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Proof of Collusion

How Trump Betrayed America
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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Publisher's Summary

For the first time, the full, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US president compromised American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance.

Looking back at this moment in history, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: It was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from around the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circle....

Seth Abramson has tracked every one of these far-flung reports, and now, in Proof of Collusion, he finally gives us a record of the unthinkable - a president compromising American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance. The attorney, professor, and former criminal investigator has used his exacting legal mind and forensic acumen to compile, organize, and analyze every piece of the Trump-Russia story. His conclusion is clear: The case for collusion is staring us in the face. Drawing from American and European news outlets, he takes listeners through the Trump-Russia scandal chronologically, putting the developments in context and showing how they connect. His extraordinary march through all the public evidence includes:

  • How Trump worked for 30 years to expand his real estate empire into Russia even as he was rescued from bankruptcy by Putin’s oligarchs and Kremlin agents
  • How Russian intelligence gathered compromising material on him over multiple trips
  • How Trump recruited Russian allies and business partners while running for president
  • How he surrounded himself with advisers who engaged in clandestine negotiations with Russia
  • How Trump aides and family members held secret meetings with foreign agents and lied about them

By pulling every last thread of this complicated story together, Abramson argues that - even in the absence of a Congressional investigation or a report from Special Counsel Mueller - the public record already indicates a quid pro quo between Trump and the Kremlin. The most extraordinary part of the case for collusion is that so much of it unfolded in plain sight.

©2018 Seth Abramson (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Skips a lot

not sure if it's the writing or the recording, but it seems that paragraphs are repeating often, even in different chapters. can't be an app problem. either the writing or recording.
very informative though.

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Skip the audio book

The audio book version of this book isn't particularly strong. I wish I'd bought it in print instead. You hear the writing and the footnotes together which comes off as just muddled.

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Essential Guide to Understanding Trump's Collusion

I have been avidly, and perhaps obsessively, following the Trump collusion investigation since it officially began, because, like many Americans, I was stunned by his election and the clear Russian interference into our election process. The assault on our Democracy offended me at the deepest level and my patriotic heart thrummed for justice . . . for a way to heal the wound to our nation.

The scope of the investigation, and many lines of criminal inquiry, are massive. This poses a problem for many people, like me, who have trouble memorizing random points of data. So many facts have hit the public sphere, it really is impossible for anyone, except those most gifted in memorizing detail, to see the whole picture.

Author Seth Abramson has done the public a great service in his piece of work, Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America. He has meticulously tracked all of the publicly available data points from reputable news sources and public filings, and has codified the relevant facts into a master timeline and provided that information in this book.

I have just finished one listen to the Audio. I intend to listen two more times, as I want to commit it to memory as much as possible, and my memory for this sort of detail is less than stellar, unless I were doing the research myself.

Abramson addresses some of the more interesting and obscure threads that I've been tracking myself, and which I've seen few others approach, including:

Nastya Rybka: Belarusian escort and ex-lover to Russian Oligarch Deripaska, jailed in Thailand, who claimed to have relevant video regarding the Trump Russia investigation, which Russia seemed to find worrisome enough that it threatened to cut YouTube off for their entire country. (Nothing to see here folks.)

Carter Page: Foreign Policy Advisor to the Trump Campaign, who had been under FBI surveillance for knowingly consorting with known Russian spies, since long before Trump officially announced his candidacy, and who once, himself, claimed, in writing, to be an advisor to the Kremlin.

The NRA Connection: Maria Butina and the funneling of Russian Oligarch Torshin's money through the NRA to assist the Trump Campaign.

Cambridge Analytica: Their ties to Russia, how the Facebook data got into Russia's hands, and the microtargetting of Americans with Fear Campaigns.

In addition to the more obscure threads noted above, Abramson covers all the more familiar threads such as:

The Trump Tower Meeting

The October Surprise

The RNC Platform Change on Russian Sanctions

If you want to have the best grasp of the public information to date, this is the book. Forget all the rest. This is purely factual. If you are looking for political drama, look elsewhere. Abramson even handles the more salacious bits in a factual manner.

The only way you could get a better grasp of all that is currently known in the public sphere is to meticulously catalogue every journal article that relates to collusion yourself and build your own master timeline. Plus, to match the value you get in this book, you would need to be a lawyer yourself, as Abramson adds his expertise in understanding how the facts correlate to actual criminal statutes. Or, you can skip going to law school, years of research, and for a mere pittance comparatively, have it all at your fingertips.

Facts matter. These are the facts as best we know them at this time.

I 100% recommend this book. It would also make a most excellent holiday gift.

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A nice summary but too shallow and repetitious

If the names flying around the news related to the Trump investigation have left you scratching your head and you need a quick summary of the who is who, this is the book for you. If you wanted a deep dive into Russia's motivation and world moves or Trump's and his surrounding players backstories, this is not that book. If you've been more or less keeping up with the Trump story, then there is nothing new here.

He misses broad swathes of history including why the Maginsky Act was passed, Putin's wide spread interference in elections around the world, and Russia's kleptocratic political system. In Trump's backstory he only bothers going back to 2006, totally ignoring the fact that Trump had already run for president in 2000 and had extensive contact with criminal elements throughout the 90s. He doesn't even touch on the colorful back stories of Flynn, Manafort, and Prince.

Meanwhile (and maybe this was a quick of the audiobook) he repeats himself over and over sometimes saying literally the same sentence 3 times. I kind of wonder if he just compiled his tweet threads into a book, but you'd think an editor would have fixed that. It makes the early part of the books a complete slog.

I like Seth Ambramson and wanted to love this book but I wish he had put a little more effort into it. It just feels lazy and slapped together.

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Straightforward, Accessible, Damning

This book lays out the damning details in an easy and understandable way. Our president conspired with a foreign power to enrich himself, weaken America and protect his brand in a shockingly brazen assault on American norms and ideals. Anyone who takes the time to listen will KNOW what is going on at 1600 Penn. it’s not subtle.

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Meticulously detailed

Narration: clear but slightly hurried.

Content: detail is valuable as references. For me, however, it is difficult to keep track of all the events. Excellent for someone interested in detail. For me, too much information to retain by merely listening to audio. I need to buy the book instead.

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It’s worse than you thought. Trump that is.

Fact based. Not opinion, hypotheticals, or anything resembling a talking head commentary. The facts speak for themselves.

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Excellent read!

The narrator is excellent, and the book is focused, detailed, and informative. I enjoyed this more than other books I recently read on Trump.

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Doesn't translate well into an audiobook

I'm still slogging my way through this audiobook but wanted to help others avoid making this purchase. The print version would be a better choice.
It took me a couple chapters to realize each one was organized as a "statement of fact", then a summary, and then the rest of the chapter is composed of annotations reiterating the statement of fact. Now I'm cruising through the rest, hitting the summary only. I also find the organization of the book disjointed.
There are some good points made, but there are better books out there that provides the same information. Skip this one, or hit the print version.

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Structure of story feels redundant

The use of a summary than facts for each chapter and the exact wording of the same statements throughout the book left me, many times, wondering if I accidentally pressed restart a chapter or two or did the recording get damaged. It also, left me unsure how many items I heard compared to the number of times the same fact was repeated.

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