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Dirty Rubles: An Introduction to Trump/Russia

Narrated by: Greg Olear
Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Trump/Russia is the greatest political scandal in American history. It's also the most complex. In this remarkable and necessary work, novelist Greg Olear weaves the loose threads of Trump/Russia into a short, easy-to-follow narrative. 

Dirty Rubles is an ideal primer for those new to the story, a useful review for those already in the know, and a guidebook for the agnostic #MAGA fan - a compelling overview of Trump/Russia that every American should hear. 

"If ignorance is your bliss, Dirty Rubles isn't for you. Greg Olear deliciously tears down that barrier Trump has erected between the truth and the American people." (Cheri Jacobus, USA Today columnist, political pundit, and Trump target) 

"While Donald Trump represented the greatest threat to the United States since the Civil War, the US media abdicated its duty to tell the American people the truth. Luckily, skilled writers and patriots like Greg Olear stepped into the fray, keeping readers rapt as he helped condense complex conspiracy into lucid narrative. Dirty Rubles is a long-form version of that lucidity, a cogent book that will catch people up to speed as they realize the story of the century was kept from them. To help America get back on track, read this book and share its insights with family and friends." (Eric Garland, strategic analyst, author of Future Inc.: How Businesses Can Anticipate and Profit from What's NEXT)

©2018 Greg Olear (P)2018 Greg Olear

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Concise introduction to Trump Russian collusion

Great self-narrated introduction to the quite colludy and complex criminal catastrophe of the current US Presidential administration and campaign told with an urgent, yet often comical personal panache of the author.

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Listen twice! You won’t be disappointed.

Fantastic book about our Russian owned president and administration. So many details it is important to listen twice so you ingest everything.

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Reads like a three hour Twitter screed

So for the record I agree with many, even most, of the author's conclusions.

But this is not a journalistic work. It's essentially a three hour Twitter screed. The author admits in the introduction that he doesn't remember the sources for most of his claims. He will occasionally come up with a source for a claim but that's relatively rare.

The author's reading is usually somewhat snarky, which depending on one's perspective could be a positive or a negative.

I've read most of the other major Trump-Russia books and I would recommend all of them over this one.

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Just the facts? NOT. Hasty, hysterical rant

Don't get me wrong. I am receptive to this basic narrative. But even that could not overcome the feelings of being baited by the publishers' statement (except the last paragraph, the quoted review part, which gives a better sense of what is really here: Trump, it is said, is the worst thing since the Civil War and this author is some sort of lone hero crying in the wilderness, uniquely informing us here). I was also misled by some reader reviews purporting that this book would straightforwardly outline the story. (Those folks are obviously the converted, having already imbibed the kool-aid unfiltered, or lack the critical thinking skills to tell facts from rather crude shrill editorials.) A few moments into the listening, I realized this is, at least next to more careful writing I have seen, is lots of flashy bad labels and conclusions often untethered from careful pinning to facts I expect from good writing, or for that matter, even good everyday journalism. Ominous words like "obstruction," a very serious accusation, head long lists of names -- hey, every Republican and staffer in sight! If they are guilty of this, let's slow down and get a bill of particulars. But the lurid words just keep streaming like a flashing sign. We don't need to crawl to Trump's level to supposedly refute him -- it is counterproductive. Again, I would not complain except this comes as a dump -- nasty bullet point term, names, scary words, a smattering of factual claims, rinse and repeat. This doesn't excuse Trump and company from their brazen use of exactly this sort of trashy public discourse (not to mention the very grievous acts alluded to here, if true) -- it's just that I expect better from their critics. This is like Cliffs Notes (with my apologies to that fine company and its products, which bear no connection to this) on way too much caffeine. This author says he is a novelist -- my suggestion: stick to novels.
Yes, there are important facts in here, and the short format was a good idea, but I can't bear this. It's a shame this didn't (IMO) live up to its promise. I REALLY wanted THAT book! The one I didn't find here: the sharp summary! The author is overweaning and doesn't trust me to think for myself.
The foregoing is 100 percent my opinion. I expressly disclaim any supposedly factual claims about this work or author.

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Boring

Didn't enjoy the story at all, and it was too short of a story. It was a waste of my credit, that I can't get back. The whole story was a repeat of an episode of The Rachel Maddow Show.

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  • 08-12-18

A bit of a let down

I really didn't learn much from it, that I didn't already know and, while I'm sure the author thought he was the best choice to narrate the book, I found his reading very irritating.