An urgent, insightful account of the human side of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine by seasoned war reporter Tim Judah. Making his way from the Polish border in the west, through the capital city and the heart of the 2014 revolution, to the eastern frontline near the Russian border, Tim Judah brings a rare glimpse of the reality behind the headlines. Along the way he talks to the people living through the conflict - mothers, soldiers, businessmen, poets, politicians - whose memories of a contested past shape their attitudes, allegiances and hopes for the future. Together, their stories paint a vivid picture of what the second largest country in Europe feels like in wartime: a nation trapped between powerful forces, both political and historical.
'Visceral, gripping, heartbreaking' Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Haunting . . .timely . . . Interviewing a wide range of people who have been caught up in the recent conflict, Judah concentrates skilfully and affectingly on the human cost' Alexander Larman, Observer
'Comes close to the master, Ryszard Kapuscinski' Roger Boyes, The Times