The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West

The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author provides a provocative, comprehensive analysis of Vladimir Putin and Russia's master plan to destroy democracy in the age of Donald Trump, with a foreword by Rob Reiner.

"A convincing cry that treason is afoot." - Kirkus Reviews

"[E]ven as this plot gets more intricate (and, yes, sometimes it does read like a political thriller), readers will be turning pages quickly, feeling both anxiety and betrayal. . . . [E]ven supporters of the president will have something to think about." - Booklist

In the greatest intelligence operation in the history of the world, Donald Trump was made President of the United States with the assistance of a foreign power. The Plot to Destroy Democracy reveals the dramatic story of how blackmail, espionage, assassination, and psychological warfare were used by Vladimir Putin and his spy agencies to steal the 2016 U.S. election-and attempted to bring about the fall of NATO, the European Union, and Western democracy.

Career U.S. intelligence officer Malcolm Nance examines how Russia has used cyberwarfare, political propaganda, and manipulation of our perception of reality-and will do so again-to weaponize American news, traditional media, social media, and the workings of the internet to attack and break apart democratic institutions from within, and what we can expect to come should we fail to stop their next attack.

Nance has utilized top secret Russian-sourced political and hybrid warfare strategy documents to demonstrate the master plan to undermine American institutions that has been in effect from the Cold War to the present day. He exposes how Russia has supported the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout both the U.S. and Europe to leverage an axis of autocracy, and how Putin's agencies have worked since 2010 to bring fringe candidate Donald Trump into elections.

Revelatory, insightful, and shocking, The Plot to Destroy Democracy puts a professional spy lens on Putin's plot and unravels it play-by-play. In the end, Nance provides a better understanding of why Putin's efforts are a serious threat to our national security and global alliances-in much more than one election-and a blistering indictment of Putin's puppet, President Donald J. Trump.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316484831
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 04/16/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 53,111
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Malcolm Nance is author of the New York Times bestseller The Plot to Destroy Democracy. He is a globally recognized Intelligence community member and a counter-terrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

Section I Cyber Bears 5

1 Shots Fired 7

2 Reporting to Moscow 27

3 Make Russia Great Again 40

4 Putin's Philosophy 64

5 A Rising Russia, a Failing America 76

Section II Bullets, Lies, Laptops, and Spies 93

6 Active Measures 95

7 Fake News 121

8 Internet Research Agency & Russian Cyber Weapons 137

9 Hail Hydra! 159

10 The Axis of Autocracy 188

11 Operation GLOBAL GRIZZLY 195

Section III America Under Siege…from Within 221

12 Russia's American Beachhead 223

13 The American Fifth Column 243

14 A Treasonous Aspect 263

Epilogue: "Freedom Is a Light" 288

Acknowledgments 295

Notes 297

Index 329

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The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
CharlesB12 More than 1 year ago
If you read the indictment of the twelve Russian officers who hacked the last election, you will find this even more informative. There is a slight slipup around page 150 when some information is repeated verbatim and in some cases close to verbatim from previous pages. But today, editors aren't quite as good as they used to be. All-in-all this is a very informative book that will surprise most readers. Well worth the read and a bit scary about the future of our Democratic Republic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for all patriots