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Shadow State

Murder, Mayhem and Russia’s Remaking of the West
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From the number one New York Times best-selling author and award-winning journalist comes Shadow State, a timely and shocking analysis which connects Putin, Trump, and Brexit with the dark web. Based on years of investigations, Luke Harding reveals how Russian spies helped to sway the 2016 US presidential elections in favour of Trump and backed the campaign which resulted in Brexit, and how they lied, deceived, and murdered to do so. 

From Salisbury to Helsinki, Washington to the Ukraine, the Kremlin has attempted to reshape politics in their own mould; the future of Western democracy is at stake as a result. 

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Fascinating, Illuminating and worrying

All the news stories of Russian involvement in Brexit, the US elections, and in the book’s epilogue, the recent UK election, are presented as a coherent, concise and credible narrative. It’s a compelling read/listen and perhaps, out of all the latest books that address the topic of Russian spying and covert influence in the politics of other countries, it's the best.

I hope The Shadow State is read by those with the power to take action to guard the UK against malign activities and corruption. I also hope its revelations have those members of my family who voted for Brexit and for the Conservatives to realise they have been deceived, and to consider more carefully what they are voting for: I’ll be buying more copies to post to them.

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Uncomfortable but essential reading

Reading like a thriller, this careful expose of the stratagems of Putin's Russia to challenge the openness of democracy and weaken the west is enlightening and alarming. A vital read for everyone. Good narrator, with an immaculate grasp of Russian names, but a slightly irritating semi whispering tone sometimes as if he was telling us secrets in a crowded room.

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A must read

Quite simply a must read for anyone still wondering HOW western democracy ended up with Trump in the White House and Boris and Brexit Britain.

Sadly as depicted by Harding, we live in a world of endless lies, told by powerful minorities in search for greater influence and self enrichment. What was evident by the war mongers of the past is evident by the misinformation of the present. Information and collusions designed to obfuscate and distract away from venal acts such as Russian breaches into former western democratic strongholds.

What is troubling is the lack of accountability, courage and will required for justice and/or judicial scrutiny surrounding such obvious and factually supported shadowy deeds.

Equally troublesome is the ease in which such venal political manipulation, lawlessness and actions can be executed. This is due in part to not fit for purpose governments in place and or the outdated and in effective legislations, standards and practices. Today we witness the rise of disaster capitalism and as the ‘shocks’ keep coming so do the detrimental effects on western citizens, their futures and their children’s futures.

However I remain fully confident of a public awakening and push for change. Change to a new society whereby the events witnessed today will lessons learned in future. Soon the Putins, Trumps and Johnson’s of the world will be things of the past. Greed will consume them and judicial reviews and public outcry will be their downfall. As ever lie told incurs a debt to the truth and sooner or later that debt will be paid. In the writing of Harding’s ‘shadow state’ the foundation for change can be built.

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A must read

carefully constructed, excellently researched, beautifully read, clearly communicated report on the dangerous situation the world finds itself in today thanks to the insane election of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson with the significant help of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. I couldn't put this book down, compelling and thought provoking account of corruption on a world scale.

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Not much beyond the Mueller Report

Basically a rehash of the Mueller report with a bit more colour for the vast majority of the book. Also deals with Skripal and other Russian state actions. Presented in an accessible, exciting way. Well written. Good but not great.

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Gripping

Really enjoyed this book. If it were fiction it would be described as unbelievable.

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A truly frightening insight into current events

Even if only 50% correct the insights in this book are both frightening and depressing. The logic and professional journalism allow one to “follow the money” leading to revelations of self interest and despotism common to Putin, Trump and iris Johnstone.

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scary brush with the reality of power and politic

very worrying but well researched book looking at the wests slide into kleptocracy and totalitarianism with the guidance of Putin a la Trump and BoJo a very intersesting and important read

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Ultimate subversion ..think Black Mirror

this is a great listen...for me it shows how when it came to all things 'the internet' related , a previously suspicious Putin was convinced by new radical thinking adopters in Moscow to get on board the global digital social media train , convincing him that social media was a cheap but very effective weapon of mass distraction...The Russians arent doing anything here really thst the West hasnt always done....disrupting elections, attempts at getting thier own required politicians in key positions globally in governments and businesses ...Vlad has basically caught up, getting on board digitally but also tellingly fusing these modern tactics with old school spy craft... The Russians are now basically adding thier own layers of subversion to a political world that is corrupt to its core..

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I wish people would just read the book!

When I say read the book, I mean stop doing impressions/accents. It really spoils the flow of the story and is a real distraction. It’s a bit like Jason statham trying to be American or Renee zellweger trying to be English!

Stop it