Isikoff, Michael, author.
New York : Twelve, 2018.
xi, 339 pages ; 24 cm
“Mr. Putin would like to meet Mr. Trump.” — “We did not recognize the degree it would tick Putin off.” — “Are we here because Clinton texted us?” — “You don’t know me, but I’m working on a troll farm.” — “This is the new version of Watergate.” — “Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it.” — “He’s been a Russian stooge for fifteen years.” — “How the fuck did he get on the list?” — “If it’s what you say I love it.” — “WikiLeaks has a very big year ahead.” — “I have to report this to headquarters.” — “As for the Ukraine amendment, excellent work.” — “Next they’re going to put polonium in my tea.” — “We’ve been told to stand down.” — “He’s got me as the fall guy.” — “Does it even matter who hacked this data?” — “It also could be somebody sitting on their bed who weighs four hundred pounds, OK?” — “Only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.” — “We’ve been ratfucked.” — “This is the real reset of the Western world.” — “We got a sinking feeling …. It looked like a season of Homeland.” — Afterword: “Please, my God, can’t you stop this?”
“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?”–Dust jacket.