The Shadow War: Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America

The Shadow War: Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America

by Jim Sciutto


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CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent reveals the invisible fronts of twenty-first century warfare and identifies the ongoing battles being waged—often without the public’s full knowledge—from disinformation campaigns to advanced satellite weaponry.

The United States is currently under attack from multiple adversaries—yet most Americans have no idea of the dangers threatening us. In this eye-opening book, military and intelligence expert and seasoned reporter Jim Sciutto traces the expanding web of attacks that together amount to an undeclared but deeply dangerous war on America.

With in-depth reporting from Ukraine to the South China Sea, Cuba to the earth’s atmosphere, unprecedented access to America’s Space Command, and new information from inside the intelligence agencies tracking election interference, Sciutto draws on his deep knowledge, high-level contacts, and personal experience as a journalist and diplomat to paint the most comprehensive and vivid picture of a nation targeted by a new and disturbing brand of warfare.

America is engaged in a Shadow War on multiple fronts, with multiple enemies. The practitioners include America’s most familiar adversaries: Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. But unlike conventional warfare, these conflicts are conducted in the shadows, with no formal declaration and often use multiple sources, from influential businessmen and lawyers to hackers. And it is happening today.

But America is adapting and fighting back. In The Shadow War, Sciutto introduces the dizzying array of soldiers, sailors, submariners and their commanders, space engineers, computer scientists, and civilians who are on the front lines of this new kind of forever war. Intensive and disturbing, this invaluable and important work opens our eyes and makes clear that future war is here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062853646
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 13,326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jim Sciutto is CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent and CNN Newsroom Anchor based in Washington, D.C. He reports, anchors. and provides analysis across the network's programs and platforms on all aspects of U.S. national security, including foreign policy, the military, and the intelligence community. Prior to joining CNN, Sciutto served as ABC News' senior foreign correspondent.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Inside the Shadow War 1

Chapter 2 Opening Salvo (Russia) 21

Chapter 3 Stealing Secrets (China) 41

Chapter 4 Little Green Men (Russia) 61

Chapter 5 Unsinkable Aircraft Carriers (China) 105

Chapter 6 War in Space (Russia and China) 141

Chapter 7 Hacking an Election (Russia) 185

Chapter 8 Submarine Warfare (Russia and China) 215

Chapter 9 Winning the Shadow War 247

Epilogue 277

Acknowledgments 283

Notes 287

Index 295

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The Shadow War: Inside Russia's and China's Secret Operations to Defeat America 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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LibraryLyn 8 months ago
Jim Sciutto is a well-respected and long-time reporter for ABC and CNN and has held a very senior position in the US State Department in Beijing. This book reports on the ways in which the US has been ignoring/oblivious to Chinese and Russian efforts to undermine both our country's influence internationally and our domestic security. He braids together different threads - military/defense, aerospace, cyber - in an extensively researched and eye opening review of where we have been, where we are now, and where we need to go to maintain our influence and security as a nation and a culture. (ps., the one star reviewer left exactly the kind of comment you'd expect from someone who doesn't read.)
Anonymous 9 months ago
Waste of time and full of lies. Would rather sit through a 5 hour presentation on dirt