Naval War College Review


In August 2008, Russia shattered the post–Cold War peace in Europe by in- vading the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Though only days long, that war dashed NATO’s hopes to expand to the Caucasus and sparked fundamental reevaluations of American and Euro- pean Union (EU) relations with Russia. Ronald Asmus’s A Little War That Shook the World is an engaging read that combines the best available history of the war with a broader analysis of the geopolitical forces that led to it.