The war came to us Life and death in Ukraine

Christopher Miller

Book - 2023

"A breathtaking exploration of Ukraine's past, present, and future, and a heartbreaking account of the war against Russia, written by the leading journalist of the conflict"--

Saved in:
1 person waiting
1 being processed

2nd Floor New Shelf Show me where

0 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
2nd Floor New Shelf 947.7086/Miller (NEW SHELF) Due Oct 3, 2023
Travel writing
London ; New York : Bloomsbury Continuum 2023.
Item Description
Includes index.
Physical Description
xxv, 374 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Main Author
Christopher Miller (author)
  • Part one: peace. American boy
  • Friends
  • A darker side of the Donbas
  • Acts of journalism
  • Part two: revolution and annexation. Euromaidan
  • "Little green men"
  • Voting under the gun
  • Part three: war. "Russian spring"
  • Stamps
  • "Look at our republic"
  • "Some fucking militia"
  • Volunteer battalions
  • "Live in a new way"
  • "This is a war now"
  • Executioners
  • Fields of death
  • The launch site
  • "The first real Independence Day"
  • The supply runner
  • City of ghosts
  • POWs
  • The body collectors
  • City of a million roses
  • Left behind
  • The woman in the grass
  • The Cossack bomb squad
  • PTSD
  • Part four: full-scale invasion. Warning signs
  • Servant of the people
  • Keep calm and party on
  • The battle of Kyiv
  • Control the skies
  • "Who would like some tea?"
  • "Ya tut"
  • Heroes
  • Escape
  • "It feels like I'm doing something wrong"
  • The brothers Vyshyvaniy
  • Savagery
  • A storm on the horizon
  • Trouble at sea
  • Siege
  • Filtration
  • Summertime in the city
  • The battle of the Donbas
  • "The terrorists are destroying everything"
  • Missiles
  • "Fortress Bakhmut"
  • "To peace"
  • "I. Love. You."
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

War correspondent Miller's heart-pounding debut describes in gritty detail the frontline fighting and key events preceding Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. After witnessing the Kremlin's takeover of the Crimean Peninsula and the battle between Ukrainian soldiers and Russian separatists for Donetsk airport ("a mess of spattered blood, shattered glass, and mangled steel") in 2014, Miller crisscrossed the country and landed major scoops, including his discovery in Ukraine's Donbas region of a trove of execution orders--the "first hard evidence of war crimes" committed by Russia's proxies in the fight. After the war broke out in 2022, Miller traveled under enemy fire to the cities of Mariupol and Bakhmut, where he mingled with survivors hiding in the basements of damaged buildings, and to Kiev, which was under aerial assault from drone attacks. Miller vividly illustrates the risks correspondents take (at one checkpoint, "a hulk of a man with a snarling face sat me down and screamed at me for an hour.... And he told me he was going to kill me unless I confessed to being an American spy"), but readers hoping for insights into the historical and cultural fault lines underscoring the conflict will have to look elsewhere. Still, this is frontline reporting at its finest. (July)

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Kirkus Book Review

A penetrating account of the reality of Putin's war on Ukraine. It is easy to think about Russia's invasion of Ukraine in terms of geopolitical maneuvering and armchair commentary. The value of this book is that it demonstrates the real toll in lives lost and broken. Miller is a journalist who writes for a number of publications, but he has a deep connection with Ukraine, going back to a stint as a teacher in the Peace Corps. He emphasizes that the invasion is merely the latest chapter in the long story of conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and he delves into the background through stories and interviews. He clearly has great affection for the country and its people, and he wonders why it has been plagued by brutal, corrupt governments. Putin, for his part, has argued that Ukraine does not have legitimacy as an independent state and is historically part of Russia. Miller dismisses this claim, like most of what Putin says about Ukraine, as ludicrous, although the presence of a Russian-leaning minority complicates the picture. Most Ukrainians were not surprised when Russian forces came streaming across the border, and the preparations they had made were crucial in their capacity to beat back the invaders. There were plenty of Nazi-level atrocities, but if the Russians had thought that the Ukrainians would be intimidated, they were utterly mistaken. The Ukrainian military was supplemented by legions of volunteers, and advanced weapons from the West leveled the technological battlefield. Traveling around and speaking with people, Miller often finds it hard to maintain journalistic detachment, but his compassion and honesty are appreciated. He avoids a simplistic conclusion, but it looks as if the war has become a slogging match of attrition. Eventually, the Ukrainians will probably expel the Russians, but the final cost will be enormous. With powerful stories and insightful background, Miller provides a human dimension to a bloody conflict. Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.