HMH to Publish Book by Former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok


On September 8, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media will publish COMPROMISED: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump by Peter Strzok, the FBI veteran behind the Russia investigation, who draws on decades of experience hunting foreign agents in the United States to lay bare the threat posed by President Trump.

When he opened the FBI investigation into Russia’s election interference, Strzok had already spent more than two decades defending the United States against foreign threats. His career in counterintelligence ended shortly thereafter when the Trump administration used his private expression of political opinions to force him out of the Bureau in August 2018. But by that time, Strzok had seen more than enough to convince him that the commander in chief had fallen under the sway of America’s adversary in the Kremlin.

In COMPROMISED, Strzok draws on lessons from a long career—from his role in the Russian illegals case that inspired The Americans to his service as lead FBI agent on the Mueller investigation—to construct a devastating account of foreign influence at the highest levels of our government. And he grapples with a question that should concern every U.S. citizen: When a president appears to favor personal and Russian interests over those of our nation, has he become a national security threat?

“Russia has long regarded the United States as its ‘Main Enemy,’” warns Strzok, “and I spent decades trying to protect our country from their efforts to weaken and undermine us. In this book, I use that background to explain how the elevation by President Trump and his collaborators of Trump's own personal interests over the interests of the country allowed Putin to succeed beyond Stalin's wildest dreams, and how the national security implications of Putin's triumph will persist through our next election and beyond.”

Deb Brody, VP and Publisher at HMH Books & Media, comments, “Peter Strzok has spent his entire adult life serving the United States, and he has been at the center of some of the most consequential counterintelligence cases of the past four years in particular. We are proud to help him share his unique insights and important message with the American public.”

COMPROMISED: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump will be available in hardcover, e-book, and audiobook on September 8.

PETER STRZOK is the former FBI Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence and a 22-year veteran of the Bureau. He served as one of the original case agents for the Russian couple who inspired the TV series The Americans, and he has investigated a range of other high-profile cases, from WikiLeaks to the 9/11 hijackings to Hillary Clinton’s private email server. He was selected to head the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and worked with Robert Mueller as a leader of the FBI’s efforts in creating the Special Counsel’s Office. Also a veteran of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division, he is the recipient of the FBI’s highest investigative honor, the Director’s Award for Excellence. He lives in Virginia with his family.

Strzok is represented by Gail Ross and Howard Yoon of the Ross Yoon Agency.

Megan Wilson

Associate Director of Publicity

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt