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Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump

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The FBI veteran behind the Russia investigation draws on decades of experience hunting foreign agents in the United States to lay bare the threat posed by President Trump.

When he opened the FBI investigation into Russia’s election interference, Peter Strzok had already spent more than two decades defending the United States against foreign threats. His career in counterint
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published September 9th 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published September 8th 2020)
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Connie Marion
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This well-written, detailed account into the life of this government agent, was extremely enlightening. I can empathize with Mr. Strzok's frustration as his life as an FBI agent began to unravel. He performed his duties as an agent with great professionalism, mindful of his duty to country. Unfortunately, because of what his work uncovered (regarding Trump), he has been taunted by the child-like President. The President has relentlessly attacked Mr. Strzok based on just a few lines of personal t ...more
Janine
Sep 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. The author is very fair and even handed in telling his story. You are given information on how investigations are conducted and how hard agents work to be unbiased in their work and conclusions. Strzok sets up his book by giving you insight into how the Russians work and are desirous of undermining our influence in the world by telling what he can about the breaking up of a Russian cell in 2010 - that part reads like a thriller! He does this up so as to illustrate how “kompromat” ...more
Dale Clark
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When Rachel Maddow interviewed Strzok last Friday evening she said of all the books (about the Trump administration) that have come out recently, this is THE one she has been waiting for and she expressed how important she believes it is. Her comment enticed me into reading it and having done so I totally agree with her. This book is a real eye opener regarding the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign (called Hurricane Crossfire by the FBI), as well as some others during Strzok's career. At ...more
Lewis Weinstein
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I hoped for more ... it is clear the FBI believed there was a case against Trump for his subservience to Russia, but Mueller, with all the opportunity in the world, failed to dig to the truth, which leaves Strzok with plausible but unproven allegations
Jeffrey (Akiva) Savett
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished this book in just over 48 hours.

Though I know he’s out there somewhere feeling fully vindicated, I so wish the news of this past weekend vis a vis Trump’s tax fraud and business compromises were known to Strozk before submitting this for publication. Watching him connect so many dots would have been deeply fulfilling.

My opinion of and feelings toward America are at an all time low; it is impossible to learn more history, sociology, and economics, without feeling that. It just is. I
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Karan
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written inside look at the beginnings of the Russia scandal. It spells out the details which the President of the United States in concert with the Attorney General and the GOP have successfully lied about, obstructed and thwarted. This is the best political book I’ve ever read. America is in grave danger from its own President, a complicit AG and their accomplices in the GOP. I despair for the future of our country.
Erica Clou
This book is particularly interesting in the beginning where the cases are concluded and public. But the portion regarding Trump rehashes public and well-known information (especially well-known to me, having read the entire Mueller report) and hinting at additional but still secret information regarding Trump. This is more frustrating than enlightening.

Also, though I am certain Strzok tried his utmost to be fair in a bipartisan way in his investigations, he seems blind to his own soft-touch mi
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Lynn
Dec 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Personal Account of Trump’s FBI

This is a sad, account on how an FBI agent with excellent credentials was vilified and eventually fired by the FBI under the pressure of Trump. He describes the origins of Crossfire Hurricane in which an investigation was initiated to see if Trump was a Russian asset. As Trump gains more power in the presidency and democratic norms fall away, Peter’s texts with another FBI Agent become an issue and though under normal times, they wouldn’t have been an iss
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Elizabeth Sulzby
This is the book to read BEFORE Andrew Weissmann's book on the Mueller investigation/Special Counsel's report. Peter Strzok started the Crossfire Hurricane investigation into Donald Trump and his political cronies and he overlapped at the beginning of the Special Counsel's investigation with Andrew Weissmann.

I chose to label it autobiography because a great deal of the book starts with how he got into public service as a lawyer about 22 years before he was fired because of trump's pressure. He
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Mary Lautner
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am not hiding review because of spoilers because we all lived through this history. I agree with the reader who commented he had "hoped for more." I did too. That's why I am now going to read Bob Woodward's book RAGE.

This book really is about Peter Strzok’s story

Strzok first defines his work background. He is very careful to eliminate any personal information and focusses solely on his work in counter intelligence. I was struck by how high up the food chain he was, being central to the Hilary
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Lisa
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent.
Susanna Sturgis
For my own sanity I've managed to avoid bingeing on Trump books: there's only so much horror and disgust I can take in without shutting down or punching my fist through a window. But Peter Strzok's Compromised went to the top of my must-read list as soon as it came out. Yes, I was impressed by his 2018 congressional testimony, but the big draw was that as an FBI counterintelligence operative Strzok worked in a world I knew little about but was intrigued by. His book did not disappoint.

I came of
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Misfit
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I am glad I took the time to read this, even though some of the Trump investigation history feels like a rehash for those who have followed every detail. I still SMH over how many lives Trump has destroyed, with little disregard for the innocent victims of his vile tweets and attacks; like the wives and the children now in the cross hairs too.

Takeaway once again: Everything Trump touches dies.
JEM
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read...

An excellent, well written, eye-opening, and crucial historical account in a period of the most unfit, toxic and vindictive American presidents ever to lead our nation.
❤Marie Gentilcore
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2020
4.5 stars. I thought this was a very interesting book that provided insight into the FBI and their cases specifically Hillary Clinton’s case and the Russia probe. The author Peter Strzok came across as a good and ethical agent. It is a shame he is no longer part of the FBI.
Mark Maddrey
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
"Corrupt and compromised, with no moral center and no ethics and only their own self-interests to guide them, such leaders see criticism as a challenge to their legitimacy and, when challenged continuously, rage louder—ruining lives, destroying careers, and worse." Peter Strzok has a clear view of the President and lays it all out to see in this scary but important book. I decided I had to read this because I wanted a FACTUAL look at the issues of Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential Race ...more
Mary
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very thorough review of known FBI cases starting back in 2000 through to the present. So, not only an excellent, detailed description of the Russian/Trump connection but a great historical review of the past twenty years of FBI work. Excellent, page turning reading.
Deb
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well done. I love spy novels, so it was interesting to learn what happens on the inside - lots and lots of waiting until sufficient facts and information are gathered. No new revelations, but Strzok lays out the other side of the lies and disinformation shared by the Trump administration about Clinton’s emails and the Russia investigation.
Paul Lemcke
Sep 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Peter Strzok was a political casualty of an unethical president. Strzok had a distinguished career in the FBI until Trump used him to further the fantasy that the FBI was out to destroy him. Strzok and the FBI were attacked in so many ways, that he felt he needed to write this book to set the record straight and to feel some catharsis in the process. He writes in a style (particularly toward the beginning of the book) that was absolutely gripping. Past the early chapters, he had to correct lies ...more
Patricia J. Finley
Sep 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very easy book to follow if you have been involved with politics. Book reveals the problems of working toward a true democracy since we apparently don't have it with voter supression, Russian interference and systemic racism. Mr. Strzok made a huge mistake with his emails but you can't possibly believe that every time we change parties in the white house that all members of FBI, CIA etc
are in line the the political party in office. We are in deep trouble ... It is a shame that bipartisan politi
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Samyann
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
America is so ridiculously polarized, it is impossible to write a review that won't offend somebody.

Compromised has little, if anything, to do with COVID19, the current pandemic.

The book primarily addresses the slow, relentless, sophisticated penetration of America's leadership by Russia and Trump's decimation of our Constitution, cherished institutions, most founded in the 1700s, and the division, vicious hatred of Americans for each other. Americans distrust their country and are destroying i
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Donna
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An easy to read expose of behind-the-scenes activity of what we've all read of sociopath Trump, and his evil shenanigans. Strzok gives full details of the whys of Trump's kowtowing to Putin, Trump's endorsements of Flynn, Barr and other traitorous twits, the brilliance of Mueller, and disappointment and frustration at the restraints DOJ placed on his investigation. Because he is now ex-FBI, written this book, testified before Congress, but still unable to go public with all he really knows, Strz ...more
Nancy
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5-
Thank you for your service to our country and for writing this book, Peter Srzok. In spite of the poor judgement you showed in having an inappropriate relationship with a professional colleague and texting your personal political opinions on a work-designated phone, the overwhelming portion of your career has demonstrated total dedication and objectivity to the tasks before you. To paraphrase your wife, You deserved to be divorced but not fired and publicly castigated. It took commitment and c
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Nick
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: listened-2020
During normal times this book would not have been written. Strzok would not have had the opportunity to oversee a partisan investigation into Clinton's e-mails that demanded high-level attention despite the fact that no Republican politicians were ever committed to respecting the outcome. Strzok would not have had the opportunity to investigate the direct connections of Papadopolous, Flynn, Manafort, Gates, Stone, Cohen, Page, and others to Russian intelligence officers, Russian agents, and free ...more
Suzi
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
He's cute: a white man who is well groomed, fit and sure to be promoted and believed. He wrote a heartfelt Acknowledgments at the end. But, it is a difficult book to read. No footnotes, no references, no index, no quoted sources. Just a long 3330+ blur of pages. I tried, I really tried to read but I could just skim. I believe him and it is easy to read but it just goes on and on. Please, highlight highpoints, and give us chapter headings and a useful summary. It's a pandemic and I can't slog thr ...more
Maureen Sepulveda
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating read about author’s FBI career and detail about investigations into Russian interference. Reading the book now makes me even happier Trump lost. Trump is clearly in Putin’s pocket. And, now that he just pardoned Flynn, it makes me more angry. Trump and his sycophants clearly abuse their power. Also of note is author takes responsibility for and apologizes for his own missteps. But, he paints a scary picture of Trump threatening people and acting like a mob boss.
Deirdre
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Troubling
Ellen
Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fascinating.
Maria G
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. Peter is a lot smarter and brighter than I expected. It’s pretty effortless to read this and the stories are really compelling. I felt like I really connected with his journey in the bureau and his side of the story was believable.

Honestly, the last two chapters were really tough for me to read. The system clearly failed him and it was hard to process how much damage #45 did to an (imperfect) honest and hard working public servant. It was depressing to read about how our P
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Nancy
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Finished: 16.09.2020
Genre: non-fiction
Rating: A++++++
Conclusion:

Impressive!

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