Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival (Paperback)

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Invasion: The Inside Story of Russia's Bloody War and Ukraine's Fight for Survival (Paperback)

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New York Times bestselling author of Collusion and The Snowden Files Luke Harding’s personal, frontline reporting on Russia’s harrowing invasion of Ukraine, the biggest news event of the year and an inflection point in international politics

“An excellent, moving account of an ongoing tragedy.” —Anne Applebaum, New York Times bestselling author of Twilight of Democracy

In a damning, inspiring, and breathtaking narrative of what is likely to be a turning point for Europe—and the world—Guardian correspondent and New York Times bestselling author Luke Harding reports firsthand on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. When, just before dawn on February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin launched a series of brutal attacks, Harding was there, on the ground in Kyiv. But this senseless violence was met with astounding resilience—from, among others, the country’s embattled president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy—and the courage of a people preparedi to risk everything to preserve their nation’s freedom.

Here are piercing portraits of the leaders on both sides of this monumental struggle, a haunting depiction of the atrocities in Bucha and elsewhere, and an intimate glimpse into the ordinary lives being impacted by the biggest conflict in Europe since the Second World War. Harding captures this crucial moment in history with candor, insight, and an unwavering focus on the human stories that lie at its heart.
LUKE HARDING is a journalist, writer, and award-winning foreign correspondent with The Guardian. He is the author of seven previous nonfiction books: Shadow State, Collusion, A Very Expensive Poison, The Snowden Files, Mafia State, WikiLeaks, and The Liar (the last two co-written by David Leigh). Two have been made into Hollywood movies. His books have been translated into thirty languages. Harding lives near London with his wife, the freelance journalist Phoebe Taplin, and their two children.
Product Details ISBN: 9780593685174
ISBN-10: 0593685172
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Pages: 336
Language: English
“Luke Harding has once again written a superb first draft of history, this time of the Ukrainian war. An excellent, moving account of an ongoing tragedy.” 
—Anne Applebaum, New York Times bestselling author of Twilight of Democracy

“The definitive story of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, based on extensive reporting from the frontline. Luke Harding is an excellent writer and witness who deftly tells the moving human stories of victims in this terrible war. He also explains to us why Putin embarked on this foolhardy invasion.”
—Bill Browder, New York Times bestselling author of Red Notice and Freezing Order


“Compelling, important, and heartbreaking with all the urgency and immediacy of outstanding war reportage, here is the Russian invasion of Ukraine minute by minute, political and personal, from the cabinets of power to the streets and apartments of ordinary Ukrainians by a master reporter and analyst.”
—Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs

“Comprehensive and riveting. . . . Enriched by Harding’s deep knowledge of the region and impressive access, this is a valuable report on an ongoing geopolitical crisis.”
Publishers Weekly


"Brilliant. . . . Harding is one of the best experts on Putin's Russia. Invasion reads like an exciting military-political thriller, but all its characters and events are true." 
—Andrey Kurkov, author of Grey Bees

"Luke Harding yet again provides unique insight into his chosen topic, this time the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, providing a stirring account of the build up to the invasion and the invasion itself. Essential reading for those who want to understand the most important conflict of the 21st Century."
Eliot Higgins, founder of Bellingcat