"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?
And finally this book explains how Vladimir Putin and Russia hacked an American election as part of a covert operation to subvert the United States' democracy and help Donald Trump win the presidency.
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" 27
Afterword: "Please, my God, can't you stop this?" 295
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Michael Isikoff (left) 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.