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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 9.13.20
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

RIGGED

The book is Rigged -- America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference by David Shimer.

In the podcast Shimer is interviewed for Politics & Prose by Timothy Snyder, one of my favorite authors. The book presents the sweeping story of covert electoral interference past and present.

It exposes decades of secret operations -- by the KGB, the CIA, and Vladimir Putin's Russia -- to shape electoral outcomes. Rigged melds deep historical research with groundbreaking interviews with more than 130 key players, from leading officials in both the Trump and Obama administrations, to CIA and NSA directors, to a former KGB general.

Shimer talks about the interference of the CIA in the Italian 1948 election, which took place just before I arrived in Germany and two months before the start of the Berlin Airlift. The HUGE win of Luigi Einaudi over the Communists in Italy may have influenced the Soviets to move ahead with the Berlin Blockade in search of a win. Of course, we all know that this too resulted in a loss for the USSR but it provided a lot of excitement for us in Germany at the time.

The podcast is worth the hour and the book is on my list.

https://www.politics-prose.com/video/rigged-david-shimer

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