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Sunday, January 27, 2019
SUNDAY REVIEW / EVEN THE TABLE OF CONTENTS IS RIVETING READING
ROULETTE is...the most thorough and riveting account." -- TheNew York
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.
ROULETTE is a story of political skullduggery unprecedented in American
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.
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.
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.
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?
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."
1 "Mr. Putin would like to meet Mr.
2 "We did not recognize the degree it
would tick Putin off." 19
3 "Are we here because Clinton texted
4 "You don't know me, but I'm working
on a troll farm." 48
5 "This is the new version of
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
9 "If it's what you say I love
10 "WikiLeaks has a very big year
11 "I have to report this to
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
15 "He's got me as the fall guy."
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.