Russian Roulette

Russian Roulette

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

Large Print - 2018
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"How American democracy was hacked by Moscow to influence the U.S. election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency." -- From book jacket.
Publisher: New York : Twelve, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781538713433
Characteristics: xii, 544 pages (large print) ; 24 cm
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Additional Contributors: Corn, David - Author


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Aug 15, 2018

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.

Aug 15, 2018

This is a lot of information and it probably could've been done in two books rather than one. I liked the narrative quality of the book as it acts more like someone speaking to you rhetorically. Like, "hey, what's going on," while also adding new information.

It also shows the scatter-brained problems that have resulted from Russian influence on the election. While I hoped for more continuity, I can certainly understand why it's been done the way it was done: this was no typical narrative, easy to read and be done with it.

It is somewhat critical of the Democratic party and the Obama administration, but at the same time shows that it was perhaps inevitable and that there was little they could do--except, perhaps, make it worse. And, of course, like many books published in the past year, the notes are very shoddy and limited; I'd like to see a more comprehensive list of sources though I did like the direct links that people can easily access.

For what it's worth, it's a good book and worth reading especially if you're interested in the Russian angle as I've read other books that provide similar, yet not so detailed information, (thinking of Comey's book).

Jun 23, 2018

The text lives up to the billing suggested by the title. A rare combination of Russian manipulation, Comey's ineptitude, Obama's timidity, Trump's cunning & Hillary's urge to run around stirring up apathy led to the shocking--yet somewhat predictable--result. A superb book with a fascinating fly-on-the-wall insight.

Jun 14, 2018

The Fourth Estate is alive and well as shown by this comprehensive book which explores the people and events associated with Russia’s meddling in the US 2016 Presidential Election. Balanced and well-written by investigative and veteran journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn, RUSSIAN ROULETTE reads like an intriguing spy novel, but unfortunately it’s all too true. No matter your politics, RUSSIAN ROULETTE puts the news from the last 2 years into context and helps one understand the bigger picture.

May 22, 2018

This book, a compilation of events leading to and including the 2016 presidential election, written by two investigative national journalists, gives the fullest journal of events of Russian and American collusion to hurt Hillary Clinton and to help Trump win the 2016 election. Americans born in the 21st century do not remember the awful effects of living under communism and fascism, and they do not recognize that Trump has no concept of democracy and that he will go with any system that brings him maximum praise and maximum financial gain. Americans growing up after mid-20th century realize that the fact that Roy Cohn and Vladimir Putin are Trump's biggest heroes, is a clue that American democracy is now under existential threat.

Apr 21, 2018

Excellent coverage and detailed info on all the Russian fingerprints that were left after this election. This had been going on for sometime and our government was too naive to realize the depth that Russia would go to. We have just been too naive to understand the dangers Russia presented.

Apr 14, 2018

'Russian Roulette' is an excellent and timely read...very well researched and written. I highly recommend it.


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