Aug 8, 2023 - World

CNN anchor Jim Sciutto writes book exploring world's new "1939 moment"


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CNN anchor and chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto will be out in March with a new book on the "definitive break between the post–Cold War era and an entirely new and uncertain one."

Zoom in: Sciutto tells Axios he's been working on "The Return of Great Powers" since anchoring and reporting from Lviv on the first day of the war in Ukraine, in February 2022.

  • "The invasion struck me as a clean break with the previous 30 years of relative peace in Europe — the post-1989 era we'd all celebrated and grown accustomed to," he said.

The big picture: Sciutto says the book is a culmination of his years of reporting abroad.

  • "I feel like I've been researching this book for 25 years — through multiple assignments in China, Russia, Europe and Asia," Sciutto says, per a press release.
  • "I've seen the threads of great power conflict developing over those years, and now we're witnessing them come together in a truly dangerous time."

Sciutto said on CNN as the war in Ukraine began that we're living a "1939 moment," referring to the prelude to World War II.

  • This new post–post–Cold War era includes an "increasingly aligned Russian and Chinese governments, and the flashpoint of a new, global nuclear arms race."

Zoom out: Back in 2019, when he published "The Shadow War," Sciutto says "the war among the great powers was in the shadows. Now it has gone hot."

  • The book comes out March 12, 2024.
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