VIRTUAL EVENT | Tim Weiner, The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare, 1945-2020 in conversation with Politico’s Natasha Bertrand

VIRTUAL EVENT | Tim Weiner, The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare, 1945-2020 in conversation with Politico’s Natasha Bertrand

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With vivid storytelling and riveting insider accounts, Weiner traces the roots of political warfare – the conflict America and Russia have waged with espionage, sabotage, diplomacy and disinformation – from 1945 until 2020. America won the cold war, but Russia is winning today. Vladimir Putin helped to put his chosen candidate in the White House with a covert campaign that continues to this moment. Putin’s Russia has revived Soviet-era intelligence operations gaining ever more potent information from—and influence over—the American people and government. Yet the US has put little power into its defense. This has put American democracy in peril.

Weiner takes us behind closed doors, illuminating Russian and American intelligence operations and their consequences. To get to the heart of what is at stake and find potential solutions, he examines long-running 20th century CIA operations, the global political machinations of the Soviet KGB around the world, the erosion of American political warfare after the Cold War, and how 21st century Russia has kept the cold war alive. The Folly and the Glory is an urgent call to our leaders and citizens to understand the nature of political warfare – and to change course before it’s too late.

Tim Weiner has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for his reporting and writing on national security and intelligence. He covered the CIA, the war in Afghanistan, and crises and conflicts in fourteen nations for The New York Times. Weiner has taught history and writing at Princeton and Columbia. The Folly and the Glory is his sixth book.

Natasha Bertrand is POLITICO's national security correspondent. Previously, she was a staff writer for The Atlantic covering national security and politics. She worked as a politics reporter for Business Insider after graduating from Vassar College in 2014. She is an NBC News and MSNBC contributor.

This virtual event is free and open to the public. The Folly and the Glory is available for purchase online at A Cappella Books.

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