• The Plot to Destroy Democracy

  • How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West
  • By: Malcolm Nance, Rob Reiner - foreword
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,512 ratings)

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A provocative, comprehensive analysis of Vladimir Putin and Russia's master plan to destroy democracy in the age of Donald Trump.

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. For the first time, 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. It will show how Russia and its fifth column allies tried to flip the cornerstones of democracy in order to re-engineer the world political order that has kept most of the world free since 1945.  

Career U.S. Intelligence officer Malcolm Nance will examine how Russia has used cyber warfare, 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. 

Based on original research and countless interviews with espionage experts, Nance examines how Putin's recent hacking accomplished a crucial first step for destabilizing the West for Russia, and why Putin is just the man to do it. Nance 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, he 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. 

©2018 Malcolm Nance (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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OH NOOOO

I read this book and thought is was good but a little bit “conspiracy theory” . Then I watched the Putin/Trump press conference! Everything he predicted would happen is starting to happen. Help!

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A must perspective you won’t get anywhere else.

Malcom Nance spent a good deal of his career in Naval Intelligence & later the CIA and knows Russia likely as well as any American. More specifically, he is intimately familiar with the entire history USA-Russia, USA-USSR, and now United States and Russian Federation as well as speaks the language, and studied an intelligence adversary that also happens to be the President... face it, the Tsar of Russia.

The beauty of this book is it’s a compliment to his first book on the topic, the Plot to Hack America. This book is the wide-angle, complete view of the Forrest while the other book was a fascinating and informative almost play-by-play that gives a detailed but comprehensive look at the trees.
A perspective from 30,000 feet that ONLY Mr. Nance or someone with an identical background could provide.

This one is a must if you want to know the back story and learn so much more about the matter than you think you can having followed it for nearly two years and watched the current president implement policies you would think he is taking directly off Vladimir Putin’s wish list. Malcom Nance is an excellent communicator and tells you the whole story in a readable, cohesive narrative with nary a wasted word. Well done yet again, sir.
Thank you for your decades of sacrifice and service!

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Wow!

This is a fantastic, important and scary book. If only 50% of it is true (and I have no reason to doubt any of it), this country is in serious trouble. It will take the will of ALL of the people to fix it.

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We Need to Regain Control of Our Country

I've said since 2016, as things have gotten worse and worse, stranger and stranger, that if anyone had written a book about it in the past, I'd have thought it too unbelievable even for fiction, and wanted my money back. Sadly, this is not fiction. What keeps it from looking like another conspiracy theory is 1) The knowledge, experience, and trustworthiness of Malcolm Nance and 2) We're seeing it happen right in front of our eyes. And despite what the usurper tells us, I WILL believe what I see.

We wonder why the GOP Congress is not doing its check and balance job. The fact is that Russia set this in motion years ago. Many in the GOP have been compromised, and are therefore being complicit with Putin's agenda. I highly recommend that you read this book for the details of how this mess was brought about. It's well written and well narrated, and very informative.

We must vote in the 2018 midterms and take back Congress so we can take back our country!

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Should be read by every real American!

Should be read by every real American before it is too late! Take action now!

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Book gives historical context to modern events

Everyone should listen to this book. Guard yourself against the disinformation attacks lead by Russia by knowing how they operate and what their goals are.

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masterfully written!!!

Author broke down complex facts into info I could understand. you must get this book!!!

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Should be required reading

Make sure to read this outstanding book as soon as possible, but definitely before the 2020 elections. Importantly, you will hear shocking details about things we normally take for granted. Personally, I now believe that our democracy is at more risk than I ever thought before. After reading this, I am deeply concerned about the future of our country. I'm a retired US Navy Officer, and formerly held a top secret security clearance with some knowledge of foreign intelligence operations.

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a must read for any true patriot

A must read document for anyone who's trying to figure out why evangelicals, Republican Congress, NRA and Trump are working on behalf of the Russian government.

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What should have been fascinating, became tedious

I have been something of a fan of Malcolm Nance, who I see often on various MSNBC shows, where he's a frequent contributor. His insights have always impressed me. I should further note that an acquaintance of mine claims that Nance has hyper-inflated his credentials in the field of intelligence... but neither his appearances on TV, nor his book, seems to support that notion; if anything, the book makes his experience and knowledge seem all the more impressive.

That, unfortunately, is what makes the book drag seriously, during the listening. While Nance offers up interesting insights in the methods and practices of Russian disinformation and counterespionage, the book gets very seriously bogged down in seemingly endless and excessive detail. By the time I listened to what seemed like 100 Russian names and back-stories, none of which I can now recall, I rapidly lost interest. While the premise of the book is supposedly contemporary, Nance spends far too much time in excruciating historical background, which seems to me, to add little to the contemporary nature of the topic at hand.

I, no doubt, will still enjoy seeing Malcolm Nance of the various political talk shows... but the book was simply a very hard slog.


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  • Greta Evans
  • 04-12-19

Malcolm Nance explains the facts! A must read!

Excellent book! So thorough. Extensive knowledge. voice a little robotic. only complaint but fantastic book

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  • 07-30-18

Disappointed

I was looking forward to listening to this as I'm convinced trump is compromised by the Russians.
In this era of fake news and the importance of getting facts correct,I absolutely lost interest and lost any credibility in the author when he got two important facts wrong.
1. He claimed that Putin channeled $500 billion to the Ukrainian government to help his puppet retain power...that's just ridiculous.
2.He stated that flight MH17 was shot down in 2017 when in fact it was 2014

Once you get basic facts wrong you lose me and I understandably wonder what other facts are wrong

Very disappointing

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  • 11-03-18

Naive approach in telling “facts”

So the writer is trying to blame every single problem in the western political atmosphere on the Russians, he talks very highly of American values (although nowadays I am not very sure what that means).
His view of international American policy (in my view) is very naive- typical: we are the good guys and they are the bad ones- the USA is certainly just another country that has to fight to protect its own interests around the world using different excuses to affect how things are run on international arena (using freedom, democracy, other big words as a guise to hide the intentions)
Russian policy and American one have the same goals, they use similar means but call them different names!

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  • Shorty
  • 09-05-18

a bit patchy

I found this one slow at the beginning but it warmed up towards the end and finished well

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