Putin’s Playbook

  • Author Rebekah Koffler
  • Narrator Joyce Sternton
  • Publisher Blackstone Publishing
  • Run Time 13 hours and 10 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Politics and government.

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What to expect

Politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle have accused Russia of interfering with our elections and our intelligence agencies. But the war Russia is waging against America is very different from anything you have heard in the press, as Russian-born US intelligence expert Rebekah Koffler reveals.

In Putin’s Playbook, Koffler details how Vladimir Putin is orchestrating a wide-ranging, multifaceted campaign to retake his country’s role as a super-power and to defeat America in the process. Koffler explains the Putin-ordered five-point master plan to defeat America, which includes spies, satellite killers, bombers, lasers, undersea cable cutters, cyber trolls, nuclear missiles, assassinations, and special techniques that Russia uses to distort Americans’ perceptions of reality. Koffler also reveals how Moscow plans to turn our strengths—such as our open, democratic society, the technology that pervades every sphere of our lives, and our aversion to war casualties—into vulnerabilities.

Koffler explores the military components of Russia’s strategy, including its powerful arsenal of conventional and nuclear weapons and the advanced new weaponry unveiled the day after the 2018 Trump-Putin Helsinki summit. She details why Moscow views America’s dependency on satellite technology for military operations as our country’s “Achilles’ heel” and alerts readers to the newly erected National Center for State Defense, a wartime structure. Finally, there is a discussion of why Moscow violated the US-Russian Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF). The picture is clear, warns Koffler: Putin is mobilizing his country for the “inevitable” war.

Koffler reminds us it’s imperative that the full extent of the Russian threat be revealed, both to those who are increasingly concerned and those who are just beginning to feel uneasy about foreign interference in, and manipulation of, our daily lives. The “warning system,” as Dan Coats, director of National Intelligence, declared, is “blinking red.”

Critics Review

  • “When the Soviet Union suddenly ceased to exist in 1991, a mortal threat to America appeared to disappear. What didn’t disappear was the ‘counterintelligence state’ that the Bolsheviks created in 1917. In the face of a feckless thirty-year American post-Soviet policy, the hard men of the KGB, successors to the totalitarian secret police, simply expropriated the wealth and remaining power of Russia. Predictably, Putin’s Russia created an American enemy where there was none. With a clear head and the sharp eye of a senior intelligence analyst, Rebekah Koffler details the ominous threat we now face.

    Kenneth deGraffenreid, former senior director of intelligence programs, President Reagan's National Security Council
  • Putin’s Playbook is an intriguing and informative read for those interested in peeking into the Kremlin’s motivations and wartime strategies. Koffler deliberately warns not to underestimate Russians’ deep-rooted anger over our nation’s moral assertiveness and how Putin’s animosity can escalate into war. A frightening, eye-opening prediction for US–Russian relations, Putin’s Playbook will make readers see the urgency of developing a counterstrategy to the brilliance of Putin’s playbook.”

    Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives
  • Putin’s Playbook—a hard-hitting, very frank inspection of the man and his Russia. Rebekah Koffler brings insight that only a Russian-born analyst could. A page-turner dripping with facts and conclusions that gives us clarity few have attained; a must-read for those who want to understand [Russia and President Putin].”

    General Phil Breedlove, USAF (Ret.), seventeenth Supreme Allied Commander Europe

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