Book Review: Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House

Luke Harding’s examination of the myriad connections between Donald Trump and Russia leading up to the 2016 election reads like a real-life John Le Carré thriller.

Overshadowed by Michael Wolff’s murky White House gossip pit Fire and Fury, Collusion might lack new evidence to sink Donald Trump’s presidency but is nonetheless a vital read on the numerous links between the Trump presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

Leaning on former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s infamous Trump dossier, Luke Harding presents Steele as a more than credible agent and source (both Steele and Harding lived and worked in Russia) as the investigative journalist outlines the case for collusion, which includes Trump’s three-decade association with Russia (that includes suspect real estate deals and loans) and nefarious relationships between Trump campaign staffers and Kremlin spies.

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Like a real-life John Le Carré thriller that terrifyingly features protagonists closer to the idiotic cast of the Coen Brothers’ Burn after Reading than Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Collusion is a devastating and baffling insight into how a race for the most powerful position in the world was seemingly compromised so blatantly.

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

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