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The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.
RUSSIAN ROULETTE is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American history. It weaves together tales of international intrigue, cyber espionage, and superpower rivalry. After U.S.-Russia relations soured, as Vladimir Putin moved to reassert Russian strength on the global stage, Moscow trained its best hackers and trolls on U.S. political targets and exploited WikiLeaks to disseminate information that could affect the 2016 election.
The Russians were wildly successful and the great break-in of 2016 was no "third-rate burglary." It was far more sophisticated and sinister a brazen act of political espionage designed to interfere with American democracy. At the end of the day, Trump, the candidate who pursued business deals in Russia, won. And millions of Americans were left wondering, what the hell happened? This story of high-tech spying and multiple political feuds is told against the backdrop of Trump's strange relationship with Putin and the curious ties between members of his inner circle including Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn and Russia.
RUSSIAN ROULETTE chronicles and explores this bizarre scandal, explains the stakes, and answers one of the biggest questions in American politics: How and why did a foreign government infiltrate the country's political process and gain influence in Washington?
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
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About the Author
Michael Isikoff is an investigative journalist who has worked for the Washington Post, Newsweek, and NBC News. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Uncovering Clinton: A Reporter's Story and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written with David Corn). He is a frequent guest on MSNBC, CNN, and other TV talk shows. Isikoff is currently the chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo! News.
David Corn is a veteran Washington journalist and political commentator. He is the Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine and an analyst for MSNBC. He is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Battled the GOP to Set Up the 2012 Election and Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War (co-written with Michael Isikoff). He is also the author of the biography Blond Ghost: Ted Shackley and the CIA's Crusades and the novel Deep Background.
Table of Contents
Introduction: "It's a shakedown." ix
1 "Mr. Putin would like to meet Mr. Trump." 1
2 "We did not recognize the degree it would tick Putin off." 19
3 "Are we here because Clinton texted us?" 35
4 "You don't know me, but I'm working on a troll farm." 48
5 "This is the new version of Watergate." 62
6 "Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it." 77
7 "He's been a Russian stooge for fifteen years." 93
8 "How the fuck did he get on the list?" 104
9 "If it's what you say I love it." 117
10 "WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead." 126
11 "I have to report this to headquarters." 139
12 "As for the Ukraine amendment, excellent work." 154
13 "Next they're going to put polonium in my tea." 168
14 "We've been told to stand down." 181
15 "He's got me as the fall guy." 197
16 "Does it even matter who hacked this data?" 212
17 "It also could be somebody sitting on their bed who weighs four hundred pounds, OK?" 221
18 "Only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities." 238
19 "We've been ratfucked." 249
20 "This is the real reset of the Western world." 260
21 "We got a sinking feeling It looked like a season of Homeland" 277
Afterword: "Please, my God, can't you stop this?" 295
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Complex, well written, thoughtful and very frightening in many ways. Worth the read. Kat
This book is very detailed and scary. The Russians and Putin are trying to destroy our democracy. Donald Trump is way in over his head and Putin is controlling him. America needs to wake up and take back their country. Highly recommend this book. I had to read a chapter and then close the book and reflect on what I had just read. Excellent book and making me concerned about out country. Well worth the money for this book.
Lots of information pulling the pieces together . The background of the information was valuable to understand news of the day .
This book marshals some interesting facts and figures, but I'm giving it a less-than-stellar rating because it seeks to blame one President -- in this case, Barack Obama -- for America's cyber-incompetence. The fact is, this or any other nation's ability to be hacked by outsiders has been around ever since there has been easy access to the Internet, and possibly even before, when the predecessor of today's 'net existed only in large universities and research facilities. Messing with the American electoral process is the most obvious insult to our wired civilization, but "hacking" has been around a long time.
Exceptionally written, extensively researched by career investigative journalists. It gave me chills. It's shocking to know that these events happened. And you'd think you were reading John Le Carre spy novel.
One of the best non-fiction books I've read in quite awhile. I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about Trump, Russia, and 2016 election (other than investigation, of course), boy, was I wrong. Riveting and interesting, but also frightening at how Putin and Russia can harm our very fragile democracy unless we wake up and pay attention.
This book is a must read to learn more about the 2016 election and Trump.
This book is very good. If you’re an American you need to read this.
Of course the Trumpflakes and hillbillies will not like it, in addition to being unable to read beyond a 1st grade level.