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House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia

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House of Trump, House of Putin offers the first comprehensive investigation into the decades-long relationship among Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian Mafia that ultimately helped win Trump the White House.

It is a chilling story that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming, money-drenched world of New York real estate, and ends wit
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Published August 14th 2018 by Dutton
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Bill Kerwin
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, politics

If you are a Trump/Russia nut like I am, a lot of the stuff Unger writes about in House of Trump, House of Putin is stuff you have heard before. Still, I must give him credit: because of his meticulous, detailed reporting, at least one tantalizing, largely-ignored passage in the Steele Dossier is clearer to me now than it was before I read his book. So I guess I won’t have to email Rachel Maddow after all.

The Dossier passage which fascinates me so is this:
. . . in terms of established operati
David Katzman
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So now it's clear that Mueller found enough evidence for obstruction of justice that Trump can and should be impeached. He found enough to indicate collusion with the campaign as well, but not enough to make a criminal charge for conspiracy. That merely means he didn't FIND the evidence, not that it didn't occur. I think there is still more to come out, and I'm hopefully that impeachment proceedings will begin and a RICO charge will be filed against the Trump Enterprise in Southern District of N ...more
Steven Z.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I began reading Craig Unger’s new book HOUSE OF TRUMP HOUSE OF PUTIN: THE UNTOLD STORY OF DONALD TRUMP AND THE RUSSIAN MAFIA, I did so with great anticipation. Unger’s previous monographs, HOUSE OF SAUD HOUSE OF BUSH and THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF BUSH immediately captured my interest and developed themes that were strongly supported by documentary evidence and interviews. In his newest effort, Unger has not totally measured up to preceding works. First, if one has followed the news the last ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is nothing light-hearted about this book; it is frighteningly serious. If you want a giggle about the US Pres, well, there's Unhinged, Everything Trump Touches Dies, and several other more or less serious entries. This book will scare you shitless if you live anywhere in the so-called Western world. Unger paints Russia as basically a country controlled by organized crime lords (Oligarchs, if you like) with Putin being the capo di tutti capi and the richest man in the world (circa 200 billi ...more
Elizabeth A.G.
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Craig Unger convincingly presents the frightening manipulations, lies, conspiracies, murders, greed, foreign incursions by Putin and his oligarchs, and the spread of the Russian mafia into Europe and the U.S. in order to expand the power base and return Russia to what Putin views as the rightful restoration of its past glory and importance in the world. The Russian connections to power brokers and politicians point to collusions on all levels, including to Mr. Trump, wittingly or unwittingly, an ...more
I’m glad I’m not taking a test on the “House of Putin” part of this book. There is name after name, crime after crime, outrage after outrage. The sums of money are huge. The author makes it clear at the start of the book, Trump's Russian connections have been public for years. The result is that regardng The“House of Trump”, I could pass the test without reading the book... it's all been published before.

The Putin part seems to be there to show the extent of Russian corruption. It shows how Put
Mary Abbott
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

It's taking me longer than usual to write a review because I am speechless! I fear for Mr Unger's life with this book's release. Putin and his murderous thugs will find a way for him to have an accident.
Mirek Jasinski
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have found no new information for me, as I have followed the story closely over the years. The book is a good read, though, and might be an eye-opener to somebody who does not know much about the situation in Russia.

Robert A. Yaffee, Ph.D.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Craig Unger, in his "House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia presents a thesis as to how Donald Trump was compromised by Russian money laundering after having been followed by the Checkoslovakian STB, and later evaluated, targeted, and cultivated by Russians. The book is well researched, written, and replete with the scholarly documentation. Unger's approach focuses on the evolution of the personal connections and mob networks of Donald Trump and hi ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Americans at this present moment in time can seemingly find little to agree on. One area of consensus however is that there are a glut of books about Donald Trump flooding the shelves. Most explore his presidency but few seemingly have looked at his formative years before assuming office. Craig Unger’s “House of Trump, House of Putin” fills that void. It is a parallel biography of two very different men both in background and temperament, who through a complex web of intermediaries, celebrities ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Ok, there's a lot of stuff about the Russian mob, crooked oligarchs, etc. A lot of this is lifted off books like Robert Friedman's "Red Mafiya". At some point it felt like I was reading a book about the Russian mob instead of about Trump. Did Trump sell a lot of properties to Russians of dubious character? Yes. But the point is, it was legal, there were no laws preventing him from selling his properties to offshore corporations. Did people in his campaign and/or administration have a lot of deal ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books are all starting to run together on the facts, and yes I know I should quit reading them ;)

There were a few new to me nuggets of factoids, but I did find myself skimming a bit when getting to facts I've read in other books.

Robert Mueller just please hurry and wrap it up so we have some answers and more books to be written.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's not much "new" here. It's resourced thoroughly from journalists and FBI files. I'm only left wondering how he was allowed to run for president in the first place. He should've been and should be in jail.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly researched and comprehensive assessment of everything we know about the Russian asset in the WH. Only time will tell if we can make it out if this mess and stop denying what is in plain sight before us.

Description: It is a chilling story that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming, money-drenched world of New York real estate, and ends with Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States. That moment was the culmination of Vladimir Putin’s long mission to undermine Western democracy, a mission that he and his hand-selected group of oligarchs and associates had ensnared Trump in, starting more than twenty years ago with the massive bailout of a string of sen
Daniel Kelly
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! After reading this book many of Trump’s more bizarre moves suddenly make sense. If this information became well known, even the Trumpiest of Trumpsters might have to rethink their positions.
Karel Baloun
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written before the release of the Mueller Report and before the Impeachment, this deeply researched document shows why the GOP is circling the wagons, and how deeply Russian money has infected that party. Pelosi picked her battle brilliantly, and future investigations will reveal much much more… because the truth is already documented in court filings, and just needs to become known. If financial documents are opened, they can clearly demonstrate that Trump has laundered many billions of Russian ...more
Donna Hines
There's only so much Russian Mob information I can absorb and this was almost entirely all about the mob and the players that took out anyone opposed to them.
DT was in essence the mole, the puppet, and the con man who had connections with the Russians who supported his business endeavors so therefore they pulled all the strings and he simply did as told . Off shore accounts, shady business deals, Russians using Trump Towers like a hang out, Russians loaning money when other banks refused Trump,
Mike Boutot
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent resource for those interested in Trump’s connections to Russia and that’s country’s efforts in the U.S. The book goes into great depth about the influx of Russian organized crime into the U.S. and how Soviet, then Russian intelligence used that network for its own ends. The on criticism I have is that there’s almost too much detail. Unger frequently gives lists of names of those attached to a more important figure or event, but many of those people do not become relevant later on. I ...more
Sharon C. Robideaux
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Powerful and persuasive

Like many people, I was not persuaded by what I saw on the news channels (I watch about 6 different programs) about a Russian connection. Now I am. After reading Unger's thoroughly documented, densely factual book, I am persuaded that Putin is behind much that is corrupt in the world. I am persuaded that Donald Trump has an illegitimate claim to the White House. And I am persuaded that Mitch McConnell is a bigger traitor than Benedict Arnold.
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
If you follow the Trump/Russia story (or just the news in general), there isn't much new here. I was hoping the author, an accomplished journalist, would put some of the Trump hotel deals under the microscope like the New Yorker did with the failed Trump project in Baku a couple of years back.

The book is good at tracing different storylines and highlighting the sordid characters with links to Russian organized crime who have swirled around Trump over the years (decades). The early chapters rely
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
You always hear about people saying that a book, movie, whatever "changed " their life. THIS is a life-changing book. It has, in effect RUINED my life. I am consumed with dread, hopelessness, shock, disbelief. If what Craig Unger says in this book is true.....what hope is there for this country? Forget horror novels, THIS is the scariest book that I have ever read.
Lance Johnson
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was debating what to rate this book; a part of me felt it was worth five stars due to the contemporary relevance of the content but another part felt it was more of a three due to some flaws with the book. So, I split the difference and went with four stars.
The book spends most of its time discussing the rise of the international Russian criminal organizations and their ties to both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. While very interesting, the book doesn't really present much new information s
Rogier Konings
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Very thoroughly investigated book that dives deeply into the connection between Trump & Putin.

Although the book sometimes falls into giving the reader a summary of known connections, they do keep the reader interested.

The book reads like an investigative spy journal, and makes the reader sometimes forget that this is actually the hard reality of the world the we currently live in.

Do not expect a memoire. If you are, however, interested in politics than I highly recommend reading this book.
Courtney Beth
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a terrifying and important read. The history of many Trump associates, as well as Trump himself, tie back to the Russian mafia. For all of us living through this illegitimate Putin-backed coup, it's worth a read.
D. Wyatt
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not fun but certainly fascinating.
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Necessary and frightening.
Donna Nix
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, make that 7 stars.

I expect loyalty from my cabinet.
My way or the highway...
I could shoot someone on 5th ave.....
My former lawyer is a RAT...

Sound like mob talk? It did to me. So, I've been wondering if DJT (I won't use his name) has mob ties. This book has the answers and more. This will answer almost all the questions about DJT, V. Putin, and organized crime. (The connections are much much deeper than the average person realizes.)

It's not a fast read. In fact it's very dense with all the Ru
Stephen Selbst
Mar 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
This is what reporters call a "clip job", a rewrite of previously written stories told in a hyperventilated style. Most of the book is about Russian organized crime; relatively little is about Trump or Putin. There's nothing in this book that hasn't been reported elsewhere. Don't waste your time. If I could give it zero stars I would.
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-read
Both illuminating and infuriating.
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Craig Unger is an American journalist and writer. His most recent book is The Fall of the House of Bush, about the internal feud in the Bush family and the rise and collusion of the neoconservative and Christian right in Republican party politics, viewing each group's weltanschauung and efforts concerning present and potential future US policy through a distinctly negative prism. His previous work ...more

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