The author has written a book that is about situation developing over the abundance of natural resources in the Arctic Ocean. With global warming, the Arctic is melting and is opening previously unattainable areas to exploration. The United States, Russia, and China are all rushing to exploit these new areas. It is the author's contention that the U.S. is falling behind the Russians in this area. It seems like the author is trying to create a new Cold War between the Russian and the United States, using the Arctic as his main cause. He demonizes Putin, and places the blame at his feet for the "coming conflict". What he fails to take into consideration is that Putin, as aggressive as he is, will not be there forever. And also the fact that the United States is placing a lot of emphasis on the Arctic also (see recent N.O.A.A. reports). The author argues that the U.S. has to have control of the Arctic Ocean. I ask why? Is the Arctic not adjacent to Russia also? Shouldn't they have as much "control" as the U.S.? It seems the author is clamoring to create an atmosphere where the two countries are again at odds. Perhaps based on his previous military connections, and to advance those connections in the future? I don't know, but I do know that, based on his book, the case for a new Cold War has not been made.