Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

by Michael Isikoff, David Corn


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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump by Michael Isikoff, David Corn


"RUSSIAN ROULETTE is...the most thorough and riveting account." —The New York Times

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538728758
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/13/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 5,978
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Isikoff is an American investigative journalist, who has worked for the Washington Post, Newsweek and NBC News. He is the author of two New York Timesbest-sellers, 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 currently is 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 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

Acknowledgments 307

Notes 311

Index 327

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Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Complex, well written, thoughtful and very frightening in many ways. Worth the read. Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of information pulling the pieces together . The background of the information was valuable to understand news of the day .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
al-in-chgo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
An interesting read but I thought the majority of the book used hearsay heavily to promote as fact. It is an interesting perspective on a subject that I am quite sure has Putin rolling on the floor laughing at American. His plan is a success! Keep the American political machine fighting among themselves. We will destroy ourselves! And Putin didn't even have to attack. Well played sir, well played!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read to learn more about the 2016 election and Trump.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book - everything I expected and more. Glad I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Truly Amazing & eye opening at the same time. Our Democratic Republic has been compromised. The guilty must be brought to justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An absolutely riveting read of a very dangerous occurrence--Russians interfering in our elections for the benefit of a person utterly unfit to hold any office. It is both engrossing and terrifying at the same time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. If you’re an American you need to read this.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course the Trumpflakes and hillbillies will not like it, in addition to being unable to read beyond a 1st grade level.