Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win

Book - 2017
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An explosive exposé that lays out the story behind the Steele Dossier, including Russia's decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy and the Trump administration's ties to Moscow.

"Harding...presents a powerful case for Russian interference, and Trump campaign collusion, by collecting years of reporting on Trump's connections to Russia and putting it all together in a coherent narrative." -- The Nation

December 2016. Luke Harding, the Guardian reporter and former Moscow bureau chief, quietly meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in a London pub to discuss President-elect Donald Trump's Russia connections. A month later, Steele's now-famous dossier sparks what may be the biggest scandal of the modern era. The names of the Americans involved are well-known--Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page--but here Harding also shines a light on powerful Russian figures like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have been coming from the highest echelons of the Kremlin.

Drawing on new material and his expert understanding of Moscow and its players, Harding takes the reader through every bizarre and disquieting detail of the "Trump-Russia" story--an event so huge it involves international espionage, off-shore banks, sketchy real estate deals, the Miss Universe pageant, mobsters, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, computer hacking, and the most shocking election in American history.
Publisher: New York :, Vintage Books, , 2017.
ISBN: 9780525562511
Characteristics: 354 pages : illustrations


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Apr 24, 2018

"Collusion" is an excellent introduction to the largely unknown world of Russia, Ukraine and the now independent countries of the old Soviet block and how they relate to Trump and his band of lovers of the strong-men of that world. While most Americans relate to the democracies of UK, France, Germany and the Nordic countries, Trump, his children and his associates were making real estate/money-making deals with authoritarians in Russia, the ex-Soviet Bloc, etc. with oligarchs looking to make a few hundred million here and there. A good intro to Paul Manafort, Agalarov, Page, Flynn, Kislyak, and Christopher Steele and his infamous "dossier."

Apr 19, 2018

Well-researched, well-written book, with convincing evidence and references.

Mar 06, 2018

Very interesting, factual quick read.

cals_joe Jan 11, 2018

While the author, a journalist with extensive experience reporting from Russia, admits that the collusion he alleges is "in certain key respects unprovable," he also finds startling connections between computer hacking, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, and the Miss Universe pageant. Written in December, this book has already been overtaken by current events. It remains, however, a fascinating exposé.

Jan 09, 2018

Riveting, the opposite of fake news.

Dec 20, 2017

Absolute piece of garbage! The absolute definition of fake news! Don't waste your time with this poor excuse for a book! Should have been listed in the fiction section!

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