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

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  3,180 ratings  ·  406 reviews
With the recent indictments of Paul Manafort, Richard Gates, and George Papadopoulos, Russia expert Luke Harding lays out the most in-depth look to date at the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia. Beginning with a meeting with Christopher Steele, the man behind the shattering dossier that first brought the allegations to light, Harding probes the histories of key Russian ...more
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Published November 16th 2017 by Vintage
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Will Byrnes
I think people are very familiar with the American heroes of the story—or antiheroes if you like—whether it’s Paul Manafort or Carter Page or Donald Trump Jr. But they are less familiar with the Russians. And what we’re talking about here is an alleged conspiracy with two halves. What I wanted to try and illuminate was what the Russians were doing. And I wanted it to be contextual, to explain that if you really want to interpret what happened last year [2016] in America, you need to go backward
Bill Kerwin
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it

This is an old review--pre-Mueller report--but I'm going to let it stand as it is. I have read the Mueller report carefully--see my review--and I found no reason to change substantially anything I said.

“No collusion, no collusion, no collusion!” Our president may repeat it as many times as he chooses, but anyone with a brain—anyone who strives to be objective—can see that the Trump campaign colluded with Russians. Just look at DJT Jr.'s Trump Tower “adoption” meeting: collusion is evident there.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Men are so simple of mind, and so much dominated by their immediate needs, that a deceitful man will always find plenty who are ready to be deceived. --Machiavelli

Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia,Russia....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Nov. 26, 2017

"...'collusion,' which doesn't exist. The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics" Id.

"Who ya gonna believe: me
The smoking gun is still missing, but Luke Harding delved deep into any possible source that might proof collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. The author laid out an extensive plot of global, febrile mafia bosses, criminals, money launderers, corrupt politicians and unscrupulous bankers populating the immediate vicinity of The Trump. The author tried to find that missing link between Putin and Trump that had to be there:

Sure, there were ideological similarities: a contempt for international
Harry Buckle
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply the most important book published this year. Brings clarity to the swirling murk around the US elections and much more. Do not think 'I don't read politics' this book is about matters that affect your life and are material to the well being of both the West and East. I was tempted to stress 'Trust me. As an author my self and an ex MI6 and KGB man'-that's true by the way...but I do not want to take away from the fact the YOU MUST READ THIS- as soon as possible. Despite this review having ...more
Steven Z.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Each day it seems as if the American people are exposed to the drip, drip of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the possible role played by the Trump campaign in collusion with the Putin government. We hear about Christopher Steele’s “Dossier,” the link between Russian oligarchs and their ties to Putin, meetings with Trump officials, the role of Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager facing indictment, the flipping of a Trump foreign policy advisor to the Mueller ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, politics, trump
3rd book for 2018.

If you have to choose between reading Fire and Fury and this, read this. Harding, using the Steele dossier as a backbone and adding his own personal insights as ex-Moscow correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, paints a vivid picture of Trump's many many links to Russia. If you want to get up to date on what we know the Russia case as of late-2017 this is the book.

Harding does an excellent job of giving a background on Steele and how his dossier became public (despite the FBI
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Unfortunately, nothing new here and even if one is simply looking for a recap or chronology – this book doesn’t help. The narrative is jumbled, hindered by starts and stops. The writing is overwrought with many of the digressions/topics superfluous. And the author’s self-aggrandizement by continually inserting himself into the story serves no purpose except to aggravate the reader.

Pass on this one.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm no fan of Trump, but I guess I am just not convinced that the dossier is real and that Trump is a Russian puppet. I think he's incompetent and all of his people are beyond the pale, but purposeful collusion with Russia? Even after the reading this book, I am not convinced the sins of the regime rise to the level of treason. Don't get me wrong, I think Trump is not qualified to hold this office and will go down in history as our worst president, but I guess I just don't really buy this story. ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This book isn't telling anyone whose been paying attention to the Trump saga anything that they weren't already aware of. It does lay out everything in a type of chronological order that makes it easier to digest outside of what feels like a perpetual crazed Trump news debacle.
Will it convince people that there was collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia? I doubt it. I don't think this would change anybody's mind because things are so devisve. That said, the book doesn't seem to be taking
Maru Kun
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
A competent, balanced, well informed and not over dramatic summary of what is known to date about the Trump campaign's interaction with Russian operatives but not offering much new to a well informed Trump watcher. Recommended for anyone needing to catch up on the detail of "L'affair Russe". ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, politics
Guardian journalist Luke Harding's book is an in-depth look at the Trump family, their dealings with Russia before and during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the extent to which the Russian government and major financial institutions like Deutsche Bank are involved in worldwide financial corruption and money laundering. Harding does an excellent job at taking the disjointed, murky, and often financially complex pieces of information about what happened and shaping a coherent narrative f ...more
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.

More of a collation of reports than an in-depth investigation. Anyone following PBS or public radio won't uncover anything new. It was a book sale purchase and I thought it would distract fr
The most up-to-date book about the ongoing investigation into collusion between the Trump camp and Russia. After introducing Christopher Steele and the dossier he compiled, this book zipped along, demonstrating how the allegations in the dossier had been proven to be solid intel. We are still waiting on evidence of video tape in which Trump instructs Russian prostitutes to pee all over the bed President and Michelle Obama had slept in while in Russia as well as evidence of the many financial tra ...more
Joe Defiant
Jan 01, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Luke's evidence of collusion is basically Putin is bad and Soviet secret agents did secret agent stuff in the past. Please watch this interview with the author before wasting your time purchasing or reading, I wish I would have: ...more
Chris Steeden
I like Harding’s books. OK, this is only the second one I’ve read, the other being ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ but both have been absolutely compelling. The topic can be extremely convoluted, but his writing is such that it is made very clear and almost reads like a thriller. In this case a spy thriller. Spies, lies and a whole lot of secret shenanigans.

In 2014 the US put sanctions on Russia due to the invasion of the Ukraine. This was crippling the Russian economy and they needed those sanctions
There is nothing concrete, just zero, nothing at all
It s simply some kind of hysteria
give them a pill

V. Putin

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House by Luke Harding – review


OMG!!! Jill Stein too???
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been following the trump campaign and his presidency very closely. I’ve literally read all the reports from every source I could find, and this book threads all that information together into a coherent story. Harding manages at the same time to add texture and personal antidotes because he was a journalist based in Russia for 4 years from The Guardian English newspaper.

If you want to understand how a Russian intelligence operation got trump elected, read this book.
Westminster Library
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, this has all the “pop” that Fire and Fury didn’t. This book is more focused on the intelligence community, including Christopher Steele. There is a lot of background showing business ties between Donald Trump and Russian business men. There is a lot of suggestion of possible involvement between the Trump’s organization/family and Russian intelligence personnel.

Find Collusion: secret meetings, dirty money, and how Russia helped Donald Trump win at the Westminster Public Library.
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.

Yet another book to teach me something about the world! And this one was really good. The only downside is that I thought I should have read a physical copy, not listened to it as an audiobook. A mistake on my part, but it made it hard for me to make connections when I just wanted to scribble all over a book.

I have to say, this book was terrifying. It covers when the USSR was still a thing through to as recently as the book came out in 2017.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
There is a LOT I could write about this book... mostly criticism... but I'll restrict myself to a few representative examples.

Like many, I've been following the Trump-Russia/Russia hacking story. I like to get different points of view, so I picked up this book from the public library.

First, some praise. Mr Harding clearly knows the ins-and-outs of Russia well. There are long passages where he documents the activities of a multitude of unsavory characters, many Russian, some not. Harding's accoun
A must read.

Just lacks referencing and notes. 4 stars.
Jeff Gassman
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Goes into detail...

I liked the detail and back stories Luke went into. Lots of good info here, basically impossible to say Trump had nothing to do with Russia when that's who saved his hide.
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very enlightening! An easy and comprehensive read that brings together all the various revelations I've heard and read in the media, Thank you.

I am recommending this book to my friends and relatives. It is understandable to me now why trump is so supportive of Putin.
James Lewis
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Harding, a former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, takes all we knew about the connections between Donald Trump's business and campaign connections with Putin's Russia through the end of October, adds background going back to the 1980's that was new to me, and puts them in one place.

The result is damning. The research is exhaustive. The book is not without fault, and it was clearly written in haste. One principal appears by last name without introduction. Others come back into the nar
Peter O'Kelly
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A detailed investigative journalism survey of Trump/Trump associates' deep ties to Putin/Putin associates.

Nov 15, 2017 marked it as tbr-recent
Requested 11/15/17 that both local library systems buy this book.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Luke Harding is a former Russia correspondent for the Guardian of the UK. He was eventually expelled from Russia for writing articles critical of Putin. This book will not help him get his Russian visa back. I have sat back and watched this Trump-Russia thing unfold with a skeptical eye, thinking Trump too moronic to pull it off (although Putin seems pretty smart). This may still be the case, but this work of investigative reporting is pretty damning. And much that was allegation last year when ...more
Andrew Van Horn
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a fast read, and it provides backstory about many of the people referenced in the news. ...more
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
While the book doesn't really reveal anything new for those who been following the Trumps campaign weird relationship with Russia it does lays bare how deep the Republican party and a significent part of American society have sunk.

Perhaps the most interesting parts for most people are the segments about Deutsche bank and the influence of oligarchs on United States based real estate. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and in Russia every layer of society seems to have been co-opted by the FSB an
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Luke Daniel Harding is a British journalist working as a foreign correspondent for The Guardian. He was the correspondent of The Guardian in Russia from 2007 until, returning from a stay in the UK on February 5, 2011, he was refused re-entry to Russia and deported back the same day. The Guardian said his expulsion was linked with his critical articles on Russia, while Russia's foreign ministry sai ...more

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