The Mosaic Effect is an eye-opening exposé unlike anything that’s ever been written; Scott McGregor and Ina Mitchell will challenge any assumptions you might have had about the state of global affairs.
The Mosaic Effect tells the story of how a team of courageous and resourceful intelligence collectors exposed a hidden agenda of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the West. McGregor and Mitchell are two former intelligence officers who formed a network of informants, journalists, researchers, and experts to uncover the Chinese Communist Party’s influence in various sectors of society, such as politics, media, academia, business, and culture — and particularly their effects in the Canadian government. Using a combination of traditional and modern methods, they collected and analyzed vast amounts of information, revealing the CCP’s strategies, tactics, and objectives in shaping the global order according to its interests and values. At the center of their many revelations lies the disconcerting realization that a staggeringly large percentage of Canada’s most powerful people have been compromised by the CCP, and that this influence has found its way into American affairs as well. McGregor and Mitchell offer not only a detailed factual report of their findings, but also a critical and insightful assessment of the implications and challenges that the CCP’s activities pose for the Western world. The Mosaic Effect examines the strengths and weaknesses of the CCP’s approach, the vulnerabilities and opportunities of the Western response, and the ethical and moral dilemmas that arise from engaging in this kind of intelligence work. They also offer some recommendations on how to counter the CCP’s influence and protect the democratic values and institutions that are under threat. The book is very well-organized, given the challenging nature of the information, with the authors doing a great job of packaging the information in a way that anyone can understand. The sheer ambition of the investigation at the center of the book is in and of itself a wonder. The extent of their findings places The Mosaic Effect in the realm of ground-breaking, at the very least. What’s more, is that the book is written with narrative elements that almost make it read like a fictional espionage thriller. The fact that it is nonfiction and has such serious, global implications makes it hard for the reader to wrap their head around what they’re reading, in an impressive way. The Mosaic Effect is a remarkable book that is not only informative, but also motivational, as it urges readers to take a stand for the principles that they cherish.