How to Lose the Information War

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What to expect

Since the start of the Trump era, the United States and the Western world has finally begun to wake up to the threat of online warfare and the attacks from Russia. The question no one seems to be able to answer is: What can the West do about it?

Central and Eastern European states, however, have been aware of the threat for years. Nina Jankowicz has advised these governments on the front lines of the information war. The lessons she learnt from that fight—and from her attempts to get US congress to act—make for essential listening.

How to Lose the Information War takes the listener on a journey through five Western governments’ responses to Russian information warfare tactics—all of which have failed. She journeys into the campaigns the Russian operatives run, and shows how we can better understand the motivations behind these attacks and how to beat them. Above all, this book shows what is at stake: the future of civil discourse and democracy, and the value of truth itself.

Critics Review

  • “A persuasive new book on disinformation as a geopolitical strategy.”

    New Yorker
  • How to Lose the Information War is required reading to understand the shape of the 2020s. It’s a window into a reality we all kind of sensed, but lacked words or understanding to really process.”

    Forbes
  • How to Lose the Information War is…a window into a reality we all kind of sensed, but lacked words or understanding to really process.”

    Forbes
  • “If there is just one point to glean from Nina Jankowicz’s How to Lose the Information War, it is this: The threats that disinformation campaigns present democracies do not occur in a vacuum…For that reason, whatever strategy a nation employs to counter bots, trolls, and outright lies must go together with a robust civic renewal effort.”

    George W. Bush Presidential Center
  • “If there is one point to glean from Jankowicz’s [book], it is this: The threats that disinformation campaigns present democracies do not occur in a vacuum.”

    George W. Bush Presidential Center
  • As a journalist who has spent years covering the complex issue of information warfare I can confidently say that this book is a must-read for our age…The Kremlin’s threat is an urgent one and we are in desperate need of more authors like Jankowicz. Her expertise is grounded in an intimate knowledge…and this book is, accordingly, an exceptional achievement.

    David Patrikarakos, author of War in 140 Characters

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