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Summary

A gripping exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era.

Moscow, July 1987. Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump visits Soviet Russia for the first time at the invitation of the government.

London, December 2016. Luke Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect's connections with Russia. Harding follows two leads: money and sex.

Washington, January 2017. Steele's explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been 'cultivating, supporting, and assisting' Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on twitter, 'FAKE NEWS.'

In Collusion, award-winning journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump's decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of the dossier. It features exclusive new material and draws on sources from the intelligence community.

Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself.

The special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, has already indicted several of the American protagonists, including Trump's campaign manager, Paul Manafort. More charges are likely as the crisis engulfs Trump's administration. This audiobook gets to the heart of the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage - this is something that should trouble us all.

©2017 Luke Harding (P)2017 Faber Audio

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Essential reading - thrilling, gripping, terrifying.

This book is in-depth and enlightening. It reads like a terrific thriller, only it is not a work of fiction.

The author slowly builds up an incredibly strong case for collusion and one that goes back over more than three decades. If this were a movie plot it might feel too fanciful be true, but the evidence presented by Harding is both detailed, compelling and damning.

Interestingly this book was written in secrecy and released somewhat unexpectedly. The book provides an insider's perspective - which is fascinating.

I very much enjoyed reading it and finished it over the course of a couple of evenings. This book is completely up to date as of November 2017 and I very much look forward to the follow up a couple of years from now, detailing the next steps in this ongoing and as yet unresolved political saga.

It will almost certainly leave you gobsmacked but comes highly recommended. I would hope that everyone with an interest in the Trump/Russia situation would have an opportunity to read this.

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Gripped!

Absolutely excellent. Mr Harding has pulled together a phenomenal amount of material from a wide range of sources, and made it into a coherent narrative. A must-read for anyone interested in the current worrying confusion and disintegration of American and global politics. Highly recommended.

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Fascinating listen. Strongly recommend.

If you're interested in US politics and particularly what's happened with the current administration and Russia, you'll be captivated with this book. This is an excellent example of good journalism and Luke Harding is on top form.

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Gripping

Was riveted from start to end.
History will be the true judge of this monster

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Slightly Disappointing

Having just finished Timothy Snyder's 'The Road to Unfreedom' I thought I would look for greater detail on Russia and Putin's alleged assistance to Trump.

The problem is that I didn't find much that more salient detail was available. Indeed, for where we are today on all this, the Wikipedia page on the Mueller investigation, and linked pages, is probably the best resource.

Nevertheless, Harding's book is a well written account of the evidence up to late 2017 and I enjoyed listening to it.

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Brilliant. Amazing and a real eye opener.

could not put this book down. Shady dealings at the highest level. Absolutely brilliant. 5 stars.

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  • Adam
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The Devil's Bargain

Luke Harding's journalism has given us a depressing but gripping take on one of the most blatant, brazen and frightening political twists of modern times: that Russia, based on it's existing cod war, KGB and espionage infrastructure has launched cyber war on the West, and, Manchurian Candidate style, installed its own puppet in the Whitehouse. One that fit a template they had for such a candidate: vain, paranoid, ultra-wealthy, and with powerful connections, and the media presence and warped charisma to gull a large percentage of the American presence.
The book alternates between recent events of Trump's candidacy and presidency, and the larger backstory of Russian politics and espionage. The characters range from the naïve and utterly stupid to the ruthless Machiavel. Guess which one is which. It's not Trump with his hand rammed up the puppet's hole and squeezing.
For the audiobook the Russian story can be at times confusing, those long Russian names crossing and criss-crossing can tax the short-term memory. But it is very much worth the effort.
Luke Harding writes with a ruthless objectivity, but he cannot hide his dismay and contempt for Trump his Presidency, those who have profited and helped bring it about, and the amoral ruthlessness of Putin. The narrator, Jonathan Amis, does a good job of switching between a clear, dry delivery and absolute incredulous disgust. The switch from one to the other is sometimes almost comical.
It's the more intellectual sibling of Fire and Fury.
Read, and pray for the light to dawn.

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What's audio book for couldn't put it down?

Written and performed like the best Le Carre novel you've ever read, Collusion would be written off as being "a bit far fetched" if it wasn't true! Luke Harding presents his methodical research brilliantly. He avoids conjecture and presents the facts, along with background details that provide supporting evidence and depth. I'm sure future historians will find this book invaluable.

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interesting

Enjoyed the narration and of course the content. convinced me more than ever that the US presidency has been hijacked by Russia who's aim is to break up western democracy - hope they can turn it around before more damage is done

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relevant gripping and unmissable

this is my first political book off audible. this reads better than fiction even though it's all true. the extent of Trump's involvement with Russia and money laundering should be public knowledge. he's a tyrant and should be in jail not running America .
very well read especially the Russian name pronunciations.
it is amazing in its depth and extent of research and I feel much more informed after hearing it. clearly the writer believes his own evidence and I hope trump goes away soon.

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  • margaret king
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worth a few reads

Thanks to Luke Harding for adding to the body of work that is helping us understand the White House today. The book requires a level of concentration -- it's not a something to listen to while distracted -- but it is well worth the effort. The author knows what he is writing about and delivers it with a punch.