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War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict – Northampton

Mon October 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


A Book Talk by Medea Benjamin

Russia’s brutal February 2022 invasion of Ukraine has attracted widespread condemnation across the West. Government and media circles present the conflict as a simple dichotomy between an evil empire and an innocent victim. In this concise, accessible and highly informative primer, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies insist the picture is more complicated.

Yes, Russia’s aggression was reckless and, ultimately, indefensible. But the West’s reneging on promises to halt eastward expansion of NATO in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union played a major part in prompting Putin to act. So did the U.S. involvement in the 2014 Ukraine coup and Ukraine’s failure to implement the Minsk peace agreements. The result is a conflict that is increasingly difficult to resolve, one that could conceivably escalate into all-out war between the United States and Russia—the world’s two leading nuclear powers.

Skilfully bringing together the historical record and current analysis, War in Ukraine looks at the events leading up to the conflict, surveys the different parties involved, and weighs the risks of escalation and opportunities for peace. For anyone who wants to get beneath the heavily propagandized media coverage to an understanding of a war with consequences that could prove cataclysmic, reading this timely book will be an urgent necessity.

Medea Benjamin will present a talk on her book at Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall, Smith College.

For other talks across Massachusetts between Oct. 3-6, see this page.

Praise for War in Ukraine

“This careful, informed, judicious study is an invaluable guide to understanding Russia’s criminal invasion of Ukraine, and most crucially, how we can act to help bring this terrible tragedy to an end.” —Noam Chomsky

“This book is an important antidote to the war propaganda about Ukraine that so many in the West are caught up in.” —Mairead McGuire, activist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

“War in Ukraine makes tragically clear that this was a conflict that could have been avoided if our foreign policy had not become captive to militarists whose sole loyalty is to the arms industry.”
—Chris Hedges, author and journalist

“Here, finally, is the book we’ve been awaiting. War in Ukraine is illuminating and essential for anyone seeking to penetrate the fog of myth and propaganda that distorts our understanding of this crisis.” —Stephen Kinzer, author and journalist

“Give this book to anyone seeking the knowledge and wisdom needed to help end the violence in Ukraine.” —David Swanson, executive director of World Beyond War

“This concise primer gives what U.S. media consumers so rarely get—historical context with balance and compassion.”—Norman Solomon, executive director of Institute for Public Accuracy


Mon October 3
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
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Wright Hall, Smith College
5 Chapin Way
Northampton, MA 01063