The ‘Russiagate’ affair is one of the most far-reaching political events of recent years. But what exactly was the nature and extent of Russian interference in the campaign that led to the presidency of Donald J. Trump? Richard Sakwa sets out the dramatic series of events that combined to create Russiagate and examines whether together they form a persuasive account of Russia’s role in the extraordinary 2016 American election. Offering a meticulous account of the multiple layers in play, his authoritative analysis challenges the claims of Russian interference and collusion. As we enter into a new cold war, this myth-busting, accessible and balanced account is essential reading to understand contemporary East-West relations.
Richard Sakwa is professor of Russian and European Politics at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK
Chapter 1. The Russians Are Coming
Chapter 2. Trump Ascends
Chapter 3. Trump and Russia
Chapter 4. Russiagate and the New Cold War
Chapter 5. Hacking the Election
Chapter 6. Social Media Meddling
Chapter 7. Conspiracy, Collusion and Crossfire Hurricane
Chapter 8. The Steele Dossier
Chapter 9. Spinning Russiagate
Chapter 10. Flynn and the Russian Concussion
Chapter 11. Suspicious Activity
Chapter 12. Mueller Investigates
Chapter 13. Russiagate Questioned
Chapter 14. Fruit of a Poisoned Tree
Chapter 15. Worse than Watergate
Chapter 16. Deception and the New Cold War
Sakwa is not the first to make these points, but his is an exceptionally detailed and well-documented account of all the major episodes covered by the Trump-Russia probes.
This book is quite possibly one of the most important I have ever read. … This promises to be an exceptionally durable, go-to work on a matter of great importance.
The book is likely to become an authoritative account of the issue that future scholars of US-Russia relations will have to consult particularly when it comes to analyzing the domestic role that Russia has played in American politics since Donald Trump’s election in 2016.