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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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©2020 Luke Harding (P)2020 Faber & Faber Ltd

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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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a disappointment after Luke Harding's other work

Enjoyed and respected Luke Harding's work in books like 'Collusion'. Yet this feels like a complete cut and paste - retelling well worn stories one after another adding very little, if anything, that's new. For me, a shame, and the kind of book which ultimately damages a writer's brand.

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blatant nauseating hypocrisy

this is just nauseating hypocritical nonsense from start to finish. truly nauseating experience. I've only written this many words about this book because there is a 15 word minimum. overall nauseating hypocrisy from start to finish.

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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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Analysis limited by significant author blind spots

Unfortunately the book did not meet billing. The opportunity for balanced and insightful analysis ruined by preconceived author’s viewpoint. This limits the investigation’s power and undermines the credibility of the whole book. A shame. A more.rounded author’s view would have allowed for a better investigation.

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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

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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Essential reading

While the west is playing marbles Putin plays Chess. Read this book and weep for the democracy and honour we once had.

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A lucid account of extraordinary recent events

This is a beautifully read account of some of the most troubling events of the last few years. Although I had followed the big stories at the time, I couldn’t see the big picture and the common threads that link them. Luke Harding’s magisterial account of international corruption and power play is gripping and rendered in beautiful prose. He has checked & cross checked his sources and followed the evidence. It’s as gripping as a spy novel but factual. I hope people who don’t listen to non fiction will try this most important of books. Putin’s machinations are like malignant chess. He wages asymmetrical warfare and subverts the inadequate defences of democratic states to serve his global designs. We are currently living with the consequences in Britain & America. You have to admire the ruthless patience and skill he has employed to divide and undermine wealthier more powerful opponents. Nuclear weapons aren’t required to buy or blackmail politicians. This is a tale of geopolitics that grips like a thriller. The narrator is about as perfect for the task as you could wish. for.

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Opinionative, bias and practically waste of time

All I learned from this book is that US democratic party representatives are stupid enough to fall for "good old" phishing email. I would expect this from my grandparents, perhaps... The only good part is about those two Russian spies right on beginning of the book. Not recommended unless you want to reinforce you bias views with more opinions and possible some misinformation.

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