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House of Trump, House of Putin

The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia
Narrated by: Jason Culp
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
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The New York Times Best Seller

"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 20 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 audiobook 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 - will ring with haunting significance as Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's alleged collusion with Russia closes in on the truth.

©2018 Craig Unger (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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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)

“Omarosa vs. Trump may be the political pro wrestling match of the week, but a more serious confrontation may be prompted by a book that came out Tuesday, alleging that President Donald Trump may be a Russian asset compromised by billions of laundered dollars over decades of shady real estate deals.” (Newsweek)

“Unger, a veteran journalist and author, takes the reader on a veritable tour of sleazy night clubs, restaurants and resorts frequented by Russian oligarchs and criminals in this book subtitled "The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia." Often, that tour leads to the doors of the White House and Trump Tower, and the implication is clear to even the most obtuse reader: Trump is in Putin's pocket and those of the financiers who have grown immensely rich through their associations with the country's putative dictator.” (Spectator USA)

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Understanding Trump through his shady roots

I have never written a review before, but I think this book provides incredible insight into the amoral world of Donald Trump, and how he grew up and came of age surrounded by people who were not the choirboys of this world. The elaborate connections between the President and such a parade of wrong-dealing mobsters and Mafia-types is very well documented by Unger, at least that is what I have read. Since I am listening to the book, I do not have access to any sourcing which is not read by the narrator, but if half of it is true it explains a lot about the President's behavior and view of the world.
Notably characters in the current White House narrative, like Kellyanne Conway, are referenced in terms of her grandfather who was an underworld figure. Don McGahn, is the nephew of a significant mover and shaker on the Jersey shore. He is not portrayed as a monster, but he is the man you need on your side if you want to build casinos in Atlantic City. His other uncle is a state legislator (shades of Whitey and Billy Bulger).
The Felix Sater and Michael Cohen's relationship, and their ties to shady dealings is eye-opening. The only reason Sater is not in jail is because of his cooperation with federal agencies. It is clear that the author feels that the Russians have been in bed with Trump, and vice versa, for so many years that it does not seem surprising that Don jr. would take the meeting in Trump Tower without thinking much about its unlawful aspects.
The "House of Putin" aspect of the book is similarly eye-opening. His rise to power and his strong grasp on it to this day are so similar, with such shady doings, that the tow are a match for each other. "I don't know any Russians" Trump says - yeah!?!?!
A must read for those interested in understanding the whole Trump phenomenon and what the Mueller investigation knows and has not yet disclosed.

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Kleptocracy, Thy Name is Putin

This book was well-researched, well written, and well narrated. It is enlightening about what a mess the Russian leadership and economy are in. It then goes on to document all of the connections that Donald Trump says that he does not have.

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You Are The Company You Keep

The House Of Trump The House Of Putin takes the listener/reader on a provocative journey that spans, 4 decades. . . From the Beginning with DJT's grandfather and his dad, the elder Fred Trump who allegedly, demolished and destroyed property in 1966 Brooklyn, N.Y. at Coney Islands', Steeplechase Park during a party with friends because he couldn't get around the Zoning Laws at the time. . . Needless to say, DJT's behavior is a, "chip off the old block". . . Gangsterism, most importantly is the Creed. . . The president received further grooming and tutelage in 1987, with an all expense-paid trip to Russia. The author, Craig Unger, is a highly respected journalist who's research garnered immediate gratification from this listener. And the narrator is very entertaining as well. He provides inflections that are noteworthy, allowing this book to become a phenomenal listening experience. Highly recommend adding this to your library.

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Thoroughly researched

This is the most informative of the five books I’ve listened to regarding the Trump/Russia connection.

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Very interesting

Good book. Really goes deep into detail how long this administration has had ties to the Kremlin

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Chilling. Relevant. An Education.

I knew this would be about financial shenanigans, and it is. But it's also about patterns of behavior, propaganda, and manipulating the media, public discourse, and perceptions. Everything we've been seeing in the US is right out of the Russian playbook. Fascinating, and horrifying.

If you're not well versed in organized crime and money-laundering scams, as I wasn't, you'll be Googling some terms. The author drops them in without explanation (you'll hear "pump-and-dump" a dozen times), as though we all know what they mean.

The narrator's Russian accent seems a bit off, but otherwise the reading is excellent.

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Dots Connected

Wow! This author does his homework and then some more. Everything written is based on fact; no puffing. I appreciate his research. The book was a great read. Don't expect to draw out reading this book. You're going to be finished with it pretty darn quick. There is information, and plenty of it, but easily digested. I had never known or heard much about #45 and his family, mostly his Dad. The book puts into context and perhaps explains how #45 developed his warped, fragmented, and disconnected reality. One in which he continues to reside and force upon America. In it, he is superior to every other person (living or dead). I have heard the media describe #45 as acting like a mobster. I'm so far away from the gangster world, those descriptions didn't have much meaning for me. It does now! Knowing #45's past, including family history, now-- I get it. Indeed, #45 does think and act like a mob boss and there are reasons for him doing so. His reasoning is ingrained and cannot entertain any unfamiliar information. I want to know more. I wasn't ready for this book to end. I feel it probably raises only the tip of the iceberg.

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Wow!

Balancing power of three branches of Government need to be revised! Shame on those who sold the country for money!
Go Mueller!

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Nation of Fools!

Putin is a devious enemy who owns Trump and the Republican Party! Follow the money!

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Required reading to debunk Trump's lies

A detailed account of the Trump-Russia connection and corruption. Trump is truly Putin's useful idiot.

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