House of Trump House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia review ✓ 3

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

House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia review ✓ 3 Ó THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A bombshell' Daily Mail 'Damning terrifying and enraging' The Spectator'The story Unger weaves with his original reporting is fresh illuminating and aMent 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 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. 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 Putin by essentially being a non entity rose through the chaos that followed communism There are episodes on the individuals who were able to capture Russia’s resources; Putin’s undermining the west and the fate of activists and journalists There is little new on Trump other than a hint that Trump’s connections go back to his first wife Ivanna Her father was under surveillance in Russian controlled Czechoslovakia making the family’s foreign travel highly unusual Besides re telling the Trump Russia story noting at which steps Russia’s investments increased Unger documents the extent of Putin’s purchase of influence in the US through paying lobbyists lawyers and consultants Putin's contributions go to mostly Republican campaign funds often made through Russians that have US citizenshipAt the end there is an annotated list of primary Trump Russia connections There are some photos The material is well documented In general the book contains too much information to digest on the individuals in the Russian Mafia and a rehash of people and events leading to the Trump presidency

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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 'A bombshell' Daily Mail 'Damning terrifying and enraging' The Spectator'The story Unger weaves with his original reporting is fresh illuminating and 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 mo. 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 twelve months the material should be very familiar especially if one thinks about news accounts on cable television newspaper articles and exposes in magazines like The Atlantic Second a good part of the book reads like excerpts from a Russian version of “Goodfellahs” as Unger describes the development of Russian mob influence and wealth accumulation following the fall of the Berlin Wall and tries to link Donald Trump to every Russian oligarch he has come across Third the book promises to deliver the untold story of the Trump Putin relationship but it seems to rehash what is already in plain sight in the media Lastly the book‘s focus is predominantly about the spread of the Russian mob the rise of Putin and the Russian autocrat’s strategy to undermine the west and though it presents a strong case for the Trump Russian nexus Unger could have developed this component in greater depthUnger’s goal as outlined in his introduction is very bold and I thought that I was about to read a book that would replace Michael Isikoff’s and David Corn’s RUSSIAN ROULETTE as the preeminent work on Trump and his Russian connection Unger states he will tie Trump to 59 individuals with alleged ties to the Russian Mafia; the use of Trump’s brand to launder billions of Russian mob money; Trump’s providing an operational home to Russian oligarchs in Trump Tower; the significant role the Russian Mafia plays in the Russian government; Russian intelligence targeting of Trump as a possible source for over forty years; how the Russian mob used American groups such as K Street lobbyists to gain influence and intelligence; how Russia took advantage of Trump’s 4 billion debt to coopt him whether willingly or unwillingly; a description of Trumps relationship with Russian mobsters like Felix Sater; and how Trump became an intelligence “asset” for the Russians This is uite an undertaking a puzzle whose pieces do not always seem to fit resulting in a narrative that too often does not make a concrete case Everything Unger states may be accurate but he does not present his arguments without raising a certain amount of doubt In Unger’s defense at this point it would difficult for any author to write the definitive account of the Trump PutinRussian relationshipUnger develops his narrative on two parallel tracks First he describes the development of the Russia Mafia or Mob and how they have made inroads in the United States and countries abroad He correctly points to the Jackson Vanik Amendment in a 1974 Congressional Trade bill that called for allowing hundreds of thousands of Jews to leave Russia In doing so the Kremlin let out many Jews but also many criminals rapists and other unsavory characters Many of these Jews and their lesser types migrated to the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn and set up the “new Odessa” as they turned the neighborhood into a Russian enclave This provided an area for the Russian Mafia to dominate set up businesses to launder money and carry out extortion and other nefarious activities Unger goes on describe how the Russian Mafia plundered and came to control much of their country’s resources and corporations after the collapse of the So

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House of Trump House of Putin The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian MafiaAlliance 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 phoenixlike 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 worl. 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 his real estate business; it also focuses on their links to Russia it's near abroad Brighten Beach Israel and New York since the Rise of Vladimir Putin It provides an invaluable perspective of how Donald Trump ran for President To understand the political forces within Russia that gave rise to Putin Ambassador Michael McFaul's From Cold War to Hot Peace 2017 is an excellent analysis Luke Harding's book Collusion Secret Meetings Dirty Money and How Russia helped Trump Win 2017 is a superb treatment of a conspiratorial thriller In the same genre to explain Trump's run for President Michael Issikoff and David Corn's Russian Roulette 2017 is a similarly exciting work Malcolm Nance's 2018 The Plot to Destroy Democracy and 2016 The Plot to Hack America yield a slightly scholarly presentation of the background and development a Putin covert strategy to re establish Russian dominance in world affairs vis a vis the West Gen Michael Hayden's The Assault on Intelligence American National Security in an Age of Lies and James R Clapper's 2018 Facts and Fears Hard Truths from a Life of Intelligence 2018 provide essential critiues of Trump's organization and naive approaches to comprehend the challenges facing US intelligence during recent years Both of these books are analytical treatments of the contemporary political situation in the US All of these works help to explain Putin's covert hybrid warfare waged against the 27 Western Democracies in a endeavor to re establish the pre eminence of Russia in world affairs by overwhelming the influence of NATO and its member states To understand what happened in the 2016 US Presidential election all of these works deserve a place on the reuired reading list Both former Director of National Intelligence and Craig Unger believe that Putin succeeded in effectively swaying enough of the vote to give Trump the electoral victor because it only took about 78000 votes in three swing states each of which was targeted by Russian active measures to make that difference There are some educational implications We will have to teach critical analysis in school It may have to include studies of ontology and epistemology so our students develop the ability to apply a modicum of healthy skepticism logic and rationality in order to identify propaganda projected through information warfare Youngsters will have to become sensitive to purveyers of inconsistency exaggeration hyperbole mendacity and freuent repetition of fallacies and falsehoods devoid of proper substantiation Observation measurement testing consistency criterion validation and replicability should be taught as the criteria of reality Students should learn to be wary of salesman inclined to do use oversimplified stereotypical branding to mobilize a tyranny of fatuous partisan conformity They will have to learn how to challenge such progenitors of political snake oil to a civil debate Rational and civil public debate should be used for conflict resolution rather than immature duels of honor around the corner at the OK Corral There are political implications as well We need to recognize that our system of elections is in serious need of periodic upgrading to fortify it against partisan gerryma