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4.31  ·  Rating details ·  470 ratings  ·  82 reviews
It has been called the political crime of the century: a foreign government, led by a brutal authoritarian leader, secretly interfering with the American presidential election to help elect the candidate of its choice. Now two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller investigates the truth about the Kremlin’s covert attempt to dest ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Custom House
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Brian Mikołajczyk Really not much. It is a summary of the Russian ties to Trump's associates up to the Helsinki Summit. It is just the latest in a series of…moreReally not much. It is a summary of the Russian ties to Trump's associates up to the Helsinki Summit. It is just the latest in a series of contemporary books about the administration.(less)
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Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are starting to run together, but there are still some new nuggets of info in this book. I turned on some highlights for those interested.

Oh, and Mitch McConnell and Devin Nunes, may you rot in hell when you meet your maker for what you have done to this country.
Muhammad Ahmad
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
Having read most of the books & memoirs coming out of the Trump admin, for me Greg Miller's "The Apprentice" stands out as the most illuminating investigation into Trump's ascent, the GOP's complicity, Obama's abdication & Russia's aggressive sabotage of US democracy. Miller presents rigorous and irrefutable evidence from multiple independent sources of the scale and determination of the Russian campaign to assist's Trump's election.
Scott Rhee
Greg Miller’s “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia, and the Subversion of American Democracy” is, perhaps, the most up-to-date, cumulative, and concise historical overview of the whole current mess surrounding our president and his potential ties to Russia since last year’s “Russian Roulette” by Michael Isikoff and David Corn, but considering the fact that the Mueller investigation is still on-going and God knows how it will end for Trump (at this point, any rational-minded person is thinking, “not we ...more
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If one has fallen asleep in 2015 and woke up in 2019 and did not know what has happened in the past three years, this would be the perfect book to read.
If you are a history teacher and assign a book to the freshman class of INTRO to "The World of Trump", this is the book to read.
Its very thorough and well measured review of what is happening to the US in Trump Times.
But for anyone looking for something new, this is not that book.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like a spy thriller but it's real life. I almost expected it to have a happy ending but turns out Trump is still president. Apologies to all friends for politic-ing up your feed.
Mark Valentine
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In steady, emotionless sentences, Miller relates the bone-chilling, soul-crushing, fear-inducing treasonous steps the Trump Organization has taken in dismembering democratic structures and Constitutional safeguards in its rise to power. Because the story unfolds at this moment and because Miller is a journalist and not a theorist, he lets the facts show us what is happening.

I will infer and state what Miller has portrayed: It can happen here. Fascism is upon us, American-style, and the sooner we
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Probably the book with the most "new" information. So many of the others have been repetitive. I requested this one before I swore off books about the-toddler-in-chief. My husband liked it, so I listened to it, too.
Chris Casey
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another reviewer already captured my initial reaction to this book perfectly by stating, "If one has fallen asleep in 2015 and woke up in 2019 and did not know what has happened in the past three years, this would be the perfect book to read."

I have been a voracious consumer of Trump-era books this last year. Some are more substantive than others, some are more memoirs with a dash of Trump, some try to dissect how we got where we are. It's probably not a healthy habit, to constantly delve into t
Brian Bridgeforth
Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
For those who are too busy to keep up with all the twists and turns in regards to Trump and Russian meddling in the 2016 election, this is a great book to get you up to speed. This book covers everything through Michael Cohen naming Trump as a coconspirator in the illegal payoff of women during the campaign along with Trump’s meeting with Putin in Helsinki where he refused to publicly back the intelligence community’s findings over Putin’s denials. For those who follow the news closely, most of ...more
Andy Osburn
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Unfortunately the story doesn’t have an end. The book is based almost entirely on reporting by the Washington post, so if you’re a subscriber and have been paying close attention almost nothing in here will be a surprise. The book does a nice job of consolidating these stories into a larger narrative with a bit of perspective that isn’t possible just by rereading the previous news stories, which you can look up in an extensive bibliography in the back. If you didn’t read these stories the first ...more
Ron Quartel
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An important read. Shocking. The world needs to know what Putin (and Trump) are really up to.
Jim Breslin
Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While a few books about the Trump era have received the most press, mainly Bob Woodward’s Fear and Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury, The Apprentice by Washington Post’s national security reporter Greg Miller may be the most important. With the news cycle spinning dizzily these days, it’s easy to forget the now-verified details of the Russian digital invasion into the minds of American voters. Miller captures all these fragmented pieces into a cohesive tome that covers the clandestine digital war, t ...more
Randall Harrison
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-affairs
If you watch Fox News, don't read this book. You won't believe a word of it. For everybody else, i.e., any open-minded person, this book will remove any doubt whatsoever you might have of the the President's guilt. Trump can spout "no collusion" and claim the Russians didn't aid his campaign. The facts plainly painted here scream otherwise.

Miller lays out a compelling and convincing case that Donald Trump eagerly and opportunistically colluded with the Russians to win the election. Compounding
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If one has been trying to keep up with illegalities of the Dumbtruck criminal gang, little in this book will be new. It does, however, provide one of the most documented accounts of all that criminality and just plain stupidity. When you are President, it is, indeed a crime to be stupid. Bush43 was guilty. The current idiot is proving to be a very useful idiot to Putin. That makes the idiot a criminal.
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the most comprehensive account of the Trump vs. Russia Saga to date. After reading Greg Miller's book, "The Apprentice" the pieces of the puzzle are put together and you can finally see what is happening. Greg Miller makes it crystal clear, the truth is right in front of you.

If you truly believe in the United States, then you must believe in the rules that we have and must follow to make sure we stay a country. We must have the rule of Law or it all falls apart. NO ONE, is above the
Tom Schulte
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andy Thomas has updated his hugely popular painting of Republican presidents by adding Donald Trump in. I think, after reading this detailed exploration of the pro-Trump meddling by Russians of the 2016 Election, that he should do one of Trump at the Resolute desk sharing a laugh with Putin and Julian Assange.

That aside, is fascinating and detailed account of how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) was first infiltrated by the Russian hacker groups Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear as well as Faceboo
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 17, history
A very readable synopsis/time-line – up to about Labor Day of this year, (2018) - of the Russian “interference” in - and subsequent investigation of - the 2016 US Presidential election. There’s very little analysis, as well as little new here if you’ve been following the investigation/travails in the news. The book is a straightforward narrative driven by personalities and anecdotes – with minimal journalistic backslapping/high-fiving/log rolling. And unlike Bernstein & Woodward, the author ...more
Reggie Martell
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Trump is on cover, and Miller, et. al. do indeed lay waste to the president's denials of wrongdoing, foreshadow the Donald's future obliteration at the hands of Robert Muller, but this is a story of many bad actors, and none are spared. The DNC is portrayed as technically, intellectually and morally ill-equipped in the face of an existential threat from a hostile foreign government; engaging in a a little disenfranchisement of their own, muscling Hilary up the stage while knee caping Bernie San ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Greg Miller, a national security correspondent with The Washington Post presents to us his recently released book, “The Apprentice: Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy.” Mr. Miller is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and in writing this review, I may have been a little unfair to his book. I am an avid reader and of particular with Trump/Russia books; and what I found particular interesting in this read is the weaving of the overall narrative of the Trump/Russia story aimed ...more
Scott Martin
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With any book about Donald Trump, it will most likely elicit a polarizing response. For his supporters, any book that is negative about him will be vilified and deemed worthy of burning. For his detractors, any book that paints him in a negative light is one worth reading and will be rated highly. Given that this book is about how Russia interfered with the 2016 Election which benefited Trump and how many in his inner campaign circl
Stephen Morrissey
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Greg Miller's play-by-play of the Russian cyberattack on the 2016 presidential election, and the Trump campaign's role in facilitating and participating in that attack, should rate as one of the cornerstones of a case against the President. Through dogged reporting and a clear, insightful recitation of the facts, Miller takes us from the GOP primaries in 2015 through Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki in 2018, recounting all of the ties that bind Putin and Trump.

While there
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Of all the books I have read on this subject, Miller's is the most in depth and up to date thus far. With the latest "bombshell" information coming out daily, the facts presented here support it all and describe a timeline of how we got to where we are. The most compelling was Miller's report on the election: "On the eve of the election, major polls were still predicting a Clinton victory. Trump himself seemed to move through his final campaign appearances in an uncharacteristically morose mood. ...more
Wendelle So
This is written by a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and chronicles known relationships and activities between Trump's campaign and administration and the Kremlin with meticulous detail. Not an explosive expose of new material, nevertheless this book provides clarity, context, and a connected narrative of Russian machinations to interfere in America's elections, and Trump, Obama, the DNC, and the intelligence agencies' responses. Probably the most surprising and alarming information I found in t ...more
Richard Block
The Retread

There is nothing wrong with Greg Miller's book EXCEPT that I learned nothing new from it that I didn't learn from Bob Woodward's book and the half dozen others I have read about Trump on the same terrain. It is written in the same flat, non-judgemental journalistic style that puts facts first, far ahead of analysis or interpretation.

Events drive everything. There are few new insights or themes in this one. Maybe we've been so shocked we have become inured to the horror of our now ruin
David Wunderlich
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I listened to the audiobook.

This is a rare document in that it actually puts all the events in chronological order (mostly) rather than the order in which they because publicly known. It’s valuable in that way.

It also is noticeably incomplete. On the day I began listening to it, the SCO inducted Roger Stone. He is only mentioned once, in passing, before the afterword.

The book pointedly stops at the Helsinki meeting, calling it the end of the second third of the story. That might be generous. It
Brandon Shuler
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part espionage, part salacious, all excellent reporting. Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post investigative reporter condenses the Russian interference into the 2016 U.S. presidential election into a fast moving timeline that leaves no room to discuss or guess if Russian actors took part in subverting our most treasured democratic institution: our presidential election.

Using the headlines of the day and reams of declassified government documents, Miller creates a strong case against the cu
Basim Aftab
An up to date insight into the circus going on in the white house, which clears a lot of questions from the eyes and experience of Greg Miller who has been within earshot to the prominent entities involved. He puts it straight and vivid without a lack of dose of thrill and excitement, with thorough backgrounds of the characters that will clear the story even more for you than 8am news flashes. One would think that things are a lot less serious for Trump during this Russian intervention controver ...more
Nick Winlund
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A darn good book on the intricacies of the Trump Admin; from Wikileaks, election meddling, and Papadopoulos to the 2016 election and Manafort, Carter Page, Flynn, and what levers Robert Mueller is pulling.

Author Greg P. Miller is a National Security reporter with the Washington Post. This book goes a lot into NatSec and also talks about trump's personnel at the WH and NSC.

If you don't walk away disturbed after reading this book then you aren't getting the whole picture. Anyone with half a brain
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Greg Miller covers national security for The Washington Post, and is the author of "The Apprentice -- Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy," a book published in 2018 by the Washington Post and Harper Collins. Miller was among the Post reporters awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Russia's interference in the 2016 election and the fallout under the Trump administration ...more
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