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The shadow war : inside Russia's and China's secret operations to defeat America
1st ed.
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308 pages ; 24 cm.
Inside the shadow war -- Opening salvo (Russia) -- Stealing secrets (China) -- Little green men (Russia) -- Unsinkable aircraft carriers (China) -- War in space (Russia and China) -- Hacking an election (Russia) -- Submarine warfare (Russia and China) -- Winning the shadow war.
Jim Sciutto, CNN's Chief National Security Correspondent, reveals the invisible fronts that make up 21st century warfare, and the battles we don't know about, from disinformation campaigns to advanced satellite weapons. --


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Are we losing a war few of us realize we're fighting?

Jim Sciutto, CNN's Chief National Security Correspondent, reveals the invisible fronts that make up 21st century warfare, from disinformation campaigns to advanced satellite weapons.

Poisoned dissidents. Election interference. Armed invasions. International treaties thrown into chaos. Secret military buildups. Hackers and viruses. Weapons deployed in space. China and Russia (and Iran and North Korea) spark news stories here by carrying out bold acts of aggression and violating international laws and norms. Isn't this just bad actors acting badly?

That kind of thinking is outdated and dangerous. Emboldened by their successes, these countries are, in fact, waging a brazen, global war on the US and the West. This is a new Cold War, which will not be won by those who fail to realize they are fighting it. The enemies of the West understand that while they are unlikely to win a shooting war, they have another path to victory. And what we see as our greatest strengths--open societies, military innovation, dominance of technology on Earth and in space, longstanding leadership in global institutions--these countries are undermining or turning into weaknesses.

In The Shadow War, CNN anchor and chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto provides us with a revealing and at times disturbing guide to this new international conflict. This Shadow War is already the greatest threat to America's national security, even though most Americans know little or nothing about it. With on-the-ground reporting from Ukraine to the South China Sea, from a sub under the Arctic to unprecedented access to America's Space Command, 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.

Thankfully, America is adapting and fighting back. In The Shadow War, Sciutto introduces readers to the dizzying array of soldiers, sailors, submariners and their commanders, space engineers, computer scientists, civilians, and senior intelligence officials 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 the war of the future is already here.

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Kirkus Review

The chief national security correspondent for CNN, journalist Sciutto explores a variety of dangers to the standing of the United States in the world order, with an emphasis on the dastardly plans of Russia and China.Sciutto (Against Us: The New Face of America's Enemies in the Muslim World, 2008) focuses on threats to the U.S. military on the ground, in the air, and on the sea, and he also devotes chapters to cyberattacks and industrial espionage targeting American corporations. "This is a book about what happens when the enemies of the West realize that while they are unlikely to win a shooting war, they have another path to victory," he writes. Throughout, the author's tone is largely alarmist in nature, as he explains why he believes nave and/or incompetent U.S. policymakers are ceding influence to the increasingly aggressive Chinese and Russians. Sciutto views the nationalism around the globe as a deadly game of winners and losers, with few shades of grey. He rarely portrays the U.S. government and military as the perpetrators of unwelcome aggressions across national borders. Rather, he suggests the U.S. is almost always the victim of an increasingly desperate Russia and a surging China. Sciutto portrays each non-American nation as a monolith lacking a substantial minority of dissenters. Some of the scenarios he examines will not be familiar to a broad swath of Americanse.g., Russian cyberwarfare against its former state of Estonia. Many readers will be interested in Sciutto's account of Russian hacking during the 2016 presidential election. However, while his review is useful, it contains no stunning revelations and is certain to be out of date by the time the book publishes.A hawkish book that will likely please "America Firsters" and xenophobes but might seem unbalanced to those who decry several centuries of U.S. aggression around the globe. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Inside the Shadow Warp. 1
Chapter 2 Opening Salvo (Russia)p. 21
Chapter 3 Stealing Secrets (China)p. 41
Chapter 4 Little Green Men (Russia)p. 61
Chapter 5 Unsinkable Aircraft Carriers (China)p. 105
Chapter 6 War in Space (Russia and China)p. 141
Chapter 7 Hacking an Election (Russia)p. 185
Chapter 8 Submarine Warfare (Russia and China)p. 215
Chapter 9 Winning the Shadow Warp. 247
Epiloguep. 277
Acknowledgmentsp. 283
Notesp. 287
Indexp. 295