Malcolm Nance is author of the New York Times bestseller The Plot to Hack America and an intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He is a former career US intelligence officer.
In The Plot to Destroy Democracy (Hachette Books ) Malcolm Nance examines how Russia has used cyber warfare, political propaganda, and manipulation of our perception of reality to weaponize American news, traditional media, social media, and the workings of the internet. Its objective, Nance argues, is to attack and break apart democratic institutions from within — and he also warns readers about and what can be expected to happen should we fail to stop their next attack. Utilizing top secret Russian-sourced political and hybrid warfare strategy documents, Nance writes about the 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, he scrutinizes the recent hacking, exposes Russia’s support of right-wing extremists throughout both the U.S. and Europe, and examines how Putin’s agencies have worked since 2010 to bring fringe candidate Donald Trump into elections. The Plot to Destroy Democracy provides a better understanding of why Putin’s efforts are a serious threat to our national security and global alliances –and is also a blistering indictment of President Donald J. Trump. Kirkus Reviews note that “Nance traces the revival of Russian enmity to Putin’s second term as president, when he turned his KGB training to good use in weakening his American opponents by exploiting their divisions-exactly what those active measures are supposed to do… A convincing…cry that treason is afoot.”