The Apprentice

The Apprentice

Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy

Book - 2018
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"It has been called the political crime of the century: a foreign government, led by a brutal authoritarian leader, secretly interfering with the American presidential election to help elect the candidate of its choice. Now two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post national security reporter Greg Miller investigates the truth about the Kremlin's covert attempt to destroy Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump win the presidency, Trump's steadfast allegiance to Vladimir Putin, and Robert Mueller's ensuing investigation of the president and those close to him. Based on interviews with hundreds of people in Trump's inner circle, current and former government officials, individuals with close ties to the White House, members of the law enforcement and intelligence communities, foreign officials, and confidential documents, The Apprentice offers striking new information about: the hacking of the Democrats by Russian intelligence; Russian hijacking of Facebook and Twitter; National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's hidden communications with the Russians; the attempt by Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, to create a secret back channel to Moscow using Russian diplomatic facilities; Trump's disclosure to Russian officials of highly classified information about Israeli intelligence operations; Trump's battles with the CIA and the FBI and fierce clashes within the West Wing; Trump's efforts to enlist the director of national intelligence and the director of the National Security Agency to push back against the FBI's investigation of his campaign; the mysterious Trump Tower meeting; the firing of FBI Director James Comey; the appointment of Mueller and the investigation that has followed; the tumultuous skirmishing within Trump's legal camp; and Trump's jaw-dropping behavior in Helsinki. Deeply reported and masterfully told, The Apprentice is essential reading for anyone trying to understand Vladimir Putin's secret operation, its catastrophic impact, and the nature of betrayal."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Custom House, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062803702
Branch Call Number: 973.933 MILLER
Characteristics: x, 431 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 19, 2019

Why are the offensive comments posted in such a light print that you can hardly read the comment? I consider this an open forum for comments. It does not seem to be so if you do not agree with I guess the Democrats that post their opinions. That does not seem fair to the others that have a conflict in view of the book. Am I wrong and this is not an open forum?

Dec 09, 2018

I enjoyed the book immensely. It fleshed out alot of the things the news provides. I am perplexed by another comment from someone who is on the other end of the scale. Did this person actually read the book or just impose their opinion with bullet points from the conservative side? It takes courage and an open mind to be willing to read something by an author that's on the opposite side. One can sometimes learn new things by trying to understand both points of view. I have read books by authors on the conservative side and it offers insight into the subject. There is no truth--just perspective. We need to listen as well as speak.

Oct 20, 2018

More Dem anti-2016 dis-information.
--- Before election day, Trump said the system was rigged. Obama knew this was true, as Obama had helped rig it. Hillary had paid the Russians for lies about Trump (Steele Dossier), and Obama had had the FBI use fake Steele info for warrants to spy on Trump's campaign. Obama feared Trump would find out and cry foul after Hillary had won. Obama therefore denied the election could be rigged, and dismissed Trump's concerns as nonsense: Trump was merely trying to explain away his coming loss. Dems denounced Trump for reserving the right to legally challenge the election result if fraud was evident: it was a threat to our country.
--- When Trump won, Dems reversed themselves. Now they said Russians had swung the election by exposing Hillary's corruption against Bernie, and by posting some fairly typical social media items. It was a silly bill of charges; Dems withheld the DNC server from FBI examination. Yet Trump-hating spymaster John Brennan was soon making Trump a Russian agent whom Putin had put in the White House. Brennan had once voted Communist; his CIA had spewed lies throughout the Cold War, assassinated foreign leaders, subverted governments, probably killed JFK, and endorsed Saddam's non-existent WMD. Yet Dems denounced all who doubted Brennan's word. They then sought to corrupt and intimidate the Electoral College. They incited violent, destructive riots, physically attacked Trump supporters, Republican officials and candidates, disrupted their meetings, kept them from speaking on campus, and screamed at Senators in the Capitol. They did far worse than what they had accused Trump of planning to do.
--- Candidate Hillary lied and failed in countless ways. No one else was responsible for her loss. She was burdened with scandals from the 1990s when she smeared Bill's female victims. She took huge payoffs for trade approvals as Secr of State. She alienated Liberals as well as Conservatives. She wanted open borders, condoned the Ferguson rioters, attacked straight White males, supported abortion, upheld gays over Christians and transgender restrooms over jobs. But she also supported Bush's lawless 2003 invasion of Iraq, cheated Bernie, and curried Goldman Sachs elitists. She repeatedly collapsed in public. She lost her own group, White women, by ten points. The Russians did not make all this happen. Even if they had a hand in revealing her wrongdoing in the primaries, which I doubt, it was still her wrongdoing, and voters were entitled to know what she had done.
--- The people who say Russians altered the 2016 vote would have denied it vehemently if Hillary had won. They would ridicule anyone who raised the issue.

Oct 16, 2018

The book neatly and comprehensively explains the broad reach of Russian interference with the 2016 election. Like many Americans, I suffer from fatigue regarding this story. However, this book reenergized this citizen's desire to have more information about collusion and honest answers from those who are now in power. I applaud the author's hard work in doing the extensive research necessary to compose such a book, and marvel at his writing ability to craft that research into a "page-turner." I think this is a book all Americans should read.

Oct 02, 2018

By one of the key reporters uncovering the web of links and lies that tie Trumpworld to Russia. A timely book that pulls all of threads together in timeline to make sense of Trump's America, where Truth goes to die.

The investigative team at WaPo brought down Tricky Dick, will they help bring down Don the Con?

Listen to Teri Gross' interview with the author on Fresh Air for more insight. For example, how Trump wanted reporters heads on pikes and wanted the FBI-DOJ to come up with a plan to imprison them.


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