Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump

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.

Written by famed writers Michael Isikoff and  David CornRUSSIAN 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?

Michael Isikoff is an investigative journalist who has worked for the Washington PostNewsweek, 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.


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  1. Pfft. A book about nothing. Everything Trump has done on an international level since he’s been president has been diametrically opposed to the interests of Russia. Let’s be clear, Russia’s president has been accused of a lot of things, indeed, but being stupid is not one of them. So, explain to me again why a world champion chess player would risk the inevitable backlash of meddling in US elections, to facilitate the election of a US president who will do nothing but bad things for Russia? It is not logical.

    If I’m not mistaken, the allegations of Russia hacking the DNC and providing the Clinton emails to wiki-leaks were demolished by a technical analysis of the data transfer. Which, based on the speed of the data transfer, proved beyond reasonable doubt that the DNC emails were obtained by someone inside the building with access to the files, via a thumb drive type device. Not by any foreign government.

    • The results of the technical analysis of the data transfer further confirmed the suspicions of many inside the US intel community, that the DNC emails were leaked from the inside, not hacked from the outside. Those with technical experience ranging from designing the world’s first security software for PC, to those who wrote the code for the data mining programs used by the NSA to this day, to Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, to the man who wrote the book on counter-terrorism for the state department and served under five different presidential administrations, a multitude of experts with decades of technical experience knew from the beginning that the DNC emails were leaked from the inside, not hacked by any foreign nation state.

    • Clinton suggested that “Russia did it” so that people would pay attention to that, instead of paying attention to the content of those emails, and it worked. The lame stream media is still spewing the Russian hacking conspiracy theory everyday, all day and not one word about the content of the ‘leaked’ emails.

      After more than a year of investigation, they have still provided zero proof that Russia conspired with Trump to put him in the White House. They had their story first and then wasted millions of taxpayer dollars looking under ever rug for something, anything to prove their made up BS was, or even could be true. Still waiting…I’ll end with an open challenge I’ve left on every site I comment on. Provide me with a list of people connected to Russia who helped put Trump in the White House, and I’ll provide a list of people with ties to Israel who helped put Trump in the White House and we’ll see which list is longer…

    • But don’t get me wrong, I almost wish this “Russia-gate” BS was true. It would be nice to see Murika get a taste of it’s own medicine, after interfering in more than 80 foreign elections and overthrowing more than 30 foreign governments since WW2.

  2. Here it is 18 months later and they are still pushing the old ‘Russia hacked the campaign’ BS. Had the DNC not rigged the democrat primary, Hilary Clinton would have lost to Bernie Sanders – I never ever would have voted for Hilary Clinton no matter what, as I see her as the epitome of evil, (her giggling and cackling about the way Gaddafi was brutally killed really creeped me out). I voted Green Party and bad as Trump is, Hilary Clinton would have been far worse. Meanwhile CNN, MSNBC, Yahoo News and others have been constantly hyper-critical of Trump, trying desperately to topple his presidency – I wonder why the MSM were nowhere near as vigilant when the Supreme Court appointed George W Bush as president in late 1999. Much as I dislike Trump, he was elected fair and square, unlike GW.

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