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Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump

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The never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS.

Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Random House
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Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book of the 100 or so I've read this year. It's a well-articulated history of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Reading this is like being given a summary of Rachel Maddow shows for the last three years.

My critical takeaway: Trump is so mobbed up that it's frightening and a national security risk. He and Putin want to remake the world order so that they are the two major geopolitical powers, Putin has restored the territory of the old Soviet Union, and
Nov 26, 2019 marked it as wish-list

Mueller investigation did not follow the money on Trump: Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson, co-founders of Fusion GPS, talk with Rachel Maddow about their new book, Crime in Progress, and investigating Donald Trump's relationship with Russia and the 2016 election.
Lis Carey
In 2010, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former Wall Street Journal reporters, left the news business and founded Fusion GPS, to do research mostly for businesses and law firms, and occasionally opposition research for political campaigns.

In 2015, they were hired to do opposition research on Donald Trump.

What started as an investigation of Trump's tangled business dealings became ever more intertwined in previous investigations into Russian corruption, as they realized that investigating
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Terrifyingly revealing.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In a word, terrifying.

Whilst the history of Russian involvement in the Trump campaign and administration is still being written, its become abundantly clear, through his actions and the sheer number of touch points he's had with Russians of dubious background, that there's something unusual here.

Simpson does a good job of laying out the chronology in more linear fashion than we have seen in the past, which is important because most of the conspiracy theories involving Fusion GPS have gotten it
Harry Allagree
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First, note that there are co-authors, Glenn Simpson & Peter Fritsch

This is, unquestionably, the best explanation I've read on why the United States is in its current situation vis à vis Donald J. Trump & the Russian Federation (Russia). It gives a panoramic view in detailed (though not exhaustive) narrative of the intersection of the two countries & Trump & his cronies, including the GOP Republican Party, from roughtly 2015 (& a little before) down to 2019. This narrative is
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you are going to read ONE book about Trump and how he came to power (and I have read a lot of them!) this is the one to read.

At the heart of this account is disinformation. How the Republicans conspired, right in front of our very eyes, to change the narrative about how Trump got elected, his shady parters and friends and how lies continue to support his presidency.

The only reason that the book does not earn 5 stars from me, is that the authors are clearly angry (justifiably) and this anger
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Frightening. I am baffled by so many people who deny the truth of Russian interference and the criminal behavior of Trump and his cronies. Very revealing - shows that Republicans care less about our Country than I suspected. They have been covering for Trump long before he was elected.
Andy Norris
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Painful to read this recounting. Painful to live this reality.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
The authors Simpson and Fritsch are two former Wall Street Journal reporters who own the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS. In May of 2016 they hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence office, to answer questions about the nature of Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin. The contents of Steele's memoranda, and the fact that Obama and Trump were briefed about them, was leaked to the press in early January 2017 which was shortly before the inauguration. Simpson and ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating peek behind the headlines

Confirms my early instincts that Steele and Fusion GPS were the dedicated protectors of democratic ideals in the face of foreign and domestic efforts to undermine them - as opposed to the bizarre and fantastical antics those such as Devin Nunes propagated against them. Thank goodness there are people such as they working in the background to bolster democracy against Putin's efforts to wreck it for his own ends! But it also helps understand how close it came
Mark Jones
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you don't follow politics and world events, you're probably a little behind the curve on what's going on. This book will bring you up to speed. The implications of where the world is headed can leave you a little shaken if you prefer to feel safe and happy but I prefer facing the world head on so I considered it a good read.
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Must read for anyone who wants to know the Fusion GPS story.

It was amazing
Lesley Hooser
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics
I believe all the people talking about the Steele dossier and fusion gps MUST read this. It puts a lot of things in perspective. It's not a partisan book, its object and informative
Patricia L.
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You don't know anything about political corruption until you read this.

Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be totally disgusted at politics, Russian election interference, Trump's use of throwaway stooges, and the terrible threat to our constitutional way of life. I pray you'll leave your political party while you read this book and open your eyes to Political Reality 101. Our patriotic citizens need to know how corruption from within and outside is undermining progress and integrity in the United
Graham Catt
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you care about the future of Democracy, the state of politics in the USA, or the notion of "truth" as it stands in the Trump Era, this is essential reading.
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well-written history of Trump’s extensive ties to Russia; a real page-turner.
Nick Turner
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far the best book on Trump/Russia.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The best written political book that I've read this year. It covers the uproar caused by the Steele Dossier, commissioned by Fusion GPS from the perspective of two of Fusion's principal owners who oversaw the research on Donald Trump. While most of the information exists somewhere in the public record, a good deal of the details were new to me as they were only lightly covered by the media at a time when few were paying attention to Trump's Russian connections.

While the book fills in a lot of
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best political book I’ve read this presidency. And I’ve read many. And they were all excellent in their own ways. This reminds us of all that went on before the election and after. It confirms the importance of proceeding with impeachment. It is scathing in its indictment of nunes (yay!). I didn’t know they did research on him in 2018. It all seems so blatantly obvious that trump obstructed justice. The authors certainly have a bias, after being hunted by nunes and grassley and trashed by trump. ...more
Josh Patrick
A book that's important to read and one that's a bit self serving. I recommend this as a read to figure out why those on the right are obsessed with the Steele Dossier and look at the larger risk we have in moving down the road towards an authoritarian government.

It's worth the read, and much can be skimmed if you stay up on current events.
Dec 12, 2019 added it
This didn't age well, now that we know that the Steele Dossier was all made up... Save me some time reading garbage again
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
I was curious to read the Fusion GPS perspective. If you didn't follow a lot of Muller investigation, you'll pick up some details.
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