Informed by Richard Stengel's time working in the State Department, Information Wars is first and only insider account of how the global rise of disinformation--namely the disinformation of Russia and Donald Trump--impacted the 2016 election.
Richard Stengel is a prominent journalist who served the editor of Time for seven years, from 2006-2013. In 2013, Stengel left Time to serve as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs under Barrack Obama, a job he held from from 2013-2016.
This book is incredibly urgent and timely, as the relationship between Russia and President Trump continues to be under investigation, and as America persists in its attempt to get to the bottom of exactly what happened with Russia during the 2016 election. Stengel illuminates exactly how we got here, an analysis that will be especially welcome and buzz worthy as we watch the campaigns for the 2020 US presidential election unfold.
The timing of publication could not be better--Grove will publish Information Wars in October 2019, well before the 2020 election, but as the presidential campaigns are gaining steam.
Information Wars is guaranteed to attract major media attention and, due to its timeliness, will certainly be a hot topic of discussion on radio and television in addition to in print.
Information Wars is a shocking and informative read, and Stengel is an excellent, clear, and astute writer who has written several other books. In the 90s, he collaborated with Nelson Mandela on the South African leader's autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Stengel later wrote Mandela's Way, a New York Times best-seller, on his experience working with Mandela. He is the author of several other books, including January Sun, a book about life in a small South African town as well as You're Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery. He lives in New York.