It’s tempting to look at current event political non-fiction as a thing of the moment. Don’t make that mistake with Malcolm Nance’s The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It. Keep your eyes on the prize, “How We Can Fix It”, then drop yourself into the most compulsively readable work of contemporary politics since The Manchurian Candidate. Malcolm Nance deals in hard facts and documents, and writes as if his house is on fire. Turns out “House on Fire” is true as well. Pay attention; we are being tested, at this moment, and every other.
This is third book in what is, this far in, Nance’s trilogy, which night be called “Lord of the Lies: Russia’s Revenge.” Here in the increasingly fractured Untied States (not a typo), it’s becoming disturbingly easy to understand the mindset. The Soviet Union was once a major power, with lots of land. When the Berlin Wall fell, that power disappeared, replaced by a chaotic collection of fragile proto-states. Consider it a sneak preview for Putin’s plans for what we once called “The West.” Brexit and the 2016 election in the US were seemingly steps backwards for the West and one giant leap for Vladimir Putin.
In The Plot to Betray America, the focus is on the results here in the US. Nance is an engaging writer, and he delivers devastating news at the pace of an AK-47 on full auto with the precision of a laser-sighted sniper’s rifle. He knows when to fire out damning details and when to pull back for an aerial view of the battleground. Nance’s books feel like spy thrillers, which is something of a comfort. They’re more like nails in the coffin but for Nance’s obvious belief that the truth is, in the end, the most powerful weapon at our disposal. It is not surprising, then, that the enemy has used our own free media in an attempt to annihilate the truth.
Nance’s presentation of the facts keeps his book current, because he gives the reader a means of understanding what comes to pass after the book is written. By observing and documenting what has come before and offering it in an engaging narrative, he makes it possible for the reader to follow that narrative into the future. His narrative is not a simple condemnation, it’s a roadmap with reasonable plans to ensure we end up not at a destination chosen for us, but rather, one we choose. We in the USA are all about freedom to and freedom from. The truth shall set us free.
Here’s a link to the long version of my interview with Malcolm Nance. Or listen below…Somebody is listening.