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Crime in Progress

Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump
Narrated by: Mark Deakins
Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
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NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER 

“I’ve read kind of all the books on this subject...and this is the one you want to read.” (Rachel Maddow)

Before Ukraine, before impeachment: This is 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 decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms - and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump.

What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption - and the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion’s research going forward would be Trump’s entanglements with Russia.

To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos - which collectively became known as the Steele dossier - that raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump’s ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to US intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a 10-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet - a story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report.

In Crime in Progress, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time - a tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time - no matter the costs.

©2019 Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch (P)2019 Random House Audio

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An absolute must read!!

An absolute must read if you care about our democracy and how Russia has, and is, deeply corrupting our political process. It is not a conspiracy theory!
Plus it’s just interesting to hear/read this clearly presented back story of Russian influence in our elections.
This book is a big “Heads-Up” for America.

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A lot of great background information

well worth listening to but do not get bogged down trying to keep track of the rabbit holes.

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Finally!

Feel as if finally hearing the real whole entire backstory instead of often misleading, mismatched parts and the truth having been fogged over by the opposition. And so much new info. Really excellent, well written and narrated. (Though, PS to narrator, capital of Australia is pronounced CANberra, (actually CANbra) not CanBERRA. Everyone should read this so we can all be on the same factual page. It seems so far to have only gotten about ten seconds of airtime which is pretty tragic. Recommended.

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Tremendous

Born during FDR's era, I have seen much. This book reads like a crime thriller; this page turner is true. Documenting moments in this administration hidden in dark niches, and before, will bring fact to those who are willing to hear. Thank you, Mr. Simpsom and Mr. Fritsch, for your courage and tenacity. I'm sorry you, and Mr. Steele, have suffered abuse from those who ignore our country's danger. I suggest they rewatch, "We Were Soldiers Once . . . and Young" if they want to refresh themselves on what a "Patriot" really is!

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highly recommend

holy hannibal lecter! this is an absolute, must read book!
incredible. i'm dumbfounded. truly amazing work.

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A must read for any interested in 2016 US politics

Lots of brand new info. None of it good for Trump. I recommend a read, well worth the time

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In Depth Research

Page after page of detail that helps makes sense of what was behind the headlines. I am so glad I listened to this book. The recent history reported in Crime In Progress gives context to the concerns about Russia influencing our government. I can’t imagine a more comprehensive explanation of the Steele Dossier

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Thank you FUSION GPS!!!

Wow! Just when you thought you heard it all, more information credible information keeps coming out about that gross pig in the White House. I can't wait for his impeachment, this book clarifies everything this nasty pig has done from lying, breaking laws, corruption, money laundering, the gangster wannabe will eventually end up in jail. If trump loves Russia so much he should permanently move there, lying bastard! Thank you, Glenn Simpson, Christopher Steel and the rest of your team for putting up with the harassment from the nasty, bullying republicans.

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Necessary read for anyone looking to fill in gaps

Regardless of how many steps you've taken into the Trump/Russia theater, this book paints a much clearer picture of the characters and events that have been muddied in public discourse by conspiracy theories. Whether they'll receive the recognition for it they deserve, Simpson, Fritsch & Steele are heroes for the work they did and risks they took in putting together the pieces that tell the story we now know.

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In-depth review of Fusion GPS' oppo research '16

After reading about the efforts in multiple other excellent books on Trump's machinations with Russia, the Saudis, the UAE, Turkey, Egypt and Israel, this book offers great insights into what actually transpired within Fusion GPS, as they conducted opposition research into Trump & his business operations 1st for Republicans and then for Democrats, once Trump became the GOP's nominee. Eye-opening, relatable, & very well written!

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