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When the dust settled on the race for the White House in 2016, there came with the election disquieting news that something was not quite right. Those of us non-politicians who took a keen interest in the 2016 US presidential election had seen a combative Donald Trump lead a campaign based on lies, division and hatred. To free-thinking people around the world, not just Americans, Trump’s campaign was a whirlwind of craziness that somehow led him to become the 45th President of the United States. What was wrong with that picture? Everything! Even I, a Brit living in Cyprus, knew that Americans would never elect a man like Trump. But here we are, a year later, and Donald Trump is still the president and the world is not only amazed he managed to be elected, we’re collectively amazed he hasn’t triggered World War III… yet!

It was not long after the actual election that I noticed hints at alleged hacks into campaign computers. At this point I hadn’t been ‘hooked’ on the Rachel Maddow show. But it wasn’t long before news from the states reached the world of YouTube and I was becoming an inveterate watcher of all news relating to the hacking in America.

Again, as with much of my reading over the last year, Rachel Maddow’s show led me to more information on the subject of the DNC’s hacked computers. Her reporting also led me to that stalwart of all matters regarding US intelligence, Malcom Nance.

Nance’s book, The Plot to Hack America, is a tour de force. If you are in any doubt to the veracity of the accusations that the US election in 2016 was hacked by Russia, then read this book for a simple and uncomplicated explanation. Nance walks you through what happened and introduces the reader to all the parts played by those in Russia, America and of course organisations such as Wikileaks and Fox News.

It’s a tangled web of intrigue, behind the scenes back-channels and out and out betrayal on the highest and lowest levels, yet Nance makes sense of it all with considerable depth and aplomb.

If you need to understand more about the hacking of American democracy, look no further than Malcom Nance’s The Plot to Hack America.

Tom Kane © 2017
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