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“The story Unger weaves with those earlier accounts and his original reporting is fresh, illuminating and more alarming than the intelligence channel described in the Steele dossier.”—The Washington Post
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 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 Mafia kingpins had ensnared Trump in, starting more than twenty years ago with the massive bailout of a string of sensational Trump hotel and casino failures in Atlantic City. This book confirms the most incredible American paranoias about Russian malevolence.
To most, it will be a hair-raising revelation that the Cold War did not end in 1991—that it merely evolved, with Trump’s apartments offering the perfect vehicle for billions of dollars to leave the collapsing Soviet Union. In House of Trump, House of Putin, Craig Unger methodically traces the deep-rooted alliance between the highest echelons of American political operatives and the biggest players in the frightening underworld of the Russian Mafia. He traces Donald Trump’s sordid ascent from foundering real estate tycoon to leader of the free world. He traces Russia’s phoenix like rise from the ashes of the post–Cold War Soviet Union as well as its ceaseless covert efforts to retaliate against the West and reclaim its status as a global superpower.
Without Trump, Russia would have lacked a key component in its attempts to return to imperial greatness. Without Russia, Trump would not be president. This essential book is crucial to understanding the real powers at play in the shadows of today’s world. The appearance of key figures in this book—Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, and Felix Sater to name a few—ring with haunting significance in the wake of Robert Mueller’s report and as others continue to close in on the truth.
A cabal of criminals and billionaires has made President Trump an "asset" of Russian president Vladimir Putin, argues journalist Unger (House of Bush, House of Saud) in this labyrinthine expos . Unger traces associations among dozens of Russian gangsters and oligarchs, many of whom have ties to Russian security services and Putin, and Americans in Trump's business network, including Trump's longtime lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, and political advisor Paul Manafort. Unger elaborates an eye-glazing tangle of "ties," shell corporations, and unsavory proximities one mobster ran a gambling ring out of Trump Tower but the heart of his theory of collusion is that Russian gangsters and oligarchs launder money by buying real estate, and Trump sold them condos or licensed his brand to other developers who sold them condos. Unger doesn't explain how this makes Trump "beholden" to Putin. Instead, he incoherently conjectures that Trump "may have been performing gigantic favors for Putin without even knowing it" and rehashes claims that the Russians have video of Trump cavorting with sex workers (calling on, for example, one source who "did not... have evidence of its existence" and another who "heard about it"). Unger's colorful but unconvincing case against Trump has plenty of supposition, innuendo, and guilt by association but no smoking gun. Photos.
Insightful. people are defined by the company they keep. A telling story.
READ THIS BOOK!!!
Unger puts together what we all have seen for 30 years.
Pretty interesting book - helps to understand all the connections and events that have been recently in the press.