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    Kompromat n.—Russian for "compromising information"

    This is a story about the dirty secrets of the most powerful people in the world - including Donald Trump.

    It is based on exclusive interviews with dozens of high-level sources - intelligence officers in the CIA, FBI, and the KGB, thousands of pages of FBI investigations, police investigations, and news articles in English, Russian, and Ukrainian. American Kompromat shows that from Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, kompromat was used in operations far more sinister than the public could ever imagine.

    Among them, the book addresses what may be the single most important unanswered question of the entire Trump era: Is Donald Trump a Russian asset?

    The answer, American Kompromat says, is yes, and it supports that conclusion backs with the first richly detailed narrative on how the KGB allegedly first “spotted” Trump as a potential asset, how they cultivated him as an asset, arranged his first trip to Moscow, and pumped him full of KGB talking points that were published in three of America’s most prestigious newspapers.

    Among its many revelations, American Kompromat reports for the first time that:

    • According to Yuri Shvets, a former major in the KGB, Trump first did business over forty years ago with a Manhattan electronics store co-owned by a Soviet émigré who Shvets believes was working with the KGB. Trump’s decision to do business there triggered protocols through which the Soviet spy agency began efforts to cultivate Trump as an asset, thus launching a decades-long “relationship” of mutual benefit to Russia and Trump, from real estate to real power. 

    • Trump’s invitation to Moscow in 1987 was billed as a preliminary scouting trip for a hotel, but according to Shvets, was actually initiated by a high-level KGB official, General Ivan Gromakov. These sorts of trips were usually arranged for ‘deep development,’ recruitment, or for a meeting with the KGB handlers, even if the potential asset was unaware of it.

    • Before Trump’s first trip to Moscow, he met with Natalia Dubinina, who worked at the United Nations library in a vital position usually reserved as a cover for KGB operatives. 

    • In 1987, according to Shvets, the KGB circulated an internal cable hailing the successful execution of an active measure by a newly cultivated American asset who took out full page ads in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe promoting policies promoted by the KGB. The ads had been taken out by Donald Trump, who, Shvets said, would become a “special unofficial contact” for the KGB, that is, an intelligence asset whose role has been compared to that of the late industrialist, Armand Hammer. 

    A number of America’s highest national security officials have said they believe Trump is a Russian asset, but neither the Mueller Report nor the numerous congressional investigations throughout Trump’s presidency pursued that vital question. American Kompromat does.

    In addition to exploring Trump’s ties to the KGB, American Kompromat also shows that from Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, Russian kompromat operations documented the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world and transformed those secrets into potent weapons. It also reveals:

    • How Jeffrey Epstein and Trump jostled for influence and financial supremacy for years. A college dropout let go from his prep school teaching job, Epstein became a millionaire in part with the help of Ghislaine Maxwell’s father—media tycoon Robert Maxwell, who allegedly served as a Soviet and Israeli spy and likely gave Epstein a sum estimated between $10 and $20 million before his death in 1991. 

    • How the Jeffrey Epstein-Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking operation provided a source and marketplace for sexual kompromat – dirty secrets of the richest and most powerful men in the world. While Epstein had a rule when it came to selecting women, namely, “the younger, the better,” he also knew that a multimillionaire –or future leader – caught committing adultery is nothing compared to getting caught on video in the act with a minor. 

    • How the Epstein-Maxwell ring helped enable young women with possible ties to Russian intelligence to gain access to the highest levels of Silicon Valley and the worlds of artificial intelligence, supercomputers, and the internet. This, at a time when Vladimir Putin has asserted, “Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere [artificial intelligence] will become the ruler of the world."

    ©2021 Craig Unger (P)2021 Penguin Audio

    Commentaires

    "For the first time a former KGB employee has gone on record to describe Donald Trump's historic relationship with the Kremlin. It's a bombshell that must be looked into." (Robert Baer, former CIA operative and author of See No Evil)

    "By compiling decades of Trump’s seedy ties, disturbing and consistent patterns of behavior, and unexplained contacts with Russian officials and criminals, Unger makes a strong case that Trump is probably a compromised trusted contact of Kremlin interests." (John Sipher, Washington Post

    "Craig Unger has just published a wonderful, well-written book. The jewel in the crown is how the KGB cultivated Donald Trump. With assistance of the eminent former KGB officer Yuri Shvets, American Kompromat establishes how it really took place." (Anders Åslund, senior fellow, The Atlantic Council) 

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    • Victoria Eriksson
    • 31/01/2021

    10 star book

    I didn't think it was possible to break new ground in the Trump-Russia attack on 🇺🇲 democracy. I have read the Mueller report, the bipartisan Senate intelligence committee reports on Trump Russia as well as every other nonfiction book about Trump Russia, Deutsche Bank, books on the authoritarian theocrats in the modern GOP, biographies and intelligence officer memoirs of Robert Hanssen and Aldrich Ames. But Unger did it. Every claim he makes is backed up and proven beyond a reasonable doubt. Unger found a former KGB major who defected to America years ago and he is cited frequently. Every American should read this book. I looked at the reviews, and I advise everyone to disregard those plainly written by MAGATS who plainly didn't read the book. If they had, they wouldn't have the emotional strength to attempt to discredit it as a fantasy. Especially since many of the Trump supporters are QAnon supporters- if they had read this book- the child sex trafficking operation by Trump and Epstein would have shocked them into a stunned silence. Trump was known to have sexually assaulted underage girls before he was elected. Unger's new masterpiece shreds lunatic claims from the Trump cult that he was ever on the side of punishing pedophiles. His relationships with Epstein, George Nader, and many others confirm what sane people have known for decades- Trump is a rapist and pedophile as well as an asset of the KGB turned FSB/ SVR/GRU. He betrayed this country and committed such corruption so badly, as did his enablers, it has permanently damaged our national security, our democracy and alliances/reputation abroad. Anyone who supports him in light of the overwhelming evidence of his treason, crimes against the constitution and underage girls is complicit.

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    • Tiffany Posey
    • 05/02/2021

    AWESOME 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

    I’ve listened to a lot of different related books but THIS ONE I binged! Lots of new info & revelations but this book really covered it all in scope & topic!!
    Absolutely recommend EVERYONE READ THIS EXCELLENT BOOK 🤘🏼🤘🏼🤘🏼

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    • marla
    • 02/02/2021

    Staggering relevations

    Just when you think you know plenty enough on Trump, this book lays bare a history that leaves you understanding, there's do much still hidden. Ties to Epstein should come out in full review but we know that is not likely to be.

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    • Doksooli
    • 04/02/2021

    A Valuable Contribution

    There's a lot of evidence here linking Trump to the Russian mob and there's already been evidence confirmed that the Russians went to extraordinary lengths to help Trump get elected. Why they would do that for someone they couldn't control is the question we should be asking.

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    • Daryl Coleman
    • 04/03/2021

    THIS is a MUST read

    i started this book late Monday and i COULD NOT put it down...when i tell you I was captivated from beginning to end i mean every element gave SO much clarity into wtf happened during the past administration i will gladly reread this over the weekend because there was just SO MUCH in it! YOU will NOT be Disappointed!

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    • Arno
    • 18/02/2021

    Connecting Trump, Epstein, Maxwell & Putin...

    The largest throve of kompromat ever potentially incriminating a large bunch of powefull people. All exposed when Ghislaine Maxwell starts to talk.....

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    • Irishelf2
    • 13/02/2021

    Chilling

    This is an eye opening account of the deep control Russia has over Trump and the Republican Party! Americans will be burdened with the treachery for decades! A must “read” if you want to know just how corrupt William Barr is too! Chilling that the United States of America came so close to being completely under Trump and Putins control!

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    • V RANDALL
    • 14/07/2021

    Very informative

    Required reading for every American who wants to understand Russian influence in our politics. Trump’s kompramat was a given, from my perspective, but this book goes back to the capitalist roots pursued by a younger DT. Not sure what scares me more…the ways Russia uses the US for money laundering or the fact DT was elected when he was clearly a Russian asset. It does explain DT’s bold assertions of innocence as much of what he had done for Russia over the years was quasi-legal. I just wonder who else Putin is grooming these days? Ties many of the key players together, Alpha Bank, Epstein, Stone,Manafort, etc. What is clear is that we can’t afford another DT. I only gave four stars to performance as some of the accents used to read quotes were distracting. Otherwise, well done.

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    • 08/07/2021

    Meh

    If you’ve seen the Epstein documentary filthy rich and the documentary Active Measures, you already know everything this book presents, he just tries to connect the two and he doesn’t quite get there. This was a waste of time.

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    • Daniel X. Junker
    • 11/01/2022

    Disappointed that the Author Didn't Make the Case

    The story braids several interesting stories together: Trump's real estate enterprises; Robert Hanssen work as a Russian mole in the FBI; Aldritch Ames work as a Russian Mole in the CIA; Opus Dei and Jeffery Epstein. However, while the Hanssen and Ames story were interesting, they did not contribute to the principal premise that Trump is a Russian asset and that Russia has compromising information that keeps a leash on him.

    The main evidence is: Trump used Russian KGB spotters in NYC to purchase a bunch of TVs and; the partially substantiated assertion that Epstein was collecting compromising video tapes of famous men cavorting with young girls.

    The rest of the story including discussions of William Barr's turpitude as Attorney General, and Trumps wholesale dismissal of competent but disloyal political appointees and similar topics that definitely speak to Trump's character and motivations, but don't contribute to the books premise.

    Stripped of the braided narratives, and the well known stories of Trump's many shortcomings, the story is left with an empty framework of a few loosely connected dots that don't make the case.

    I wish that the author had dug deeper and uncovered more damning evidence.

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    • Selicor
    • 30/01/2021

    Who were the puppet masters behind Trump?

    During the past 5 years I have read/listenend to most of what appeared to be reliable books about Trump. I have also read Relentless Pursuit by Bradley J. Edwards, the attorney, who represented some of the victims of Jeffrey Epstein. I have read several books about Putin, his methods, his ties to the mafia etc.
    Still, Craig Unger’s American Kompromat has insights to offer that go beyond all these other books. His angle is the question what someone might have on Trump to exercise a powerful influence upon his politics and personal attitudes. How come Trump is so obviously on the side of Putin’s interests? How was it possible that Jeffrey Epstein’s proven paedophile crimes, were exchanged for a minor charge in an illegal, clandestine plea bargain in 2008? What was on Epstein’s secret video documentations of his many famous guests and their encounters with underage girls on Epstein’s yacht, Epstein’s island, Epstein’s mansions? Why did William Barr confirm Epstein’s prison suicide in spite of numerous discrepancies? What motivated William Barr to support Trump in his attempts to demolish the American democracy? These and other questions are convincingly answered in this well-researched, thoroughly documented account that spans 40 years of Trump’s life until the period of his denial of Biden’s election to the presidency. It does not contain anything about the riots at the Capitol. That must have happened when the text had already gone into print.
    I found it very worthwhile to add this book to my sources in order to understand what makes Trump tick. Even with him gone now, the protagonists that enabled and/or controlled him are still around, doing their dirty work in new directions. More than ever, it is important to look at the bigger picture and Craig Unger offers us a front seat.

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 24/03/2021

    Fine

    The story is captivating. But for a documentary sounds too emotional and not well justified.