Russian Roulette by Michael Isikoff

Russian Roulette

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 stre...

Details Russian Roulette

TitleRussian Roulette
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
GenrePolitics, Nonfiction, History, Cultural, Russia

Reviews Russian Roulette

  • Bill Kerwin
    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 journalis...
  • 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.” 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 u...
  • 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 screa...
  • Matt
    I assert my right to call this a #realreviewIn 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 ...
  • Steven Z.
    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...
  • Esil
    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 ...
  • Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*
    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, ...
  • Dan
    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...
  • Scott Helms
    Can’t Wait For the SequelThis 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.
    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 ...
  • Bettie☯
    Miss Universe 2013 MoscowDescription: 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 ...
  • Lisa Reads & Reviews
    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.
  • Sarah
    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 a...
  • Misfit
    “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 ...
  • Lorna
    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 thi...
  • Robert
    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 o...
  • Brenda
    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
    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!
  • J.
    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 gu...
  • Char Freund
    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...
  • Denise Morse
    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
  • Mal Warwick
    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 intellige...
  • 11811 (Eleven)
    National tragedies probably shouldn't be this entertaining.
  • Elizabeth Theiss
    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 painstakingl...
  • Jill Meyer
    Political writers David Corn and Michael Isikoff have written "Russian Roulette", the well-told story of Russia's meddling in the politics of the United States. I'm not judging the political story told, but merely how it was told. The reader has to make up his own mind about the political ramifications of Corn and Isikoff's story, which begins with the 2016 US Presidential election and goes back from there to look at Russia/United States relation...
  • Matt Smith
    The 2016 Presidential Election might have broken my brain a little bit. It was a bad night of no sleep and a pretty bad panic attack. It was a garbage day-after. It has been uniformly shitstorm since the day Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Sure, there've been some good days, but it's been an ever expanding and growing nightmare that spiraled out of the worst days for American Politics.Russian Roulette is a book that's abo...
  • Glenda
    Excellent descriptive timeline of the facts involving the Russian interference in the 2016 election and the aftermath. Well researched and documented. Truth Matters!
  • Cristobal
    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.
  • Robin Case
    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.