump and Russia and Manafort and Trump and Manafort and Ukraine I decided to pick up Tim Judah's book to learn something. And I must say now that I've finished I do have a much better understanding of not just what's at stake for both sides but how over the centuries we've got to this point. I really liked it from that perspecti [...]

    13. I feel as if the war in Crimea is a current event that many outside of the region have lost interest in, though Russia and Ukraine continue to fight each other in Donbass. While I knew about the conflict, before reading this book my knowledge of the historical context of the conflict was very limited. I knew that Ukraine used to be part of the USSR, and I knew that a lot of the borders created when the Soviet Union split up were arbitrary. However, I did not know why Russia would go after Crimea [...]

    14. Very engaging and helpful. Even after reading several Russian and Ukrainian histories, I found the author's stories and layout of the current climate in country to be very helpful in gaining insight on what's happening in Ukraine. He does a great job of choosing his material, explaining just enough of the background, and taking you through the key regions of the country to make it easy for the average person to be able to learn something of how Ukrainians see themselves and the current conflict. [...]

    15. This is an important read to understand the dangerous times we live in. Mr. Judah clearly illustrates how rapidly societies can disintegrate due to political and information warfare. The polarization of society that occurs when the Media is weaponized can be catastrophic. Admittedly, Ukraine has numerous systemic institutional failures but to witness the shift from harsh rhetoric to kinetic warfare is stunning. The west needs to wake up to the threats of Russian Hybrid Warfare and the vulnerabil [...]

    16. In Wartime Stories by Tim Judah He takes a complex issue and presents that issue in a readable and interesting way. Mr. Judah draws on both the deep history of the story and contempory personal accounts. He also does a good job of showing how both sides of the conflict manipulate information and emotion to further their cause. This book should be read by anyone interested in the events in the Ukraine.

    17. When the 2014 Maidan Revolution, the nearing division of the country in an EU looking western part and a Russia looking eastern part, followed by the blitz annexation of Crimea by Russia, and the shootdown of the Malaysian Airways plane with lots of Dutch passengers aboard, Ukraine got featured in the news almost every day. In the Netherlands, I got the chance to vote in a consultative referendum whether or not The Netherlands as EU member should ratify an association agreement with Ukraine. But [...]

    18. What an undertaking!Tim Judah presents an immense amount of work, including interviews with everyday people as well as important local leaders, historical research, and photos, to try to dissect the state of Ukraine today. He takes an extremely confusing subject and renders it less opaque and chaotic by good writing and good journalism. He draws on his own experience reporting on the Balkans in peace and in wartime.In a way, Ukraine is simple, as is Turkey, and countless other countries that are [...]

    19. Tim Judah is a British journalist who traveled around Ukraine and talked to many people about how the war had affected them and how they felt about Ukraine and Russia. (I had a pleasure to meet Tim a couple of times during his visits to Odessa.)The book is a mix of these people's anecdotes and opinions, accounts of some events of the Ukrainian history going back to WWII and Holodomor, and Tim's own observations.It is a collection of loosely connected stories, in a somewhat arbitrary order. Frank [...]

    20. In Wartime by Tim Judah is a book that shines light into Ukraine and the situation that existed post Crimea’s annexure by Russia. If you think that is all there is to the book, then you will be wrong. I thought In Wartime would be about statistics and derivatives - about the so many people who were killed because of this rebellion and the economic, social and political impact due to that, etc.But it is not. In Wartime is insightful. Tim Judah is a reporter and political analyst for The Economi [...]

    21. This book was received as part of a Giveaway.Mr. Judah's collection of stories from various locations throughout the Ukraine gives the reader an unusual insight into the conflict there in the aftermath of the Russian takeover of the Crimea. With interviews of civilians and soldiers on both sides of the lines, Judah uses these vignettes to tell the larger story of the corruption-riddled Ukraine attempting to hold its own against the Russians and their propaganda machine. For someone like myself, [...]

    22. If you are at all interested in the current war in Ukraine and the historical, economic and social reasons behind it, this is a great book for you. I learned an enormous amount about the history of the country and why there is such deep anger and resentment among many of the citizens.

    23. ***I received a free copy from and the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. In Wartime Stories from Ukraine, Tim Judah takes a very interesting approach in that instead of delving into the causes of the war between Ukraine and Russia in a very academic way, he instead talked to the people of Ukraine on all sides—pro-Ukraine, pro-Russia, and dare I say the indifferent because the economic conditions in Ukraine are so poor in several places—they back whomever can make it better. Yet, [...]

    24. This was a hard book to start, as there was a lot of information to absorb from the beginning. But once I grasped all of the historical and political connections that the author was attempting to make, it was hard to put down. The history of Ukraine, along with a good cross section of people quoted, gave me a new understanding of why the Ukraine is where it is today. To be honest, my understanding of the current war was based on my scant knowledge of the historical connection between Russia (USS [...]

    25. In Wartime has journalist Tim Judah traveling to the Ukraine and talking with all manner of citizens, from young to old, from workers to teachers to businesspeople to government officials about the past and future of Ukraine. That there’s little agreement on either is evidence to the situation the country is currently facing. As a former reporter on the Balkan wars, Judah sees the frightening parallels.Though it’s clear Judah is coming from a pro-western/pro-Ukraine/anti-Putin pov he lets hi [...]

    26. "When wars being there is a strange period when ordinary, pre-war life continues bore the new rhythm of wartime begins."I received a copy of this book from bloggingforbooks in exchange for an honest review. Not knowing a lot about Ukraine, I was interested in learning from this book. While parts of the book focus on big-picture aspects of Ukraine, the story really focuses on individuals and their experiences. The anecdotes about how people were unclear of what they were voting for or of people l [...]

    27. In Wartime Stores form Ukraine by Tim Judah of the Economist provides a look at various places and people within in the Ukraine from his time on the ground there. Showing how history, economics and politics have converged into day to day social life is the aim of the book. The stores are not connected and each one stands on its own. This is a very powerful book that aims to make the point “Who Controls the Past Controls the Future; Who Controls The Present Controls the Past”. For those looki [...]

    28. "Judah has traveled well and listened much. He builds up a plausible composite portrait of a Ukraine ideologically bifurcated yet still sadly homogeneous in its poverty, isolation, and insecurity. He often succeeds in making his abstractions vivid, as when he repeats a pre-Crimea characterizations of Putin as 'like a dog with its teeth clamped into a man's neck.' 'A year later,' he remarks, 'it seemed rather that the dog had its teeth clamped onto Ukraine's leg. Ukraine could not shake its bleed [...]

    29. I won this book as a contestant. I have been to Ukraine a few times and have talked with people there who were mostly on the side of Russia. They were people from the central part of Ukraine but with ties to the East. The book is about the history of Ukraine from the past to the present. The people either wanted to be left alone or for the government to help them more and everything in between. The stories they told showed their struggles and about the overall confusion and the fog of war. I th [...]

    30. When you hear of the Ukraine War, you think of it as a battle between Russia and the Ukraine. It is so more complex and Tim Judah provides a series of journalistic pieces group around geography that tries to explain the complexities of what is happening. Each geographic area has there has there own issues depending on history. In the West it was Poles, Jews, Russians and Ukraines. In the South it was Romanians, Bulgarians, Armenians, etc. Then there is the industrial worth of each area, the corr [...]

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