View 1 comment. Jan 16, Elizabeth A. Craig Unger convincingly presents the frightening manipulations, lies, conspiracies, murders, greed, foreign incursions by Putin and his oligarchs, and the spread of the Russian mafia into Europe and the U. The Russian connections to power brokers and politicians point to collusions on all levels, including to Mr.
Trump, wittingly or unwittingly, an Craig Unger convincingly presents the frightening manipulations, lies, conspiracies, murders, greed, foreign incursions by Putin and his oligarchs, and the spread of the Russian mafia into Europe and the U. Trump, wittingly or unwittingly, and enhance the ultimate goal of Putin to sabotage Western democracy. Unger describes the ascent of both Putin and Trump and the ensuing entanglements are mind boggling. Some reviewers of the book have stated that much of the information Unger provides is already known and taken from other sources--that may be Unger has supplied a long list of his sources but for those who may not know the backgrounds and inter-relationships of all the players, this is an enlightening read.
There are some caveats that I noticed in the writing wherein Mr. Unger cannot be definitive in some of the allegations and uses the word "likely" to describe Trump interactions Unger's investigations indicate, there are more provable involvements about his connections dating back 40 years. We all await the results of the Mueller investigation! Jan 09, Louise rated it liked it Shelves: presidents-and-spouses , us-politics , russia-bio-hist.
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There is name after name, crime after crime, outrage after outrage. The sums of money are huge. The author makes it clear at the start of the book, Trump's Russian connections have been public for years. The Putin part seems to be there to show the extent of Russian corruption. It shows how Putin, by essentially being a non-entity rose through the chaos that followed communism.
Putin's contributions go to mostly Republican campaign funds often made through Russians that have US citizenship. At the end, there is an annotated list of primary Trump-Russia connections. There are some photos. The material is well documented. In general, the book contains too much information to digest on the individuals in the Russian Mafia and a rehash of people and events leading to the Trump presidency. Aug 19, Mary Abbott rated it it was amazing. It's taking me longer than usual to write a review because I am speechless!
I fear for Mr Unger's life with this book's release. Putin and his murderous thugs will find a way for him to have an accident.
Oct 25, Zak rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction. Ok, there's a lot of stuff about the Russian mob, crooked oligarchs, etc. A lot of this is lifted off books like Robert Friedman's "Red Mafiya". At some point it felt like I was reading a book about the Russian mob instead of about Trump. Did Trump sell a lot of properties to Russians of dubious character? But the point is, it was legal, there were no laws preventing him from selling his properties to offshore corporations. Again, yes. But the book tries to make the point that Trump is a Russian mole, put into the White House and controlled by Putin and the mobsters.
On this, I'm afraid the book fails to make a conclusive case. A lot of smoke, but no fire. Sep 03, Mirek Jasinski rated it really liked it Shelves: russia , non-fiction , fraud , politics , us. I have found no new information for me, as I have followed the story closely over the years. The book is a good read, though, and might be an eye-opener to somebody who does not know much about the situation in Russia.
Sep 14, Kusaimamekirai rated it it was amazing. Americans at this present moment in time can seemingly find little to agree on. One area of consensus however is that there are a glut of books about Donald Trump flooding the shelves. Most explore his presidency but few seemingly have looked at his formative years before assuming office. It is a parallel biography of two very different men both in background and temperament, who through a complex web of intermediaries, celebrities Americans at this present moment in time can seemingly find little to agree on.
It is a parallel biography of two very different men both in background and temperament, who through a complex web of intermediaries, celebrities, and mobsters, forged a mutually beneficial relationship over the years that culminated in Trump becoming president. What is particularly striking in this book is the sheer number of unsavory Russian and Ukrainian connections that circle the Trump orbit. That Trump would spend the majority of the last campaign claiming he had no ties to Russia is, as the reader goes deeper and deeper into the tangled webs of links, exposed as perhaps the most baldfaced lie of all his baldfaced lies.
One could even skip the pages where Unger chronicles the first Russian mobster to buy an apartment in Trump Tower the first of many that would lead to Trump properties essentially being a money laundering entity for the Russian mafia that, if Trump was not intimately involved, at the very least turned a blind eye to the millions of Russian dollars that propped up his businesses and skip to the appendix where Unger succinctly lists 59!
While he lays out some compelling evidence to suggest it, Unger stops short of openly accusing Trump of being beholden to Vladimir Putin. When he lacks definitive evidence from a source, he says so. Perhaps because there is little need to make up or embellish any of the facts here. I detest the division that Trump promotes and the gleeful destruction of civility. These things are dangerous but need not be fatal. Being in debt to a foreign power, dismantling alliances, moving America toward an autocracy, and weakening American prestige to repay that debt however is something exceedingly difficult to come back from once too far down that road.
Aug 22, Robert A. Yaffee, Ph. The book is well researched, written, and replete with the scholarly documentation. Unger's approach focuses on the evolution of the personal connections and mob networks of Donald Trump and hi Craig Unger, in his "House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia presents a thesis as to how Donald Trump was compromised by Russian money laundering after having been followed by the Checkoslovakian STB, and later evaluated, targeted, and cultivated by Russians.
Unger's approach focuses on the evolution of the personal connections and mob networks of Donald Trump and his real estate business; it also focuses on their links to Russia, it's "near-abroad", Brighten Beach, Israel, and New York since the Rise of Vladimir Putin. It provides an invaluable perspective of how Donald Trump ran for President. Malcolm Nance's The Plot to Destroy Democracy and The Plot to Hack America yield a slightly more scholarly presentation of the background and development a Putin covert strategy to re-establish Russian dominance in world affairs vis-a-vis the West.
Clapper's Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life of Intelligence , provide essential critiques of Trump's organization and naive approaches to comprehend the challenges facing U.
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Both of these books are more analytical treatments of the contemporary political situation in the U. All of these works help to explain Putin's covert hybrid warfare waged against the 27 Western Democracies, in a endeavor to re-establish the pre-eminence of Russia in world affairs by overwhelming the influence of NATO and its member states.
To understand what happened in the U. Presidential election, all of these works deserve a place on the required reading list. Both former Director of National Intelligence and Craig Unger believe that Putin succeeded in effectively swaying enough of the vote to give Trump the electoral victor because it only took about 78, votes in three swing states, each of which was targeted by Russian active measures, to make that difference.
There are some educational implications. We will have to teach critical analysis in school. It may have to include studies of ontology and epistemology so our students develop the ability to apply a modicum of healthy skepticism, logic, and rationality in order to identify propaganda projected through information warfare. Youngsters will have to become sensitive to purveyers of inconsistency, exaggeration, hyperbole, mendacity, and frequent repetition of fallacies and falsehoods devoid of proper substantiation. Observation, measurement, testing, consistency, criterion validation, and replicability should be taught as the criteria of reality.
Students should learn to be wary of salesman inclined to do use oversimplified stereotypical branding to mobilize a tyranny of fatuous partisan conformity. They will have to learn how to challenge such progenitors of political snake-oil to a civil debate. Rational and civil public debate should be used for conflict resolution rather than immature duels of honor around the corner at the OK Corral.
There are political implications as well. We need to recognize that our system of elections is in serious need of periodic upgrading to fortify it against partisan gerrymandering, floods of dark money, and institutionalized bribery through legal loopholes allowing layered shell corporations to funnel unlimited funds to candidates from other countries as provided for in the Citizens United vs. FEC majority opinion. Without such reforms we will be plagued with a flawed election system that will be targeted by other adversaries seeking to undermine governmental legitimacy in our polity.
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.
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Yep, I agree with those that say nothing really new here, yet there are further details new to me so worth the engagement. Kudos to Craig Unger, indeed, a doff of the hat to all the brave reporters, agents and authors who take on topics of this magnitude. I feel Mueller is now investigating the world, don't forget we haven't started to see how the diamonds, drilling, mercenary armies, shipping lines, ponzi schemes and such, which have been hinted at, impacts this procedure.
Maybe in the end, fingers crossed, stolen monies will find their way way back to the peoples of the countries that were shafted. View all 3 comments. These books are all starting to run together on the facts, and yes I know I should quit reading them ; There were a few new to me nuggets of factoids, but I did find myself skimming a bit when getting to facts I've read in other books. Robert Mueller just please hurry and wrap it up so we have some answers and more books to be written.
Sep 03, Dorothy rated it it was amazing. A thoroughly researched and comprehensive assessment of everything we know about the Russian asset in the WH. Only time will tell if we can make it out if this mess and stop denying what is in plain sight before us. Aug 27, Christopher rated it really liked it. There's not much "new" here. It's resourced thoroughly from journalists and FBI files. I'm only left wondering how he was allowed to run for president in the first place. He should've been and should be in jail. Aug 24, Daniel Kelly rated it it was amazing. Absolutely amazing!
If this information became well known, even the Trumpiest of Trumpsters might have to rethink their positions. There's only so much Russian Mob information I can absorb and this was almost entirely all about the mob and the players that took out anyone opposed to them. DT was in essence the mole, the puppet, and the con man who had connections with the Russians who supported his business endeavors so therefore they pulled all the strings and he simply did as told.
Off shore accounts, shady business deals, Russians using Trump Towers like a hang out, Russians loaning money when other banks refused Trump, There's only so much Russian Mob information I can absorb and this was almost entirely all about the mob and the players that took out anyone opposed to them.
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Off shore accounts, shady business deals, Russians using Trump Towers like a hang out, Russians loaning money when other banks refused Trump, and more It's all in here but reading it all felt like going through years of personal files left at the attorneys office that were long forgotten. We have all the funding we need out of Russia"--Eric Trump. What more can one say Sep 09, Sharon C.
Robideaux rated it it was amazing. Powerful and persuasive Like many people, I was not persuaded by what I saw on the news channels I watch about 6 different programs about a Russian connection. Now I am. After reading Unger's thoroughly documented, densely factual book, I am persuaded that Putin is behind much that is corrupt in the world.
I am persuaded that Donald Trump has an illegitimate claim to the White House. Mar 12, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: pretbr-pile-challenge. You always hear about people saying that a book, movie, whatever "changed " their life. THIS is a life-changing book. I am consumed with dread, hopelessness, shock, disbelief.
If what Craig Unger says in this book is true Aug 25, Lance Johnson rated it really liked it. I was debating what to rate this book; a part of me felt it was worth five stars due to the contemporary relevance of the content but another part felt it was more of a three due to some flaws with the book. So, I split the difference and went with four stars. The book spends most of its time discussing the rise of the international Russian criminal organizations and their ties to both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. While very interesting, the book doesn't really present much new information s I was debating what to rate this book; a part of me felt it was worth five stars due to the contemporary relevance of the content but another part felt it was more of a three due to some flaws with the book.
While very interesting, the book doesn't really present much new information since most of it seems to be pulled from old news articles rather than original research. In this sense the book functions best as a summary of what is known so far, a role which it performs admirably. However, it is not without flaws. There are many paragraphs where the author makes some broad claims as if they were fact but provides no indication as to where he got the information: no annotations, no mentions, nothing. In other areas the author is so vague about the connections he is describing that I felt unclear whether or not the relationships were legitimate or criminal in nature.
Again, limited citations in these areas. Admittedly, this mostly occurred with smaller details and people rather than with the larger connections but it still irked me and left me feeling dissatisfied. It is a worthwhile read, but not a bombshell. Sep 02, Rogier Konings rated it liked it. Although the book sometimes falls into giving the reader a summary of known connections, they do keep the reader interested. The book reads like an investigative spy journal, and makes the reader sometimes forget that this is actually the hard reality of the world the we currently live in.
Do not expect a memoire. If you are, however, interested in politics than I highly recommend reading this book. Sep 07, Courtney Beth rated it it was amazing. This is a terrifying and important read. The history of many Trump associates, as well as Trump himself, tie back to the Russian mafia. For all of us living through this illegitimate Putin-backed coup, it's worth a read.
Aug 30, David rated it it was amazing. Not fun but certainly fascinating. Aug 26, Sean rated it really liked it. Necessary and frightening. Sep 03, Foggygirl rated it really liked it Shelves: owned-read. Both illuminating and infuriating. Jan 05, Jill Cordry rated it really liked it. This book does an excellent job of explaining how Putin, Russian Intelligence Operations and the Russian Mafia are all intertwined, and how their goal is to destabilize the West.
From Syrian refugees in Europe to Brexit and the election, the Russians have been successful. Unger explains how these gangsters syphon off money from Russia's natural resources then launder it through real estate in This book does an excellent job of explaining how Putin, Russian Intelligence Operations and the Russian Mafia are all intertwined, and how their goal is to destabilize the West.
Unger explains how these gangsters syphon off money from Russia's natural resources then launder it through real estate in New York and around the world.
House of Trump, House of Putin by Craig Unger – review
In case you're wondering why there has never been a Trump Tower Moscow, Trump's backers want to get their money out of Russia, not leave it there. This may have been a bit easier for me to follow since I have lived in Russia twice and am familiar with the names and backgrounds. But, the list of characters and their histories in the back of the book is helpful in keeping everyone straight. OK, make that 7 stars.
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I expect loyalty from my cabinet. My way or the highway I could shoot someone on 5th ave My former lawyer is a RAT Sound like mob talk? It did to me. This book has the answers and more. This will answer almost all the questions about DJT, V. Putin, and organized crime. The connections are much much deeper than the average person realizes. It's not a fast read. In fact it's very dense with all the Ru OK, make that 7 stars. In fact it's very dense with all the Russian names and vocabulary, so it requires a patient reader.
My only small complaint is that I read the ebook, and most of the pictures in the back are missing. Copyright restrictions I guess.. Feb 12, Sjj rated it it was amazing. This book is hard to put down. The book is detailed, with lots of names to keep track of, but nearly every paragraph is spell-binding because of the information provided. This book is well-researched and clearly written. It is a must-read if you want to know more about Trump and want insight into the m This book is hard to put down. It is a must-read if you want to know more about Trump and want insight into the many concerns about him and those around him.
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