Reviews

I’m not sure if there’s been a better written book published yet this year than Ukraine: Zbig’s Grand Chessboard and How the West Was Checkmated, but I’m confident there’s not been a more important one. With some 17,000 nuclear bombs in the world, the United States and Russia have about 16,000 of them. The United States is aggressively flirting with World War III, the people of the United States have not the foggiest notion of how or why, and authors Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong explain it all quite clearly. 
David Swanson, Ukraine and the Apocalyptic Risk of Propagandized Ignorance

A powerful antidote to mainstream propaganda about the Ukraine Crisis. NATO leaders should read it to avoid sleepwalking into war with the superpowers of the 21st Century.
Afshin Rattansi, host of RT's Going Underground

From Zbig’s nineties’ strategy for US supremacy to the return of Nazism in Ukraine, courtesy of Neo-cons, and how the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon are check-mating the US, EU, and NATO across the Eurasian heartland, Ukraine: ZBIG’s Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated is an outstanding example of pragmatic geopolitical analysis and collaborative writing.
—Deena Stryker, international journalist, former State Department speechwriter, Foreign Editor at OpEd News

 

UKRAINE: ZBIG'S GRAND CHESSBOARD & HOW THE WEST WAS CHECKMATED

Zbigniew Brzezinski’s The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives has long been the operative canon for State Department Hawks, Neoconservatives, and Russophobes. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the implementation of Zbig’s Grand strategy has moved at a feverish pace, gobbling up former Soviet satellites and then converting them into NATO forward bases. The endgame for the West, via these moves, has always been to quash Russian and ostensibly Chinese independence, economic viability, and, thus, their ability to project power in Eurasia.

Ukraine: ZBIG’s Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated speaks to the historical and geostrategic moves by the West to control the Eurasian landmass: the broken promises and treaties, the geostrategic missteps, and, finally, how Grand Chessboard fundamentalism actually catalyzed Russia’s re-emergence as a global power, shifted geostrategic power eastward and, proverbially, snatched defeat from the jaws of a U.S./NATO victory.

Natylie Baldwin, a graduate of Cal State East Bay, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in various publications including Sun Monthly, Dissident Voice, Energy Bulletin, Newtopia Magazine, OpEd News, The Common Line, New York Journal of Books and The Lakeshore.  She is currently working on two novels.  

Kermit Heartsong, author, publisher, and empirical scientist, has been a keen observer of the geostrategic developments of social, economic, and political systems for over two decades. He has written several nonfiction books—The United States of Mammon (2013), Illusions, Dystopia & Monsters (2014), and Ukraine: ZBIG’s Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated (2015), which have spoken to reality inside US Empire; wars of choice that facilitate wealth concentration, and the changing biospheric climate. Heartsong studied at the University of California Davis for his B.S.E.E with a dual major in Global Politics and a minor in Writing. Kermit's upcoming book, The God in Us Knows, will debut Spring 2017.


REVIEWS


In this must-read book the authors offer an alternative reading of recent American history—a reading shockingly at odds with that of the mainstream press.  They inform us that the so-called “Ukraine crisis” and the making of a bogey man of Putin derives from a larger chessgame the West has engaged in from the time we broke our promise to Gorbachev that NATO would not be expanded.  They inform us that neocon ideologies are alive and well even in the Obama administration and that the West is in fact playing a losing game to Putin and his emerging ally, China.  It is a sad and potentially scary story of ideologies run amok and seems especially ominous in light of the current presidential debates that shed more heat than light on current American history. This book signals a wake-up call even as it blows the whistle on America’s kept press for what it has not told us.  The authors dare to fill in the gaping holes that constitute our collective ignorance.  They have done their homework. They are courageous in their truth-telling. Will Americans listen?
—Matthew Fox, Bestselling Author, Anglican Priest, Educator

I’m not sure if there’s been a better written book published yet this year than Ukraine: Zbig’s Grand Chessboard and How the West Was Checkmated, but I’m confident there’s not been a more important one. With some 17,000 nuclear bombs in the world, the United States and Russia have about 16,000 of them. The United States is aggressively flirting with World War III, the people of the United States have not the foggiest notion of how or why, and authors Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong explain it all quite clearly. 
David Swanson, Ukraine and the Apocalyptic Risk of Propagandized Ignorance

A powerful antidote to mainstream propaganda about the Ukraine Crisis. NATO leaders should read it to avoid sleepwalking into war with the superpowers of the 21st Century.
Afshin Rattansi, host of RT's Going Underground

A quick review of Ukraine,  Zbig’s Grand Chessboard – How the West Was Checkmated is simple – this amazing work should be in everyone’s reading library.  Anyone who cares to understand the situation of what has happened, and is happening in Ukraine needs to read this book. ...To understand this more comprehensively, Ukraine, Zbig’s Grand Chessboard – How the West Was Checkmated is an excellent source.  The arguments presented are well supported, concisely described, and through the lense of the Ukraine debacle, effectively demonstrate the intransigence of U.S. geopolitical efforts around the world.  This book should and must be added to all contemporary reading lists for global current affairs.
—Jim Miles, Author Foreign Policy Journal

From Zbig’s nineties’ strategy for US supremacy to the return of Nazism in Ukraine, courtesy of Neo-cons, and how the Russian Bear and the Chinese Dragon are check-mating the US, EU, and NATO across the Eurasian heartland, Ukraine: ZBIG’s Grand Chessboard & How the West Was Checkmated is an outstanding example of pragmatic geopolitical analysis and collaborative writing.
—Deena Stryker, international journalist, former State Department speechwriter, Foreign Editor at OpEd News

"For those still taken in by the official Washington/Western narrative regarding events in the Ukraine, Baldwin and Heartsong's book provides a meticulously documented and highly engaging account that all but trashes that narrative. More revealingly, for those still inclined to embrace America's self proclaimed stature as a force for good in an increasingly unstable, chaotic and hostile global environment, the book will give them pause for deeper reflection. The source of most of that instability, chaos and hostility becomes clear for all but the most ideologically myopic and imperially inclined."
—Greg Maybury is a freelance writer who frequently contributes articles to Op Ed News, Consortium News, and Russia Insider amongst others. He also writes and edits a blog called Pox Amerikana (poxamerikana.wordpress.com)


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2ND HOUR: Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong discuss their brand-new book UKRAINE: ZBIGS GRAND CHESSBOARD & HOW THE WEST WAS CHECKMATED, which argues that “the Western gambit to strategically checkmate Russia, has resulted in a resounding checkmate and a catastrophic defeat for the West” (Segment Begins at 56:00 min.).

In the video James Bissett, former Canadian ambassador to Yugoslavia, Albania, and Bulgaria, speaks to US and NATO instigation and continuing involvement with the crisis in Ukraine. Further, it is a buttress and an introduction to several topics discussed at length in UKAINE: THE GRAND CHESSBOARD & HOW THE WEST WAS CHECKMATED.


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