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

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  6,136 ratings  ·  849 reviews
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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by Twelve
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Bill Kerwin
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics

Can there be such a thing as a definitive account of a complex, evolving political scandal? Perhaps not, but if such a thing were possible, Russian Roulette would be that book.

There is a professionalism and solidity to Michael Isikoff and David Corn’s reporting that insures Russian Roulette's continuing relevance, despite the changing landscape of scandal, the revolving carousel of malefactors. Isikoff and Corn are good, old-fashioned journalists, with a brisk, economic reportorial style (their
Jeffrey Keeten
”Putin had once called the collapse of the Soviet Union the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century.’ He was a Russian nationalist to his core. He wanted to extend Russian power, restoring its spheres of influence. He was an autocrat in the long tradition of Russian strongmen.”

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Thank you! America!

To me, the biggest threat to the continued security of the world is Vladimir Putin. He wants to build through creating chaos. I grew up under the auspicious umbrella of the Cold War. We wer
Michael Finocchiaro
This was really a great piece of journalism but so incredibly soul-crushing. The multiple errors of the HRC campaign and the Obama administration in not exposing the Russian hacks, Comey’s treacherous (sorry, but it was totally partisan on his part) re-opening of the bogus Clinton email investigation after the disgusting Access Hollywood tape was forgotten and the Podesta email dump had stolen the headlines. It makes me cringe and want to scream that we have Blotus in Washington undermining demo ...more
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not looking forward to the sequel. ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I assert my right to call this a #realreview

In possession of three somewhat inter-related books on the 45th POTUS, I thought that I would craft what I am calling my Trump Trifecta, which fits nicely into this non-fiction binge whose time is waning. Some may dispute the ‘non-fiction’ nature of these books, but that is for the reviewer (myself included) to decide in analysis while weighing the information presented. After reading about some of the wonky goings-on during the first year in the Trump
Aug 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-events
Isikoff and Corn trace Trump’s and his associates’ contacts with Russian businessmen and officials beginning with the Miss Universe contest in 2013 in Moscow and ending when he becomes president. They give a blow by blow of the 2016 presidential election with respect to Russian disinformation campaigns, Russian hacking of the Democrats, Wikileaks, the Clinton email controversy and the Steele dossier. They report the involvement and responses of Trump, Clinton, Obama and other key people to these ...more
Steven Z.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Each day it seems there is a new revelation related to Russian actions during the 2016 presidential election. Today for example, the New York Times reported that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller has subpoenaed records of the Trump Organization to examine its relationship with Russia. As the information keeps flowing in newspapers and cable TV, and having read COLLUSION: SECRET MEETINGS, DIRTY MONEY, AND HOW RUSSIA HELPED DONALD TRUMP WIN by Luke Harding, and FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff my he ...more
Stephanie *Eff your feelings*
The Russian government is an asshole government. SURPRISE!

The FSB (formerly the KGB) were harassing our diplomats prior to the Obama administration. They were beating them up, threatening them and their loved ones, and even killing their pets while they were out. Assholes.

I am not one that would say positive things about Mitt Romney, mostly I’d just make fun of him; but do you recall during one of the debates, that he had with president Obama, when the question asked was “What is the biggest thr
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars

Reading books about current US politics is completely useless. While Russian Roulette pulls together a lot of information about how Russia interfered in the US 2016 election, the information in the book has been overtaken many times over by the daily headlines since its publication.

Having said that, Russian Roulette does a good job of laying out what was known by the authors at the time they researched and wrote the book. Unfortunately while it all sounds like a scary dystopian novel,
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is difficult for a journalistic book written on current unfolding events to be a great one. There is simply not enough historical distance between the events of 2016 and earlier and today and the news keeps unfolding like the Cambridge Analytica and Facebook targeted political ad news.

Russian Roulette does fill in a large number of holes in the Trump/Russia conspiracy. Russia has been actively cultivating Trump for more than a decade. The book alleges numerous bribes that Trump paid to Russia
Scott Helms
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can’t Wait For the Sequel

This book was one 1/2 WTF and 1/2 OMG!
It will go down in history as the definitive first history of the scandal that has consumed our country for over two years now.
It was well researched and well written. I would think skeptics of Russian meddling would change their tune after reading.
Hoping the sequel is titled: Russian Roulette II, The Prison Years: An Ode to US Patriot Robert Mueller.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This book marshals some interesting facts and figures, but I'm giving it a less-than-stellar rating because it seeks to blame one President -- in this case, Barack Obama -- for America's cyber-incompetence. The fact is, this or any other nation's ability to be hacked by outsiders has been around ever since there has been easy access to the Internet, and possibly even before, when the predecessor of today's 'net existed only in large universities and research facilities. Messing with the American ...more
Lisa Reads & Reviews
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best summary of the Russian attacks on our democracy that I've read so far. Trump is a co-conspirator, a traitor, and an illegitimate occupier of the White House. The sooner he and his circus of criminals are removed, the better. ...more
Miss Universe 2013 Moscow

Description: 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 w
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump is a well-researched book by veteran journalists and investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn, one of international espionage and political intrigue set in motion to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. However, if you have been paying attention to the daily news, there is not any new or groundbreaking information disclosed in this book. It is impossible to stay ahead of the dai ...more
This is a comprehensive look at everything we currently know about Russian interference in the 2016 election, connections between Trump's campaign and Russia, and reactions of both campaigns and the media to the scandal. I recommend the audio, as dealing with all the Russian names was easier for me when hearing them than it would have reading them. A lot of this was stuff I'd already heard, but there were many details that were unfamiliar to me and it was quite staggering to have it all put toge ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“If this is true,” he exclaimed, “it’s treason.”

That quote, and the context it was made are towards the end of the book, so I won't tell you more.

This was a fascinating read, and at times reads like a spy novel. It starts at the beginning of it all and leads the reader through all the twists and turns of each new development in this saga. Interesting how long it took the reporters to start putting it all together, as was the same for the intelligence community.
Robin Case
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not impressed. I found the writing style to be a little low brow and annoying. A lot of fluff and ugly pointless fill. A lot of name dropping. Makes the 1% look like the perverts they probably are. Trump's behavior is about par for this group. You can skip this one and never miss it. Nothing new of any substance. Gossip and not much more than that. If you followed the election you already know this stuff. ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, first-edition
This would have been more fun to read - if I hadn't already watched Rachel Maddow every night for this past year of Trumpian horror. Nevertheless, even though there was virtually NOTHING new in the book, it was still interesting to read it through Isikoff's and Korn's eyes. They put everything in order and took a few of the characters (and what a plethora of WEIRD characters there are) and added some details. How did Trump find these dudes? One of the best lines (and a chapter heading) comes fro ...more
This a well researched and informative "history" of the investigation into Russia's numerous attempts to influence and undermine the 2016 presidential election. While much of the information is not new, the book provides a context for the unfolding investigation and deepened my understanding of what I am witnessing only a daily basis in the news. ...more
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this book. Period. Especially here in the United States. I knew about most of the things authors Corn & Isikoff write in the book, having watched lots of MSNBC in the last 24 months. The U.S. has been taken over by agents of Russia and this book explains in a clear, understandable fashion how that happened.

Why Americans are not more upset about this is beyond me.

Read. This. Book.
Jeff Dickison
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a well written book, all too familiar, and very depressing. I was a member of the Air Force Security Service in the 60's and the Russians are still using some of the same tactics to ensnare stupid and crooked Americans. The book is not really finished because the scandal is not still finished, and won't be until Trump and this thugs are in jail. To think that Americans elected this piece of crap! ...more
Denise Morse
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Extremely well-written, well researched and the definitive guide to everything happening in the world right now relating to Trump and Russia.

The book truly lays out everything in an easy to understand, chronological order. So many insights and so many connections. It is a must read.

Spoiler alert: Its NOT a WITCH HUNT
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This thing read like a Tom Clancy novel where Jack Ryan and Company don’t actually get their shit together and end up saving the day. How exasperating.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
Shelves: russia
This is a solid investigative journalism book about the connection between Donald Trump and various Russian interests - both governmental and non-governmental. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the current controversy surrounding the President, as to the degree of cooperation between Russian intelligence and the Trump campaign, and how much money was poured into US right wing political organizations and campaigns by the government of Russia to ensure that an authoritarian-friendly Pre ...more
For What It's Worth :
Let's start off with a quick confession. I've been a politics junkie of late, and nothing is more fascinating in this era than the Trump-Russia probe. An adventure that's got everything-- white-knuckle moments of confrontation and accusation, intriguing coldwar-reprise spycraft & deception, and near-shakespearean levels of hubris and ominously flawed self-regard. A tale of a doomed, reverse Excalibur, where he (insert your guess here) who dares grasp the sword is fated to li
Mal Warwick
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
Unless you've experienced sensory deprivation for the last year and a half, you know that Russians influenced the 2016 election. Overwhelming evidence has come to light and dribbled out through hundreds of news stories and books. Not to mention the indictments that have already come down through Robert Mueller's investigation of the Trump campaign's multiple links to the Kremlin. Much less well known outside the confines of the American intelligence establishment are the facts about exactly what ...more
Char Freund
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Please don’t read this review if you plan on arguing politics.

My interest in history is more investigative. Why did that happen? What if y happened instead of x? How did we get to here? Where does this end?

So this book answers a lot for me. I have been following and researching the Russian interest in the election since the “Russia, if you're listening...” declaration in the debates. I read Bannon’s essays on overthrowing the Vatican and the Constitution. I read the bios of the Cabinet members
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
Gabriel Garcia's "Chronicles of a Death Fortold" version of Trump's winning presidential election! ...more
Elizabeth Theiss
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: russian-politics
When Trump was elected to the US presidency, it seemed impossible that my fellow citizens could have voted for a narcissist with a history of sexual assault and harassment, multiple bankruptcies, a nasty habit of constant lying, and no moral compass. As it turns out, Trump had plenty of help from Russian operatives during his campaign. While the extent to which Trump campaign staff coordinated with Russia is unclear, Isikoff and Corn painstakingly document relationships and meetings between infl ...more
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Michael Isikoff is an investigative journalist who has worked for the Washington Post, Newsweek, and NBC News. He is the author of two New York Timesbestsellers, 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 ch ...more

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