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Rigged: America, Russia, and one hundred years of covert electoral interference

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display_descriptionA New York Times Editors' Choice Book
A Washington Post Notable Work of Nonfiction in 2020
Named one of the five best books in Politics & Current Events by the 2020 Outstanding Work of Literature Awards
"The first book to put the story of Russian interference into a broader context. . . Extraordinary and gripping. . . With the pacing of a thriller and the insight of a superb work of history. . . this book is nothing less than essential reading.
—Tim Naftali, The New York Times Book Review
The definitive history of the covert struggle between Russia and America to influence elections, why the threat to American democracy is greater than ever in 2020, and what we can do about it.

Russia's interference in 2016 marked only the latest chapter of a hidden and revelatory history. In Rigged, David Shimer tells the sweeping story of covert electoral interference past and present. He exposes decades of secret operations—by the KGB, the CIA, and Vladimir Putin's Russia—to shape electoral outcomes, melding deep historical research with groundbreaking interviews with more than 130 key players, from leading officials in both the Trump and Obama administrations, to CIA and NSA directors, to a former KGB general.
What Americans should make of Russia's attack in 2016 is still hotly debated, even after the Mueller report and years of media coverage. Shimer shows that Putin's operation was, in fact, a continuation of an ongoing struggle, using familiar weapons radically enhanced by new technology. Throughout history and in 2016, both Russian and American operations achieved their greatest success by influencing the way voters think, rather than tampering with actual vote tallies.
Casting aside partisanship and sensationalism, Rigged reveals new details about what Russia achieved in 2016, how the Obama administration responded, and why Putin has also been interfering covertly in elections across the globe in recent years, while American presidents have largely refrained from doing so. Shimer also makes disturbingly clear that this type of intrusion can be used to harm Democrats and Republicans alike. Russia's central aim is to undermine and disrupt our democracy, to the detriment of all Americans.
Understanding 2016 as one battle in a much longer war is essential to understanding the critical threat currently posed to America's electoral sovereignty and how to defend against it. Illuminating how the lessons of the past can be used to protect our democracy in the future, Rigged is an essential book for readers of every political persuasion.
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subject_facetElections -- Corrupt practices -- Russia
Elections -- Corrupt practices -- United States
Elections -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich, -- 1952-
Russia (Federation) -- Foreign relations -- United States
Trump, Donald, -- 1946-
United States -- Foreign relations -- Russia (Federation)
United States -- Politics and government -- 2009-2017
title_displayRigged : America, Russia, and one hundred years of covert electoral interference
title_fullRigged : America, Russia, and one hundred years of covert electoral interference / David Shimer
Rigged America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference
title_shortRigged
title_subAmerica, Russia, and one hundred years of covert electoral interference
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Elections
Foreign relations
History
Media Studies
Nonfiction
Politics
Politics and government
Putin, Vladimir Vladimirovich
Trump, Donald