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

Russian Roulette

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

Paperback Published: 20th March 2018
ISBN: 9781538731802
Number Of Pages: 352

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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?

About the Authors

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.

Industry Reviews

"Two of the best and most accomplished investigative reporters of their generation, two of the best investigative reporters we have in this country... [A] superpower reporting team." - Rachel Maddow

"Russian Roulette is... the most thorough and riveting account." - The New York Times

"Russian Roulette performs an important service in tracing how establishment Washington... came to understand that what Russia was (and reportedly is still) up to was not routine espionage... [Russian Roulette] is engaging, smart." - The Washington Post

"[Russian Roulette] does an outstanding job of putting the Russia-Trump story into context, separating rumor from fact and adding new information... A smart, solid, even-handed book that future historians will use as a starting point." - Booklist (starred review)

"Riveting." - Newsweek

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 f**k 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 could also 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 ratf**ked." - 249
20. "This is the real reset of the Western world." - 260
21. "We've got a sinking feeling... It looked like a season of Homeland." - 277
Afterword: "Please, my God, can't you stop this?" - 295

Acknowledgements - 307
Notes - 311
Index - 327

ISBN: 9781538731802
ISBN-10: 1538731800
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 20th March 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1

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