Monday, July 13, 2020


RIGGED: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference by David Shimer is a must-read for anyone interested in the competition between two great powers.

When David Shimer entered Yale, he majored in History under the guidance of his Professor Timothy Snyder. The reaction of our government and the media to Russian tampering with our election in 2015-2016 piqued his interest while working as an intern for the Clinton campaign. In 2017, he went to West Germany to investigate the 1972 Russian interference in the parliamentary election.  He interviewed an East German government individual who had been involved in that process which changed the shape of the Cold War. Was there a similarity between these two events? His investigation began to take on a life of its own.

He soon focused on the mechanism of influencing the election process of a foreign country by both Russian and the U. S.  America sought to support democracy whereas Russia focused on controlling the county with communism.

Shimer graduated in 2018 with both a Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees and secured a Fellowship at Oxford University to complete a Doctorate in International Relations. He published his book in June of this year. The genius of this book reflects Shimer’s ability to “connect the dots”.

I must credit the assistance of my wife Connie in the preparation of this Blog.