And How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win - Secret Meetings

By Luke Harding

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lisa hillan
This book is a must read for every American. If everyone read this they would call for Trumps impeachment. Luke Harding lays out the Russian scandal in detail. Each chapter explains who the players are, Page, Manafort, Flynn, Ross, and various Russians. The book also explains who exactly Christopher Steele is and pretty much verifies the dossier. Its easy to read and understand and I could not put it down. Its fascinating and horrifying at the same time. Thank you Mr. Harding for staying on this story and exposing these people for who they are.
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karen gomez
Buy it now and read it. I read it in 2 nights - couldn't put it down. There have been a couple of outtakes of it - but it good to read the whole thing in context. I hope he's started work on part 2 to take us up to the point where these criminals get brought to justice.
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bobbie ann
Excellent investigative journalism from an expert on Russia and - more importantly - someone who understands how the FSB operates. Harding lays out an excellent timeline and points of reference which we'll be able to refer back to in the immediate future.
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prabodh sharma
As a politics and news junkie, I added COLLUSION to my must-reads after Luke Harding appeared on CNN. I quickly disavowed myself of the notion that I would learn nothing new after reading the first few pages. Luke Harding masterfully tells a story that should shock every lover of democracy.

What will the last chapter of the story be and when will it be written?
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sreenivas
Amazing detail with a great explanation of who’s who. It’s obvious Chris Steele is a not insignificant source and he’s the authority on Trump corruption( although Robert Mueller probably has taken the title away from him). I can’t praise this book enough, it is the first draft of the history of the most corrupt presidency in US history, and the greatest existential threat this country has ever known. Read it and tell me how you can support Trump at all, Mr and Mrs Maga?
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v ctor
Great investigative journalism. The author puts together a picture of what are the known real connections between Trump and Russia. However it is not complete. Ending is abrupt in the interest of getting the book out. Not much about Facebook ads and how the minds of the American voters is manipulated. The idea that Trump's political ambitions were instilled into him by the KGB in the 1980s is fascinating.
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cameo
Absolutely Incredible book! The best read on the Russian connections!!! Could Not put it down! As for one reviewer stating that they where perplexed by the book because it didn't stand up to Steel's testimony? Steel hasn't stated Anything under testimony because he's never testified! He just got the info for the dossier! Fabulous book! Highly recommend:) 5 Stars!
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berneal
Well researched and written, but at times reaches some unsupported conclusions that are more opinion than they are fact. Being somewhat familiar with intelligence operations, Harding's research and source reporting appears to be legitimate.
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tayler bradley
I'm a critical critic. It's pretty good, but more is being revealed by the day as I write. I didn't like his technique of launching out on a new character in the story before saying why the character is important to the story. This would, perhaps, be appreciated by someone who has more of an interest in Russia than I have.
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sarah kohn
This is amazing research. I paused during reading to to some confirmation research. Not that I questioned the info. I wanted to read more about certain individuals. So many names and stories and repeatedly been addressed in several other book's. However when Trump flew into Concord NC on March 7 2016, the same rally that a man got punched out. Although sometimes referred to Charlotte, it's about 20 miles North. They was 2 planes that landed. Trump arrived in a small jet. Also it was rumored that a Russian none as the Fertilizer King also was at the airport.
So according to this book this could have occurred twice in NC...This book is well with worth the time and $$$...
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nanette bernella
Wonderful analysis and conclusions from evidence. Impressive historical review of involvement of Americans with Russian oligarchs. Makes it difficult to dispute at least some agreement between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government to cooperate with each other. Collusion, as the title implies, is difficult to argue against as a result of the findings in this book.
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luella lee
This is a chilling expose of Trump and associates’ extensive contacts with Russian criminals, bureaucrats, intelligence officials, and other sleazy characters. That any US politician should be consorting with these people is incomprehensible, even if there is no provable criminal behavior. Likely there will be. The story is well-told and the author takes great pains to make clear what is known and what is conjecture. The fact that the President seems oblivious to Russia’s misdeeds makes me believe that much of what is conjectured will ultimately turn out to be true.
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ryan boyle
Well, if you want to find out what time & date did the third Russian foreign secretary called the second minister in charge of the British MI5, this a book for you. There's far toooooooooo much detail & need a ton of patience to go through. It's a great document, all the same.
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nicole gildersleeve
This author connects the dots! Great writing that is clear and explains the Russian collusion with Donald Trump. The writer is well sourced and makes this book hard to put down. Excellent expose that goes back in time and up to the present disaster in the White House. Very well done!
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harriet segal
I’m in a very good position to judge this book because I’m a retired political analyst and built up a reliable chronology of political events in 2016 as they transpired, together with the sources of such information. I can confidently state that Harding’s book is trustworthy. Additionally, Harding was able to correctly interpret actions and events based on his knowledge of Moscow and the Russian political scenario. Collusion is an exceptional book and I’m very grateful that Harding took the time and trouble to write it.
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ujjyini
A simply marvelous read. You know the broad outline of these events but the book fills in the details and ties it all together. You learn a great deal about the facinating Russian side of things. The writing is superb. Luke Harding has turned this amazing web into a page turner.
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jaylynne robinson
All you ever wanted to know about the bizarre life forms found in the fetid cesspool of oligarchs, mafiosi and swindlers that Trump swims in. Wash your hands after you read this book. Poor editing prevented a fifth star.
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amy wilson
I really wanted to like this book. Correction, I really wanted to believe this book. I'm a Westerner, and I've been travelling to and from Russia since 1998. I lived in Moscow for 11 years, between 2003 and 2014. I'm somewhat surprised I never ran into Luke Harding while there, but it is a big city. He writes a gripping book, and it's quite possible that much of what he's uncovered will turn out to be true. That Donald Trump is under the thumb of the Russian government, the oligarchy, the mafia. We'll see. Where I question Harding's credibility, however, lies in a subplot in the book. Ukraine. Harding recklessly and regularly blurts out that Russia invaded Eastern Ukraine, invaded and essentially stole Crimea with armed forces and perpetuates a war in the country. He suggests Russia initiated all of this without a shred of support. To be fair, the book isn't about 2014 and Ukraine. BUT, the fact that he so effortlessly weaves the anti-Russian narrative in to the Trump story was of his own choosing. A few facts for those who will suggest I'm a bot or troll, because these facts can be Googled and sourced in European news reports, including the Guardian, and even European Union government sites. Harding contends that the uprising on Kiev's Maidan occurred because Yanukovich opted for a trade deal with Russia (versus the European Union.) He fails to indicate that the EU demanded that Yanukovich accept the less-favourable EU terms and spurn ANY trade agreements with Russia. This meant NO DEALS WITH RUSSIA. This would have been impossible for Yanukovich to accept for numerous reasons; a) the natural gas debt already owed by Ukraine to Russia b) the intricately complex inter-dependence of Russo-Ukrainian trade and c) Ukrainian employment impact d) historical cultural connections in the East and more. Harding goes on to suggest that pro-government forces began killing pro-Western supporters on the Maidan. This is true, HOWEVER, it's also true that the pro-Western supporters were killing Russia-leaning Ukrainians on the Maidan and beyond. It's also true that the pro-Western population is also riddled with ultra-nationalist forces of an extraordinary, paramilitary right wing variety. This has been acknowledged by Brussels and Washington DC, and it's also easily researchable. Moving beyond the Maidan, Harding asserts that the Russians have sent forces, armoured materiel and other heavy and light weaponry into Eastern Ukraine. Yet, there isn't a single satellite image of such Russian materiel to be found. There isn't a single image of a Russian infantry column, armoured unit, supply chain anywhere to be found. Never published in a Western newspaper, nothing online. Google this too. You may find an image of Russian soldiers, tanks, and so on, but you will not find one which can clearly put its position in the Donbass. Is Russia providing proxy support to Eastern Ukraine? Yes, it's already admitted that. HOWEVER, it has not mounted a cross-border invasion of any kind into sovereign Ukraine. If you want to argue that Russia's proxy support isn't welcome in sovereign Ukraine, fair enough. But you'd have to also accept that the US's proxy support isn't welcome by sovereign Syria. The Russian was is criminal, the US one is just. Doesn't fly. Harding then makes his most egregiously-stupid and bombastic claim. That Russia took Crimea by force. Crimea hosts Russia's largest naval fleet, with 25,000 armed forces personnel and 60+ warships (including submarines.) Russia's armed forces were already in Crimea. As for the fate of Crimea, that was dealt with in a referendum. Crimeans overwhelmingly voted (80%+) to leave Ukraine and return to Russian governance. For those saying Crimeans were ordered to vote Russian at gunpoint, it's a fabrication. What's more, it's rich for the West to applaud the literal ouster of the elected Yanukovich in Kiev as "the will of the people." Yet, the "will of the Crimeans is ignored and treated as Russian theft." By any measure, Ukraine was lost to the West due to its own bungling. Russia was not going to allow a clear coup and colour revolution to leave it exposed. The EU, the US lost Ukraine. Russia did not steal it. Harding's clear lack of understanding or intentional pressing of a known myth...either or, I can't take any of his conclusions seriously on any topic. On Trump, I'll await the outcome of investigations just like everyone else.
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claudio arena
Every adult American, whether a Trump supporter or opponent, should read this book. The conclusion to this narrative is not known, however, Mr. Harding has, through his tenacity, investigative and reporting skills, given us the ability to understand this tangled web through November, 2017. More to follow.
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kingmeng
Harding takes a series of very complex events and weaves a picture of corruption that defies disbelief. There are many skeletons in each closet and many closets to open. Harding opens each one only to reveal what boundless greed and unlimited ambition look like. The Trump-Russian connections have been dominating our news outlets for the past months. What you have here is a perverse puzzle of profiteering which provides the reader with unlimited access to what looks like confidential files. Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn, and Carter Page are but a few of the main characters. I consider the content of this book to be quite dry. There is an emphasis on facts rather than style. Content without hyperbole is what good research requires. Although this book is thoroughly disheartening I feel serious readers will benefit from their efforts.
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ken liivik
Excellent coverage from the Cold War to the 2016 Election.

Also, notice that the 1 star reviews are not from verified purchases and are likely trolls. Just look at the "verified purchase" reviews!
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minttu
The first half of the book concentrates on Carter Page, Michael Flynn, and Paul Manafort - material that has been published by many of the media outlets. What really left me stunned and shaking is the second half of the book which shows many more Russian connections not covered by the media. This guy knows his stuff and is a great writer. Wow! An absolute must read if you want a good understanding of the TRump/Russia picture.
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fheim
Undeniably well-written, precisely researched, and impossible to put down. Every American should read this book--sooner rather than later. Harding is fearless as author (and compelling) and while the story is heartbreaking for our country, his handling of the information makes is bearable to read even in light of the realization that this travesty is what's become of our country.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jeff vander
Light on deep shadow.
Trump hosts the Kremlin's destructive virus into our social and political infrastructure.
How is it that US presidential candidates are not properly vetted?
Wake up America, now!
In case you were wondering, Putin is playing a very similar dangerous game
in Germany as well. They, the Germans, too are asleep at the switch.
Trump can tweet from his cell: “I did’n do it I swear” as the witch-hunt turns
into treason and obstruction of justice.
Thank you Luke for a great read!
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jenny hall
The most outstanding investigative journalism ever written in the modern age. Brilliant and Meticulously researched and thought out. The man even gives Trump the benefit of the doubt a few times even when it's still pointless to do so. This book takes everything you thought you might have heard about Trump and his circus in regards to Russia and brings it home. President Trump's game of creating distractions so America will stop focusing on the true biggest story in American history right now may have just ended with this book.Watergate was child's play. Omg! This book will blow your freaking mind.
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roxanne
The Guardian is well represented by Luke Harding. An outstanding newspaper of integrity, talent and with a US section excellent for US readers. Do join their fundraising! Returning to Collusion, as more is revealed re the collusion of Trump's team, I suspect the skillful presented of Luke Harding will facilitate those of us not familiar with Russian manipulations to understand them. Reading it as if it were fiction is a a great read, but the research, the network and presented takes it into reality. Speaking with citizens in the Baltic states, they tremble at the manipulation of US and NATO since Russian troops are massed on their borders. Surely Mosco wants to rebuild the Soviet Union . Read The Guardian to understand more .. I must return to Roman history re their empire's downfall as this appears to be the downfall of the US as global leader.
Thanks, Mr. Harding for this enlightening book!
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maksimas
And if even 1/4 of it is true, it's enough to put Trump, his entire cabinet & a significant portion of the Republican party in prison for life.

This was a very slow but important read for me. I also spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to craft this review. I rejected (though true) several ideas including "The most corrupt president in history" & "Didn't Russia used to be the Republican party's scope goat for everything? Now they're best buddies".

What really hit me was 2 days ago, the 13 person indictment came out, & today the Sunday paper spent over a page explaining it; & ironically many of the names from this book are in the indictment (at least 13 of them...)

One of the reasons the book is a slow read is the author goes out of his way to provide a lot of detail (which if it wasn't so important would be very boring) without sensationalizing it. I found myself frequently zoning out while reading the huge amount of detail, & then went, "wait a minute, this is serious stuff!". A friend of mine read the top selling "Fire and Fury" book; & while she's as anti-Trump as I am, she said the book was way to sensationalized with little attribution.

That is not the case here. This book could use a bit more attribution for historical purposes; but it gives as much as the author felt he could without compromising sources. And as anyone who follows the "True News" knows, Russian anti-Putin sources frequently turn up dead.

The book's main focus is on the Steele dossier (Chris Steele was a top UK spy with many years experience who went private after being "outed"); that is fleshed out with the author's experience of many years being a Soviet expert for the UK newspaper the Guardian. There is a ton of detail here; it wouldn't surprise me of some of this book is used as part of a future legal brief.

My opinions (this is a review, right?):

As far as the book, while it's a challenging read, it's very important. IMO, the next few years (possibly the November 2018 congressional election) will determine whether the "American experiment" continues, or whether we end up becoming a satellite state of Putin's reconstituted USSR.

As far as Trump goes, based on my medium level knowledge of history, he is the most dangerous & most corrupt president we've ever had (& I believe just like George W Bush, he did not really win the election). He does not seem capable of telling the truth; if he had a dog he would tell us he had a cat!

This book clearly implicates all of his associates & I suspect it barely touches the surface. Today, his national security advisor, H.B. McMaster was quoted by the New York Times as saying that evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is "incontrovertible". Wish to place bets on how long it is until Mr McMaster is fired?

It's also of concern that the USA hate groups have significantly mobilized behind Trump & Russia.

I hope & prey that:

A. The Republicans decide America is more important than their rich donors & allow steps to be taken to minimize (it's too late to prevent) Russian interference in the 2018 congressional election & totally prevent it moving forward (which will likely require serious regulation of the 2 biggest real sources of fake news, Twitter & Facebook)

&

B. That Trump, Pence, & his entire cabinet will be impeached & prosecuted for treason & obstruction of justice before we are forced to bow down to Dictator Putin & his minion Trump.
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kenyon vrooman
A must read. There are lots of moving parts, but it's not so difficult to understand. Bottom line, Russia has been using Donald Trump for decades for money laundering. Both DJT and his sons have said in writing long before the campaign that Russian money made up a large portion of their portfolio. Manafort also profited in the millions because of his amoral association with the Russian government and mafia. Flynn, Tillerson, and others were compromised, too. Vanity, hubris, and sexual indiscretions among those with access to money and power is like honey to the bee for Russian spies. Required reading.
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swarat
If you enjoyed 'The Snowden Files', you will love this book. This book is not about whether Trump is a competent president; it is not about whether Trump is a racist; it is not about whether Trump demeans women. And it is not about whether the Republicans or the Democrats are better geared to run the country. It is about one thing only - did the Russians help Trump win the 2016 US presidential election? Some of the assertions are yet to be proved, many are no longer debatable, but all of it is horrifying if one were an American.

Harding traces all the incidents in which Trump and his family members, and business associates were in touch with dubious Russians. Dubious either because they had connections with the Russian secret service, or because they had access to Putin. Harding also provides the date, time, and place of all those meetings. More than that, he also provides information as to when they all began.

Harding also traces the business dealings Trump and his family have with Russians. He even goes so far as insinuate that the Russians had cultivated Trump since the 1970's and that Trump's marriage to Ivanka might have Russian connections. Much of the information had come from a British journalist called Christopher Steele, who might have been a British secret agent; but the Steele dossier is being examined and taken very seriously by the US intelligence working on this issue.

Even if this book is not 100% accurate, Harding has put together a story that is clear and coherent, and somewhat scary. If you were an American, would you not be spooked by Harding's comment, after showing all the connections that Trump's aides had with the Russians - 'It's almost as if Putin picked Trump's cabinet'.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
greg jones
It has been a tumultuous and often catastrophic year for the United States and the world. How did we get into this mess? What was going on behind our backs during the 2016 election? How did we end up with Donald Trump in the White House? It's a sordid tale that has been gradually unfolding over months of reporting by what Trump calls "fake news," none more assiduously than Luke Harding, an award winning foreign correspondent for The Guardian.

Collusion reads like a James Bond thriller or, more accurately since it chronicles actual events, one of Ben Macintyre's World War II espionage histories. Harding's tales of the activities of Donald Trump and his sons and son-in-law, Vladimir Putin, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, and the other assorted and sordid characters whose names appear in the news almost daily. The interconnections between the US election, the Brexit vote in Britain, Russian aggression on Ukraine,, and the mysterious machinations involving Trump campaign officials, Russian government leaders, and Russian oligarchs and organized-crime figures are carefully spelled out. If,like me, you've been carefully following the news over the last year, you will have heard or seen mention of most of the characters Harding covers in Collusion, but you haven't actually realized how the links fit together and the dots interconnect. You'll have a much better handle on what's been going on after you read Harding's book.

It's likely that the full story of the Russian interference in the US and other elections and the extent to which Donald Trump and his campaign colluded in that interference won't be fully known until Robert Mueller completes his investigations. Until then, Collusion will provide a handy guide as to what we know now, and more importantly, what Donald Trump knew and when he knew it.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
hrvoje
The book was interesting in the beginning. Then it became a laborious a series of events and facts, some of which were retreads of what we have all read about already and others that were tangentially related to the book’s title. The purpose of the book, unfortunately, felt like more of an agenda or a way to cash in on today’s recurring headlines. The author clearly has done his research, but the book is very hard to read cover to cover.
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zvonko
Read this book over Thanksgiving. It lays it all out. Fascinating read about how the Russians groomed Trump starting in the 80's right up to the present day. It explains how and why the oligarchs are working with Putin and Trump. It's a little tricky keeping track of all the oligarchs with their long Russian names, but the story is compelling. Weaves in the history of Manafort (Ukraine), Wilbur Ross(Bank of Cyprus), Rex Tillerson(Exxon) and Kushner in a way that makes it easy to understand why Trump/Putin wanted them in power.
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keanna daniels
Despite the sensationalist title, Collusion is one of the most important books of the year. Journalist Harding knows Russia, has his sources, and lays out, page after page, details of how the Russian government, spy agencies and shady financiers operate. In writing as gripping as a John le Carré novel, Harding introduces characters both major and inconsequential, describing the roles they play (or have played) in the ongoing international intrigue. Laundered funds, mysterious real estate deals, an occasional head of state or two, the too-frequent fatal "heart attacks," the game is all about making lots of money without getting caught.

It's clear from checking the one-star reviews that those reviewers have not read/listened to the book. Collusion is not a diatribe against the president or an effort to implicate him in crime usuing circumstantial evidence. Rather it shows the bigger picture context, describing the reasons that the president was first drawn into the Russian orbit in the 1980s while also explaining why the Russians were interested in him.

If you've kept up with the news, little of the actual material will be completely fresh, but Harding pulls together the pieces with meticulous care and adds some startling new anecdotes -- incidents that haven't been investigated so don't constitute provable fact, but nonetheless fit with the rest of the narrative. By the time the book ends, although the overall puzzle may still be missing a few pieces, it will be hard for any reader (by which I include only those who read/listened to the actual words in this book) not to see the picture for what it is.
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danica lorer
“Of the Trump-Russia conspiracy, Steele said, ‘It’s massive. Absolutely massive.’” 
That single line, elicited by the author during an interview with the man who produced the “dossier,” is enough to keep you reading.
There’s lots about Carter Page, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Donald J. Trump, his wives, and his contacts with Russia.
It is likely, Harding believes, that the Russians have been eyeing Trump since his marriage to Ivana Zelnickova in 1977.
We’ve lived through the events and we’ve met the players, but this book goes well beyond the headlines and the stories we’ve seen on the nightly news. Read this book for a look into what went on behind the scenes.
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katrena
Just finished the audible version of the book and I can't recommend it enough. The book does a great job of getting into the details and (in my opinion) credibly showing all of the ties between our current presidency and Russia. It is written more in the style of a news article in the sense that it is very straight forward and fact oriented. The hardest part about the book is following along with the terrifyingly long list of Russian names and businesses that are involved.

For anyone on the fence or uncertain about how to feel about the accusations of collusion, I think this is a must read. It clearly lays out the layers upon layers (upon layers upon layers) of ties to Russia that go back to the 70's when the KGB started monitoring Trump. The crooked business deals, the secret meetings, and so much money changing hands it seems like fiction. Could this all be an entirely fabricated story like the president wants us to believe? I suppose. It's just that there are so many connections and so many meetings and so many business deals through off-shore banks I don't see how it can be fabricated. I choose to believe that entire book is true, but even if a fraction of it was true we'd still have a huge cause for concern. Maybe there wasn't explicit collusion (honestly I think the Russians are smarter than that, the president isn't), but it's hard to walk away from this book without thinking that the Russians are the puppet masters and the US is a bumbling orange-tinged marionette making a fool of itself on the world stage.

I think the worst thing about all of this is that the supporters who put the president in office are getting systematically conned and scammed and will no doubt be worse off after 4 years. The president and it sounds like mainly Paul Manafort, engineered a campaign that created a huge rift in America that will likely have lasting effects for decades (if not longer). It's the exact same thing that Manafort has done before in places like Ukraine in order to get terrible, unlikable, unfit leaders into office. While the US is ripping at the seams and the citizens are infighting for no real reason, the president and all his cronies are pulling the rug out from under us and will leave after these 4 years with their pockets full to the brim and the country left a smoldering mess. I'm also very disappointed with myself that I ever mentioned Hillary's emails/server during the election. The Russians clearly wanted to bring that to the forefront and it worked. Meanwhile, the president is literally telling one of the most evil leaders in the world CODE WORD TOP SECRET info that probably led to our ally's spies getting killed.

I'm sure you have better things to do but if you ever read this review Luke Harding, thank you very much for writing this book. It shined a light into some dark places that I wish didn't exist but that is the new world we live in. I suppose it's time for me to get back to the news to see what terrible things the president has done today. Just in the last few days we lost the majority of two national parks (don't be surprised if Gazprom or a Tillerson backed entity is the first in line to drill on these opened lands) and the president made the ill-advised decision to move the Israeli embassy against almost universal advice not to. It's going to get worse before it gets better and I think this will turn out to be a very dark period in US history. But I hope with journalists like Harding out there uncovering the truth we can move past it and return to our former glory.
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lisa meade
All the information was cherry picked to look like there was collusion and there's a lot of guilty looking info , but , it's not balanced .
However , it was fun to read , please do not take the book seriously , though .
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martharosenthal
Just got the book yesterday and I can't put it down. Not only is it very thorough and informative (and still contains lots of new shocking material), but it is written in page-turning prose. A must-read if you care about your country
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ann henson
Getting the truth out. Documents the many disturbing connections between Trump and his cronies and the corrupt authoritarian Putin government. This should be a must-read for those who support Trump, but they are the ones who will never open their eyes.
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pat shay
Wow, my overwhelming reaction to this book is that A) it's like a flashback to Watergate ("follow the money" Deep Throat) and B) it shows the horrific state of the White House. Reading this book is kind of like reading a very bad, but sadly true, John le Carré novel. The book reads very fast but you really have to bring a set of colored pens (I actually did) to circle the various players' names so I could try to sort out this extremely tangled mess. You just know as you read this that it's all true because no one could make up such colossal incompetence, such ridiculous naïveté on the part of people who should theoretically, at least, know better and so much criminal intent.

The funny (well, sad really) thing about this book is that a lot of the story lines that Luke Harding was trying to explain, and had to defend, are now documented by indictments, guilty please and resignations. Jared Kushner is/was a naive kitten tossed in (by his own device and ego) into a den of KGB wolves and they picked him apart--and each day now you read more and more about just what an innocent abroad that he was.

I think this is an excellent book and it's a preamble to the sky falling (for real) events that will be dropping on the GOP and the current president and I think it makes a good book to use as a sort of handbook as Mueller's most Washington-rocking indictments get released in coming months. This ain't over folks and you can use this book to help you sort out and keep track of who's who and how they got to where they are and where they are going (the big house for a lot of them). Read it and weep--for democracy.
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jennifer ballard
I will preface this review by stating that I borrowed my library’s copy of this book. It was one of life’s small blessings to be able to read this book. Harding’s work is one of the most powerful books that I have read in the last couple of years. I am blown away by the level of detail that the author has provided, as well as his ability to explain the complex elements of this whole travesty and its major players. There are moments that grab you, especially how he explains the decades long, protocol driven procedure of recruiting foreign intelligence assets. That in itself makes the book a strong read! His explaining international money laundering processes is phenomenal. The use of shadowy accounts and all of the mechanisms that people use to skirt financial laws/regulations is staggering. The one fear that I have about this burgeoning scandal, which Mr. Harding has described brilliantly is that it may be above the heads of our fellow Americans, especially, especially, especially conservatives. The stuff is difficult for me to grasp sans this book, I can’t imagine how a typical Fox viewer will ever understand the scale, scope, and/or severity of this whole event. This book, if we make it through this moment in history, should be required reading in the social sciences for decades!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
erika piquero
"It was almost as if Putin had played a role in naming Trump’s cabinet. The U.S. president, of course, had done the choosing. But the constellation of individuals, and their immaculate alignment with Russian interests, formed a discernible pattern, like stars against a clear night sky. A pattern of collusion.” "
If you only read one book about the Russian connections with the Trump administration, choose this one. It has little gossip, and lots of facts, pictures and research. If you read the Steele dossier but didn't understand what it all meant, this book will explain it to you.
Trump has always been trying to get a foot hold in Russia. Does he launder money for them? Does he get sweet loan deals from them? Why does he need Russia? If these questions are still unanswered when you finish reading this book, then you didn't really read this book. The answers are there and they are unsettling.
Luke Harding is a UK journalist working for the Guardian. He knows Russia and he knows Trump. This is the one to read! I got this book from my local library.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
toddandrachel
Award-winning journalist Luke Harding is a fluent Russian speaker who was chief of the Guardian’s Moscow office between 2007-11, prior to being thrown out of the country by the Putin regime for retrospectively exposing the murder of ex-KGB agent & defector Alexander Litvinenko by polonium 210 poisoning in a London hotel on Putin’s orders in 2006.

In ‘Collusion’, Harding explores the extensive connections between members of the Trump campaign team & subsequent White House appointees Page, Manafort, Flynn, Stone, Tillerson & others with Russian government officials and FSB/GRU-connected individuals, plus the multiple deep financial links the Trump family businesses have to dirty Russian money dating back to the 1980s. The starting point is the Orbis dossier: Harding meets and interviews the publicity-shy and reticent ex-MI6 operative Christopher Steele to explore the sources and methods employed in gathering information for the dossier - originally commissioned by Trump’s republican primary rivals and later passed on by these same republicans to HRC’s campaign team - and assesses its provenance. But the book also explores how Trump and his crew have consistently lied about their extensive Russia connections to congress, in their security declarations, in media interviews and to the FBI (in the last case, a criminal felony punishable by jail time).

Harding’s forensic knowledge of the modus operandi of the oligarchy which has pillaged Russia, including many who assiduously avoid the public eye, is impressive. Likewise the labyrinthine trails of billions of US$ and roubles syphoned out of Russia through a trail of shell companies in Cyprus, Latvia, Moldova, the Virgin Islands and finally through Deutsche Bank, much of this dirty money ending its long journey in Trump’s pockets after Wall Street banks refused to lend him any more money following a series of high-profile bankruptcies and loan defaults.

What makes the book a five-star read is Harding’s great skill as a writer; the story is punchy and entertaining with sufficient detail to enable the reader to pursue further research on all these characters if interested to do so, but never gets bogged down and is a real page-turner. Harding is convinced that the Russians have damaging ‘Kompromat’ on Trump gathered during his many visits to Russia, and whereas it’s known that the RNC servers were successfully hacked by APT 28 & APT 29 the contents have not so far been released via Wikileaks (which has consistently behaved like a wholly owned arm of Russian state intelligence) unlike those of the DNC successfully weaponised by Putin in the perfectly timed release of July 2016 designed to damage the dems and help Trump into the White House.

Little wonder that Trump is so consumed, day and night, with trying to make his shrinking support base believe this story is all “fake news” and that the special council investigation into Russian support for Trump and Russian interference in US democracy is a “witch hunt”. On the contrary, what is clearly unfolding here looks like the biggest political scandal in American history and the greatest test for American democracy & the constitutional separation of powers since 1776.

2018 looks like an interesting year ahead.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ninacd
Luke Harding's reporting on the Russian involvement in Donald Trump's business and political life is simply mind boggling. Harding is the former Moscow correspondent for the Guardian newspaper and the author of other investigative books, such asA Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West. Although anyone who listens to NPR or reads the New York Times is aware of the outlines, this book delves into the long history and astonishing breadth of the Russian connection. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be informed on the true possibility that we have a Russian intelligence asset for a president.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
sandra bishop
I wish I had read this book last year when it first came out. I put it aside thinking it was a smear campaign against the president. I was wrong.

Luke Harding is a Guardian investigative reporter in London. He has credibility, having been stationed in Moscow for four years before Vladimir Putin had him removed for being too critical of his policies. He understands the underhanded tactics that Putin uses. His writing style is smooth. The book unfolds like a political thriller. What's so scary is how much this is proven true under Robert Mueller's FBI investigation. It's as if Harding's version is the declassified one.

Harding starts out with the background on some of the key players who have been indicted: Paul Manafort, Carter Paige, Michael Flynn, all who have met and done deals with Russian businessmen, a euphemism for mafia don and corruption. Why are so many people close to Trump connected to Russian business deals?

Harding didn't write this book as an explosive tell-all to Trump and his closest advisors. There is plenty here about Trump's attempt decades ago to get casinos and hotels in Russia. More damaging to me is his huge debt with Deutsche Bank (DB). Why would DB continue to lend him money when he owes the bank over $300 million? Something doesn't sound right here, and I'm sure DB isn't smelling like fresh Curry Bratwurst right now.

I'm taking a star away only because despite the business dealings and money tied to Russia, I'm not convinced that Russia is to blame for the Trump presidential election in 2016. Russia was hacking both the Democratic National Convention as well as the Republican National Convention and is now suspect with meddling with the British and German elections. What it is guilty of is intervening in our and other countries' electronic security. Putin doesn't use email to order his subordinates, though, so proving his connection to any meddling is going to be difficult. This story isn't over yet
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
modi123
even if you pay attention to all the madness that we have to live in, this book will provide insights in a world you would rather not know about. it all starts in 1984 with Kruschevs call to action to KGB to recruit more aggressively Americans of a certain profile (that is uncannily similar to someone you know well..and who well, becomes the easiest target for kompromat that they could have ever wished for...) .....to today. you can only laugh about the mass amnesia of the cabinet as the accounts are so many that they had to forget everything about their lives to forget all the Russian connections... You will get an exclusive insight of the Putin's way, the dark worlds of the criminal Russian oligarchy, and enough information to understand that collusion is not only undeniable but reaches levels beyond treason. Thank you, Luke Harding, for the thorough research and balls to write this unique, exclusive account. Shame that T cant read. and.. the snapshot from th ebook is yes, something we all know, but seeing it on one page, its brutal...
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
m andrew patterson
COLLUSION by Luke Harding reveals the truth behind the denials of Trump-Russia collusion. He follows up on Christopher Steele's findings with extraordinary detail. This book is well sourced and reads like a classic spy novel, with writing that is captivating and revealing. I found myself recalling Paul Harvey, the great American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days, and at noon on Saturdays, until his death in 2008. He always ended his programs with his famous statement: “Now you know the rest of the story...” And, thanks to Luke Harding, and this revealing book, I can say, NOW YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
anhoni patel
Liked it much better than fire and fury. This books covers a handful of key "scenarios" and supports each with history, and fairly detailed research. Less hearsay and internal white house drama than Fire and fury, which i did not like. Basically from what i gather this is is what the investigation is primarily looking at, so it is a bit helpful if you want to understand more about that. There is a liberal bias in my opinion, but it is nice that the author attempted to be relatively objective and fact driven, and doesn't really claim anything specifically about Trump in terms of saying he knew anything. There are a few times where the author does crack objectivity. It does seem to be more assertive in it assertion that Russia doesn't want the best for the US that message is very clear, there is a lot of history and this was incredibly interesting to me because i was not aware of the extent of the problem specifically with Russia. He covers a handful of key scenarios example: election meddling (hacking) and supports/explains them with history and evidence, and lots of accounts. I personally remain unconvinced that Trump intentionally did anything with Russia after reading this. It is unclear. But that is why investigations are always going on in government to keep an eye on everyone. If they didn't do anything wrong there will be nothing to hide. I love that our government allows this level of transparency; I suspect a book like this would never be written in a country like China or Russia, we should feel really proud of that. I feel it is pretty unprecedented how aggressive Russia has been in trying to influence our government even after the election. Clearly they don't understand the level of transparency and accountability our two party system creates, it is very telling about the system they have :) This is just one source. I wouldn't take it as gospel, nor do i. As far as these kinds of books go, i liked this one. My conclusion, i do think it is too soon to draw any particularly conclusion about trump with regards to Russian collusion after reading it, but that is fine, it is an ongoing investigation we'll see. At least i understand the background and what they are looking at after reading this.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
susieqlaw
Collusion is a fascinating read that presents the hard and circumstantial evidence connecting Donald Trump and his presidential campaign to Russian influence and money. After reading the book, I concluded that DJT is either a Russian stooge or an American traitor. I now understand why he hasn't enforced the sanctions against Russia for meddling in the 2016 U.S.A. election, why he has attacked our own intelligence agencies, why he professes great admiration for Vladimir Putin, and why Russian intelligence operatives were photographed shaking hands with the Donald in the White House. Sad!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
jmck
This book is something what we have already learned on Newspapers, Television, Internet etc. Usually I finish one book in some hours, but the story does not sound sweet nor smooth. Countless books already published, waiting for what we will learn as a result. the store store has so many great new books. I wish the store kindly provides cheaper membership price applied for these New books. So that more audience can enjoy and reach to newly published books easier. I know New books are valuable, but I also hope more audience can easily reach to books. I like books come in bags, not in box.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
wyrenegade
Very well written expose of the interplay between the Trump campaign - and to a lesser extent his presidential administration - and the Russian mafia state. While there is a lot of material that implicates Trump and those close to him, I'm not certain all of this is sufficient to convict him in the court of law. Much of the suspicious money trail was untraceable. Perhaps special counsel Robert Mueller and his dream team of lawyers have or will uncover damning evidence, and prove no one - not even the president - is above the law.

If you're skimming through the book at the bookstore, be sure to read the last couple of pages before the epilogue section, where Mr. Harding summarizes Trump's connections with the Russians and their secret service for decades, the Russian cash infusion into Trump's real estate ventures which also helped rescue his highly leveraged assets during and beyond the 2008 great recession, and all the president's men who have ties to Russia one way or another.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
aaron jorgensen briggs
I'm a progressive, bordering on Democratic Socialism. I so wanted to drive into this book and love it. Unfortunately, if you are a person who follows the daily news, there is zero to be discovered here. Nothing but superficial rehashing of current events. Maybe it will have a purpose 50 years from now when people have forgotten, but if you are at all connected to current events, don't waste your time or money.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
oscarb
Forget “Fire and Fury” - this is a well documented, corroborated account of the Russian connections to Trump and his circle. Luke Harding lived in Russia as an investigative journalist for the Guardian, and has a keen knowledge of the political and oligarchical landscape. The chapter on Manafort’s role in the Ukrainian elections is particularly chilling as it highlights a Russian playbook that could continue to threaten this country long beyond the Trump presidency.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
dan roberts
A masterful, tireless, scintillating, presentation of the evidence behind Christopher Steele's dossier. The criminal entanglement of Trump in the Russian kleptocracy is detailed so clearly and is so extensive that there is no avoiding Trump's betrayal of The United States in order to maintain Russian financial backing for his, Trump's, failing empire. If you already suspected that Trump was a crook and a liar, now you know it for sure. You may add to the indictments he has already earned one more--treason.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
john kissell
Extraordinary research and analysis and a must read for anyone who wants to know what is going in the current US government. Harding's research is deep and wide with details and specifics. All US journalists would benefit from following Harding's model of journalism: follow the money and don't fall for sound bytes.

Our society is much more complicated than American corporate media will ever relay to its audiences. This book shames every person who calls themselves a political pundit and continues the farce that Donald Trump is a legitimate pres
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
raphael
This book is recommended if one had a difficult time keeping up with the investigation of Trump campaign's collusion with Russia, up to the point of the special counsel office's indictments. What Harding details in Collusion is publicly available information, but he made a few things clearer than I had gathered from news reporting. It was a quick read that highlighted major developments. As one would imagine it's early days to do an analysis, so this book cannot possibly serve as one.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
p panther
This is a thorough, well-researched, readable presentation of Trump and the Russians. I read it because I was curious. That I had a difficult time sticking with the book had only to do with my personal feelings about the state of politics. No matter how you feel about the current administration, thus book deserves your attention. If you are at all interested in the many details of Russian interference, you'll find them here. This is an upsetting yet important book.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
michelle szetela
It reveals a lot of inuendo and people meeting people they might not normally associate with. But politicians cover their butts behind so much BS we will probably never know what really went on. Don't count on anyone in Russia to say anything. If you read the conclusion at the end of the book it MIGHT give you hope, if your praying for the mess in Washington to end.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
raffaello palandri
Direct and to the point in workaday prose a tiny slice of global money laundering. This may not be enough to indict all whom deserve to be, but certainly traces the background enough to demonstrate to the ordinary citizen that there is some truth to the Special Counsel investigations.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
pamela gabourie
Those who, like myself, consistently watch/read/listen to Rachael Maddow, New York Times, Washington Post, and podcasts like Pod Save America, have heard much of this story every day in a “episodic” fashion.

Harding’s book does a good job of both describing the big picture as well as going deeper on topics that the aforementioned sources have covered (sometimes) superficially.

The evidence that Trump & Co. have sold out America to Vladimir Putin is staggering: Mueller, help us!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
ketil moland
I picked this up at a local bookstore a few days ago, and haven't been able to put it down. This book has given me insight into everything that we've been reading about coming out of the Mueller investigation, and has helped clear up a lot of questions I have about what's going on.

In a nutshell, we should be scared...very scared. This is not a left-wing witch hunt, but a government with way too many Kremlin / KGB / money laundering ties than I ever would have believed.

Particularly d***ing was the section discussing how Trump's advisers have had ties to previous dictators, and also got them installed through populist messages without much of a basis in their actual practices.

Bottom line after reading this book - we should all be appalled at this government's blatant disregard for our democratic institutions. And anyone who is not is not paying enough attention to the so-called "faux news."
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stevo
Buy the book. Every time another criminal Trump Campaign member gets Indicted; you can go to the Index and look him up. Today Konstantin Kilimnik; the Russian Spy who was Manafort message boy to Deripaska that he would keep them advised as to how Trump’s Campaign was going. The photographs are compelling; Harding included photographs of Trump’s first trip to Moscow in 1987. Every American should read this book and pray for our Country. Prepare to be more outraged than you thought possible.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kristen bauer
“Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win,” by Luke Harding, is a very comprehensive account of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and how money laundering, computer hacking, and questionable real estate deals led to where we are today. The book was even more interesting to read as the now-famous dossier has been such a big part of the news most recently, with the release of the Nunes’ memo and the Democrat’s rebuttal to the memo.

All of Trump’s cohorts are major players in the book, Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, Carter Page, as well as the Russian counterparts, including Sergey Kislyak. The book is well-written and reads like a suspenseful thriller, but unfortunately this is real life, and today Russia is winning this new Cold War, endangering and possibly forever damaging American democracy as we know it. A very scary book that should be read by everyone who believes in democracy. Highly recommended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
alice book
As the investigations wind down, real evidence of collusion has not been proven definitively. This book weaves together rumor, innuendo, and false narratives. It draws heavily on bias and opinion generated by journalists and others, (a smattering of supposed “experts”). I can see it being popular with “Anti-Trumpers” but it lacks credibility.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
heba salama
Very hard to put down! The book gives you a more in depth look at Christopher Steele (A sterling reputation, happy to say) and all the rest. Very detailed, just have to have a bunch of commitments before you start reading, or you probably won't get out of the house. Enjoy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
kamran ahmad
Reads like a John Le Carre spy novel. Engrossing. Well written. Informative and ultimately terrifying. Published before Flynn made his deal with Mueller, and as historical events are now unfolding in real time (like the subpoena of Deutsche Bank and Cyprus Bank records) the revelations in this book make Harding look like an Oracle. If you had any doubts about the veracity of UK spy Steepe or his dossier (as I did), you won't after you read this book. Highly recommended.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
zakk vald
First-class account of a hugely important but very complex issue. Reading this one gets a whole lot more understanding of what this is all about. The writer clearly has good access to Chris Steele, the former MI6 agent who used his sources in Russia to compile the famous or infamous Trump dossier exploring his relations with the Russians going back to the 1980s. But we obviously haven't heard the full story yet.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
blair reeve
So, the book certainly reads well. But there is no newly uncovered information beyond what has already been reported by all US news organizations (aside from Fox News of course). So for those who know nothing about the Russia investigation, just woke up from a coma, or have purposely buried their heads in the sand, then this book will give you a good summary. For the rest of us, this book never delivers the new information a news junkie would expect.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
crank
A riveting, eye-opening insider's presentation of how intelligence professionals both in the U.S. view Donald Trump. Harding establishes that all the western intelligence agencies and world leaders know, and are today operating as if, the Steele dossier is accurate. He reveals that Angela Merkle already knew that Trump's team was in regular contact with Russian spies hackers before the dossier was published. NATO intelligence even knew which 'team of hackers' in Russia was doing the US election-related hacking since the same team had hacked the most recent German and French elections. Don't believe the reviewers who say there is "nothing new" in this book! That's like saying "the behind the scenes clips did not show any additional footage." Virtually everything of importance in the book in new.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
steve peaslee
I have been captivated by on going coverage on not the fake news media CNN.how anybody can this book a one star is beyond me.... it's an enthralling account of how our democratic process was hacked. Well researched and documented. Scary. Harding does his best to keep you turning the pages. I found myself aghast and stunned throughout this book. Share with everyone.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
hans schnier
Difficult reading largely because of the twists and turns of unfamiliar names and places in a web of intrigue and obfuscation over many years. But, it is vitally important to every American to read and digest the gist of greed, power and money worship that consumes and drives the morally rudderless Trump family. They are only in it for themselves - not for us!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
michael hannaford
A thoroughly researched story and lucid narrative from Luke Harding. Mainstream news is dominated by Manafort, Flynn, etc. but Collusion goes beyond the household names and takes you into the heart of oligarchs, spies, politicians, etc. Chapter 7 onwards is absolutely riveting. It is very informative and there are names that you would want to look up on the internet..Highly recommend it..
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
preeti chhibber
Fast paced and detailed, this book reads like a spy novel. I couldn’t put it down. The author, an experienced investigative journalist who’d lived in Russia, makes a persuasive case that Trump may have been compromised for decades.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
daire hogan
Get yourself informed and read the unbiased, unvarnished truth of the world we live in today. Harding reveals the corruption and the forces that shape our political landscape. It's as compelling as it is terrifying.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
lucke1984
I just don't think it is fair to give a book a 1 or 2 star review when you clearly haven't read the book and simply disagree with it for political reasons. Whether you agree with this story or not, it is one of vital importance to this country. We cannot have even the whiff of interference in our elections by foreign countries. If the US cannot trust it's own election results, we have a BIG problem. Harding lays out the evidence quite convincingly.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
karen yoho
This book is the essence of timely! A must read for anyone wanting to become familiar with the landscape, names, and connections between "the players." I give this book a 4.9 because I need more information and background. I hope Luke starts a website to: 1. Provide background regarding energy and monetary resources and reserves at risk of oligarchy, plutocracy, autocracy. 2. Provide charts, photos, and updates as this story continues to unfold before our very eyes and ears. THANK YOU Luke Harding [email protected]
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
pam alexander
Great job of presenting the facts and letting the reader decide the conclusion. And the conclusion is scary and needs to be faced by every American. A bit dry, but oddly, that lends it more credibility. Add it to your “must read” stack.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
nixieknox
Thoroughly researched and excellently articulated. Much of this information has already floated through the headlines but the fast paced nature of our news cycle can make it hard to place everything in context. That’s what this does. It provides context for every strange decision, obvious lie, curious collaboration that we’re already familiar with. It’s a shame the trolls don’t read otherwise this book might change their blind praise of organized crime.
★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
julie holmgren
I worried about reading this book before the Mueller reports come out, and after reading it, wished I had waited.

There is apparently a great deal of research, but it is impossible for me to work out what is true and what is not.

Robert C. Ross
February 2018
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
behemothing
"Collusion" is a true masterpiece and one of the most (if not the most) critically important non-fiction books of modern age. Luke Harding pays an invaluable service to all concerned citizens of the world with his work. An absolute eye-opening must-read.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
caleb ludwick
Illuminating look at all the money laundering that has occurred among the group of people Harding wrote about. And interesting to find out that the code words used for the attempt to lift Magnitsky Act sanctions has been "Russian adoptions".
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
kdawg91
I rarely watch TV news, and find newspaper & internet articles are commonly shallow or misleading. This book seems insightful and in depth. Time may tell how accurate it is. We also may never know.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
angie dobbs
Great book, very interesting to know the depth of Russian involvment among the Trupistas. Mueller certainly has all of this detail and much more. Ivanka may have to learn how to bake a cake with a hacksaw blade inside.
Putin/Trump 2020!
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
angana
If you have not kept with the news since Trump’s election and want to be informed about what has taken place, then this is the book for you. If you’re a news junky and been following the investigation and reporting regarding collusion regarding the presedential election, then this book may not be for you. Much of what is written in the book has and is regularly discussed in the news, although some details and insights are presented. If you are a Trump supporter, then you will want to bypass on this book.

I gave four stars only because the writing style is somewhat dry, and have the feeling this was rushed into publication due the current high interest in current US politics.
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
benet larrick
Most of the information I already knew about, but the last half really picked up steam and had interesting facts. I'm not sure the author is totally trustworthy about his journalistic integrity, but he puts things in context and that's helpful.
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
khanhnguyen
Not a particularly interesting book, much of what is brought forth is already , mostly known to individuals who listen to serious news reporting such as NPR, PBS ...It does a good job at revealing the crassitude of the current president and his total lack of morality .
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
stacey
Reads like a totally engrossing “beach read” and yet, or course, it is a thoroughly researched piece of nonfiction. Obviously some of the credit goes to the ridiculous facts underlying the book, but a great deal should go to the author as well. Read it as soon as possible.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
anita brooks kirkland
Finally a real explanation of what the congress and FBI know and the executive branch also knows but have tried to duck by calling FAKE NEWS. What is difficult to understand why something was not done when first known instead of allowing the situation to develop into a time where the collusion coverup has the power of a president to try and discredit. If the problem would of been dealt with when first known could of been solved without all the political spin use to try and have the problem buried. A crime is a crime - and should never be alloweed to hide itself in the political system. Al Franken was right - his transgressions are minor compared to others. T
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
evan witte
Simply, this is great journalism. Harding exposes the vast connections, of all types, between Russia and Trump, trump family and advisers.
A basic book to understand where we come from and where are we going in the investigation followed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Don't fall on the trap of putin and trump fans in here that will give 1 star only...they are afraid of reality...and always...always...follow the money ;);)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
belle m
Actually a well-researched history of Trump's Russia connections and dealings. Harding's years as a Guardian reporter covering the Soviet Union and Russia make him uniquely qualified to supply context and insight. Fascinating backstories bring to vivid life many of the people we've been hearing about in the Trump case. I've been following the story in the news obsessively, and there were plenty of connections and plot lines that were new to me. Hard book to put down.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
gustav
Regardless of your politics or pre-conceptions, this is definitely worth a read. It is a thinking-person's book; you won't find any slam dunks in here. But the sheer volume of circumstantial evidence is too much to ignore or dismiss. And it keeps growing by the day. As for the value of circumstantial evidence in criminal matters - just ask the many thousands of convicts that spend time behind bars because of "circumstantial evidence". A conviction requires evidence beyond a reasonable doubt - not beyond all doubt.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
rosa maria
The author of the book somehow wants to sell the idea that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians, i.e. Putin. Hence the title...

However, in the book, no evidence whatsoever is provided. Rather, the book provides a fairly comprehensive rehash of a bunch of 'shady' meetings and contacts between Trump campaign staffers and Trump himself. Although there might be money laundering, corruption and other unsavory stuff taking place, the book provides absolutely NO indication that the campaign COLLUDED with the Russians.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
carriedaway
I was going to buy this author's book "A very expensive poison", however, after seeing that he also wrote this fairytale of collusion, I decided I can not trust the contents of either book. 2 years of investigations, dozens of investigators and millions of dollars spent yet zero evidence of actually collusion in the election. Good God.
★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
amy sakasitz
I borrowed this from the library to try to understand how Russia is involved. Unfortunately a few pages in it’s obvious the writer follows the media narrative and believes the Steele dossier is gospel. Too many assumptions and speculations presented as facts. Ashamed that my library owns a copy.
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eva b m
While I am not a paid "reviewer" or part of an organized group set to review books for an agenda, I did read this book. As was previously reported, much of the content was gleaned from everyday TV reporting (and we all know the slanted media take on everything today) and "published" content via blogs and websites. I was disappointed in the bias personally. What I'd really love is a book written in a news-worthy format because we just do not have any media outlet today that actually reports NEWS instead of "opinion'.
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rozy mary
If there is a smoking gun that proves that Trump is beholden to Russia, I want to know about it. Having slogged through this book, though, I can tell you that the smoking gun is not here. That is disappointing, because the cover of the book implies that proof of collusion will be provided. Instead, the book provides a series of "it seemed as if something more was going on" types of speculations. It also restates everything you already know about the alleged scandal.

Some readers will be happy with this book -- primarily those who are already certain that Trump is controlled by Russia, despite the lack of evidence to that effect. If you are a liberal looking for confirmation bias, this book will make you nod knowingly.

Other readers should note that this book accepts the controversial "Russian dossier" about Trump on face value, even though the dossier has been debunked by Newsweek, Bob Woodward, and others, while the New York Times (embarrassed by initially treating the dossier as legitimate) has called it "unsubstantiated." This book's perspective on the dossier is to the left of even the New York Times. At one point, the book references the publication Mother Jones as a mainstream news source -- that says everything you need to know about the author's political slant.

This book provides no insight into Donald Trump himself. If you want to learn something about how Trump's mind works, try Scott Adams' excellent book, Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don't Matter.
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yannis
I borrowed this from the library after reading some negative reviews and watching faux news. Turns out that much like the Mueller investigation it's a waste of time and money.
With the potential of a new special counsel being formed in light of the Judicial committees findings, it appears that the investigation will be redirected at members of the DNC (including hillary, FBI & DOJ executives & Obama the administration. MSNBC,CNN ABC,CBS,NBC have all been down playing this but it's only hurting those that still believe in the apparent contrived nonsense in this book.
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paul rivera
Luke Harding has found it, finally! The real, complete, final proof of COLLUSION between Donald Trump and the Russian government! Secret NSA intercepts, perhaps? Deep dark banking secrets? Sorry, folks. It’s just Donald, Jr’s email exchange with private lawyer and occasional Kremlin emissary Natalia Veselnitskaya. These emails have been picked through by every media organization in the world by now (why? Because Don Jr. made them public, all three of them), and they have all come up short. But for Harding, these emails finally gives us “proof of collusion.” And it took him 249 pages just to get to this point, after spinning every looney-tunes conspiracy theory and crackpot allegation ever aired against Donald Trump.

I call this the wouda-couda shouda school of pseudo-journalism, a crock pot spiced with insinuation and allusion. At one point, Harding even wants us to believe that Donald Trump’s first wife, Ivana Zelnichova might have been a Czech spy! [p219]. As someone who has spent the past thirty-five years as a war correspondent and investigative journalist, I find it a bit disappointing to think that this is the best the Left has to offer. A more shoddy piece of work I have rarely seen.
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patrick thornton
Simply pushing a narrative - information has come out that Carter Page was actually working for the FBI as a UCE-1 i.e. Undercover Employee. Nor has Special Counsel Mueller come up with any charges against CP after over a year investigating - go figure - you are being duped by Luke Harding but that's nothing unusual for a Guardian reporter!
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nachiappan
There has been zero evidence to prove President Trump colluded with the Russians to beat Hillary Clinton. The only evidence that truly proves collusion is when Hillary colluded with Russia & the US Democrat liberal media in a failed attempt to defeat, our President, Donald Trump.
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mohsen
I just got through reading this and I have to say if you are looking for a book with nothing but conjecture and shaky circumstantial evidence built upon a "dossier" filled with VERIFIABLE lies from an oporative that was hired by the clintons, then this will be a delight to read! This book will do nothing but reinforce your confirmation bias!
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sing chie tie
A fictional story by an uncredible 'Luke Harding' aimed at misleading the American people and the free world. The truth has finally came out about how the deceitful DNC along with Obama and Hillary conspired to create this false Russian story line against Donald Trump and attempt to taint our nation. In actuality. it is the Obama presidency and Hillary who had and have the strong Russian ties. This book is a good insight into political propaganda being published.
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dave malone
This whole thing is a none sense. I cannot find any pointer to any evidence that Trump colluded with Russins in this book. Speculitive and almost all his arguments have fallacies of some kind. What a waste of time and money! In fact Aaron Mate on "Real News" interviewed him and asked for evidence when Luke got really mad and eventually hung up!! What a fraud!
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michelle tan
I received this book in exchange for an honest review, Honestly this is no smoking gun, there is no revelation and in light of real facts this was purely conjecture on the part of the author. It reads like fiction as with the majority of the subject matter. Not really worth the time to read but it was a free book with an obligation to review.
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michelle morrell
Not one piece of Evidence. It will be shown that there was never any "Collusion" bet Trump and the Russians....Hey Luke, I got an Idea for a really large book with lots of evidence, proof and people that have committed real crimes involving the Russians....Hillary, DNC, FBI, DOJ, Obama
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justina
I borrowed this from a coworker for i would NOT throw money away on this GARBAGE. I did in fact make it almost halfway through so i Can speak on it and it is CRAP!! There IS NO COLLUTION YOU LIBERAL,CRY ME A RIVER PEOPLE. Ironically what i DO find comforting is,even with this,like a lot of other trash out there,Trump is THRIVING. Despite whatever crap you throw or threats you make he still keeps pushing through for the American people. Just remember the election people,you ARE and always WILL be in the minority. God bless trump and God bless america. And i do mean The God of issac,abraham and jacob. NOT THE god of your choosing
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stephen porath
This book is total trash. Democrats are trying to convince everyone that this is real when the Clintons and Obama were the ones who really worked with the Russians. Its been confirmed that this whole story was fabricated.
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sean flannery
This book contains no facts and reliable data. It caters to people who have not informed themselves by verifying data, because if they did they would send it back demanding their money back with a complaint of being "dumbed down" and a complete waste of time that they will never get back!
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patrick dugan
I’ll make this brief. Where is this evidence? and why is there no charges? Before the election when it was believed by polls that Hillary would win, Obama and many others scoffed at the idea that anyone could rig a nation wide election. 24 hours after Hillary lost the idea suddenly was possible? We know Hillary rigged the democrat election, we also know she was selling plutonium and was taking contributions from foreign governments and was using an illegal server. All this was determined to be of little interest and deemed there wasn’t any criminal intent. This isn’t about collusion it’s about impeachment for anything Muller can dig up. We are allowing the constitution to be trampled and laws ignored all in the name of how can we get Trump!
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amr ashraf
‪Hardings claims are worthless since he can’t produce any evidence to support his claims ‬! At one point he talks about frances election may have been hacked by the Russians knowing full well that associated press announced that pres marcon said NO TRACE OF RUSSIAN HACKING !
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liz b
Harding starts out with a belief and then goes about the process of trying to find "facts" to make his belief real.

The pages of this book are full of innuendo and hearsay, there is not one single fact that proves anything close to "collusion" with Russia by the Trump team. One example of the kind of "evidence" Harding uses is an email from a Russian associate of Paul Manafort that contains an emoticon at the bottom as a sign off. Harding then cites a tweet made by a Russian diplomat in London in 2013 that used a similar emoticon. Seriously, this is what Harding provides as 'evidence'. If you want to waste you money on lies and brain rot, go ahead.
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marianna
The title should say "I wish there were collusion" by diffusional political story teller. I saw a video interview with the author and under scrutiny, all of his arguments fell quickly. Video: Where's the 'Collusion'?
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kork moyer
Timely indeed. However, this is no better than fake news. The author attempts to draw conclusions out of the air with little or no real reference and certainly no facts. What a disappointment. I had hoped this would be an attempt at honest journalism but, sadly, it is nothing but an attempt to make money off current events.
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jazzmin
0 proof book, purely opinion by Luke Harding. Jumping on the band wagon of Trump/Russia to make money. He talks about a lot, but gives no actionable evidence in this book of anything. if you like opinions, then this book is for you. If you want something that gives real insight, this isn't it.
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gunnar
Actually comical in the fact that you can sell anything as long as you tell people what they want to hear. If you need someone to justify your beliefs that facts have denied to be truths, here it is. Eat it up cupcakes!!!!
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sherry mcconnell
Why would Russia want Hillary Clinton to be defeated when they had paid 145 million into the Clinton foundation to buy twenty percent of our uranium? That just does not make sense . Follow the money ! .

In what universe are we that that the Uranium One sale is not instantly condemned as an act of treason? Russia and Iran are joined at the hip. Don't you think some of our uranium is destined for Iran?. Whatever Trump did pales in comparison. Putin was as surprised as anyone that Trump won.

It is a well known, and often successful technique, to project onto others the crimes of oneself.
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boris
it claims to reveal something verifiable, at the very least, but it cannot do it, Therefore it is pure fiction. Mueller has been investigating Trump and the Russians for a long time now. Really now, if there was any evidence, they would have brought it up before the election. Now the real evidence is the Obama Crime Spree what was all covered up for Clinton, betting it would be swept under the rug when she won. But she lost. Get over it and it's fiction.
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w sean
Of course now we know that the real collusion was between Hillary and Bill Clinton, Russia and the Democratic Party. Now let's see your new book exposing the real threat to the national security of the USA when you follow the money that the Russians gave to the Clinton machine.
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jennifer barbee
The Steele Dossier has been thoroughly discredited and in all likelihood was part of a Kremlin disinformation campaign, which, incidentally, was financed by the Clinton campaign. Furthermore, the FBI investigated the Dossier’s claims for the past year and can corroborate not a single one of them! Trump-Russia is a fraud launched by Democrats to explain their historic beating in 2016, and to undermine the Trump presidency.
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sewak singh
Your book is full of conjecture with absolutely no facts. If all of these things happened, why are they not out in the public sphere over a year after the election? Total fiction and I recommend it if that’s what you like. If you want non-fiction, this isn’t for you.
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sheryl creech
With the Steele dossier being bought and paid for by Hillary Clinton herself. The knowledge that Hillary's emails were not stolen by Russian hackers but by DNCs failure to secure their systems and not click on phishing emails. This seems like yet another attempt to divert blame from the guilty. Maybe Imran Awan should be asked, I bet he and his family have some interesting stories to tell about what was really happening at the DNC. This book is laughable, at best. None of the speculation within has been verified and has overall been disproven.
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allison price
I am perplexed that Harding's account doesn't appear to coincide with Steele's under-oath court testimony. Was he lying to the courts or to this author? Can this book be used against Steele in the various libel lawsuits he is defending?
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