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Kompromat n. - Russian for "compromising information"

This is a story of dirty secrets and the most powerful people in the world.

Craig Unger’s new book, American Kompromat, tells of the spies and salacious events underpinning men’s reputations and riches. It tells how a relatively insignificant targeting operation by the KGB’s New York rezidentura (New York Station) more than 40 years ago - an attempt to recruit an influential businessman as a new asset - triggered a sequence of intelligence protocols that morphed into the greatest intelligence bonanza in history. And it tells of a coterie of associates, reaching all the way into the office of the attorney general, who stood to advance power and themselves.

Based on extensive, exclusive interviews with dozens of high-level sources - Soviets who resigned from the KGB and moved to the United States, former officers in the CIA, FBI counterintelligence agents, lawyers at white-shoe Washington firms - and analysis of thousands of pages of FBI investigations, police investigations, and news articles in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, American Kompromat shows that something much more sinister and important has been taking place than the public could ever imagine: namely, that from Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, kompromat operations documented the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world and transformed them into potent weapons. 

Was Donald Trump a Russian asset? Just how compromised was he? And how could such an audacious feat have been accomplished? American Kompromat is situated in the ongoing context of the Trump-Russia scandal and the new era of hybrid warfare, kleptocrats, and authoritarian right-wing populism it helped accelerate. To answer these questions and more, Craig Unger reports, is to understand kompromat - operations that amassed compromising information on the richest and most powerful men on earth, and that leveraged power by appealing to what is for some the most prized possession of all: their vanity.

©2021 Craig Unger (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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  • EJG
  • 2021-03-14

Wow!

I am not a person who reads a lots of spy type books - but I may rethink my genre choice in the future. I am not a Trump fan but I was amazed at the action of both him & his administration over his time - running for & being president of the US. His behaviour was extremely bizarre & yet time & time again the GOP supported him. I had a hard time believing it was just political decisions that kept him unscathed. Even if half of what is been written in this book is true - it is very scary how close the states came to losing their democracy to fascism. And unfortunately - their problems are far from over - there are likely other Kompromats being developed even now.

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  • Victoria Eriksson
  • 2021-01-31

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
  • 2021-02-05

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
  • 2021-02-02

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
  • 2021-02-04

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
  • 2021-03-04

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
  • 2021-02-18

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
  • 2021-02-13

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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  • Sally
  • 2021-07-08

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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  • Rowland E. Smith
  • 2021-07-21

Trump should move to Russia

amazing just how corrupt Trump is.
to think it all started with buying cheap TVs from a Russian.

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  • V RANDALL
  • 2021-07-14

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.