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The never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who The never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms--and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump. What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption--and the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion's research going forward would be Trump's entanglements with Russia. To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos--which collectively became known as the Steele dossier--that raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump's ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a ten-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet--a story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report. In Crime in Progress, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time--a tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time--no matter the costs.


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The never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who The never-before-told inside story of the high-stakes, four-year-long investigation into Donald Trump's Russia ties--culminating in the Steele dossier, and sparking the Mueller report--from the founders of political opposition research company Fusion GPS. Fusion GPS was founded in 2010 by Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former reporters at The Wall Street Journal who decided to abandon the struggling news business and use their reporting skills to conduct open-source investigations for businesses and law firms--and opposition research for political candidates. In the fall of 2015, they were hired to look into the finances of Donald Trump. What began as a march through a mind-boggling trove of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and sketchy overseas projects soon took a darker turn: The deeper Fusion dug, the more it began to notice names that Simpson and Fritsch had come across during their days covering Russian corruption--and the clearer it became that the focus of Fusion's research going forward would be Trump's entanglements with Russia. To help them make sense of what they were seeing, Simpson and Fritsch engaged the services of a former British intelligence agent and Russia expert named Christopher Steele. He would produce a series of memos--which collectively became known as the Steele dossier--that raised deeply alarming questions about the nature of Trump's ties to a hostile foreign power. Those memos made their way to U.S. intelligence agencies, and then to President Barack Obama and President-elect Trump. On January 10, 2017, the Steele dossier broke into public view, and the Trump-Russia story reached escape velocity. At the time, Fusion GPS was just a ten-person consulting firm tucked away above a Starbucks near Dupont Circle, but it would soon be thrust into the center of the biggest news story on the planet--a story that would lead to accusations of witch hunts, a relentless campaign of persecution by congressional Republicans, bizarre conspiracy theories, lawsuits by Russian oligarchs, and the Mueller report. In Crime in Progress, Simpson and Fritsch tell their story for the first time--a tale of the high-stakes pursuit of one of the biggest, most important stories of our time--no matter the costs.

30 review for Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    This is the best book of the 100 or so I've read this year. It's a well-articulated history of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Reading this is like being given a summary of Rachel Maddow shows for the last three years. My critical takeaway: Trump is so mobbed up that it's frightening and a national security risk. He and Putin want to remake the world order so that they are the two major geopolitical powers, Putin has restored the territory of the old Soviet Union, and This is the best book of the 100 or so I've read this year. It's a well-articulated history of the Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Reading this is like being given a summary of Rachel Maddow shows for the last three years. My critical takeaway: Trump is so mobbed up that it's frightening and a national security risk. He and Putin want to remake the world order so that they are the two major geopolitical powers, Putin has restored the territory of the old Soviet Union, and Trump wants to become the dictator of the states for life, presumably. The House is just now getting into the substantial degree that Republicans have been handmaidens to the Russian mob, which consists largely of oligarchs that have taken over various companies/regions of the old Soviet empire. The chief architects of this in the United States are, besides the president, Mitch McConnell (known thug Oleg Deripaska funded Kentucky's giant new aluminum plant); Devin Nunes, who was elected from a heavily agricultural district in California as a farmer but has since sold all his family's farms and bought two vineyards for which he now pushes favorable legislation; Michael Cohen, now in prison, who created his entire business through mob connections and has since turned on Trump; former Secretary of Defense Michael Flynn, who was the most heavily mobbed up U.S. official and is now awaiting a long prison sentence; Paul Manafort, greatly intrusive in Ukraine and tight with Russia (now in prison); and lesser characters including Roger Stone, Maria Butina, Carter Page, and a cast of dozens. The authors of this book are the cofounders of Fusion, a political research agency with no predispositions for either major party. They commissioned Christopher Steele of Orbis, a roughly equivalent UK organization, to do a major investigation into the 2016 election. The consequent "Steele Dossier" was maligned and ridiculed by Republicans as propaganda, especially over such sensational trivialities as the "Pee Tape," which showed Trump in a Moscow hotel encouraging two prostitutes to give a "golden shower" onto the bed in which the Obamas had once slept. It turns out that, although this book doesn't give significant explication of the incident, Steele claimed that he had seven eyewitnesses to the alleged incident. The vehemence with which the Republicans maligned the "Steele Dossier" was possibly proportionate to the degree of truth it conveyed. This book carefully examines the entire dossier to see what upset the Republicans so. The answers are riveting and premonitory. The best quote in the book is the last paragraph of the book before the Epilogue: "That Trump had not, in fact, been exonerated. That Trump had lied repeatedly. That he had sought the aid of Wikileaks to damage the Clinton campaign. That it was not a 'witch hunt.'" That the Russians had very blatantly interfered in the election." The best summary quote from the Epilogue: "As the Republican Party's base of white voters has shriveled, there has been an increased willingness on the part of its leaders to pursue win-at-all-costs electoral strategies, such as the deliberate disenfranchisement of minorities and covert alliances with foreign regimes similarly fearful of demographic demise." This book is a critical and frightening warning to Americans that if Trump is not impeached and removed before the 2020 presidential election, the entire American experiment may be over and the U.S. Constitution will become a historical artifact. Besides being mandatory reading, this book reads like a spy novel and is hard to put down. I couldn't recommend it more highly to anyone who cares about the future of the United States.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donald Powell

    This is a well written, gripping and detailed review of Fusion GPS and the work of Christopher Steele on their behalf. I am constantly incredulous about our current politics. I do not understand how or why this entire arena of life has taken such a turn for the worse, almost overnight. This book documents so much of what we have just lived through and the hypocrisy, deceit, manipulation and loss of morality in our United States' governance. This is a very saddening book. It evokes fear and This is a well written, gripping and detailed review of Fusion GPS and the work of Christopher Steele on their behalf. I am constantly incredulous about our current politics. I do not understand how or why this entire arena of life has taken such a turn for the worse, almost overnight. This book documents so much of what we have just lived through and the hypocrisy, deceit, manipulation and loss of morality in our United States' governance. This is a very saddening book. It evokes fear and disdain. So many Americans, indeed citizens of many lands, seem so gullible and willing to compromise what is clearly right, as opposed to wrong, in aide of their gullibility. I can only hope, perhaps, it is the ultimate source of a new beginning rather than the beginning of the end of ou experiment in a democratic republic.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bettie

    Mueller investigation did not follow the money on Trump: Peter Fritsch and Glenn Simpson, co-founders of Fusion GPS, talk with Rachel Maddow about their new book, Crime in Progress, and investigating Donald Trump's relationship with Russia and the 2016 election.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fay

    Terrifyingly revealing.

  5. 5 out of 5

    George

    In a word, terrifying. Whilst the history of Russian involvement in the Trump campaign and administration is still being written, its become abundantly clear, through his actions and the sheer number of touch points he's had with Russians of dubious background, that there's something unusual here. Simpson does a good job of laying out the chronology in more linear fashion than we have seen in the past, which is important because most of the conspiracy theories involving Fusion GPS have gotten it In a word, terrifying. Whilst the history of Russian involvement in the Trump campaign and administration is still being written, its become abundantly clear, through his actions and the sheer number of touch points he's had with Russians of dubious background, that there's something unusual here. Simpson does a good job of laying out the chronology in more linear fashion than we have seen in the past, which is important because most of the conspiracy theories involving Fusion GPS have gotten it all wrong, which I suppose is part of their charm. In short, its clear that Trump has lied numerous times about his personal ties to Russian money, if not Russian hackers, and that nothing he says on the subject has any probative value whatsoever. So where does that leave us? Well, we know that Steele, the former MI6 agent who created the "dossier" was a well-regarded agent by both the Brits and the FBI/CIA here, and an expert Russianologist. We also know that most, if not all, of his report has been substantively verified, or not yet verified. Neither the "pee tape" nor the story of Michael Cohen in Prague have yet been verified, but there have been interesting pieces of info around both that are difficult to dismiss. But more to the point, we've seen Trump repeatedly coddle Putin, including at Helsinki, where he stood up and said he didn't "believe" his own intelligence community in front of Putin, as well as pressing for removing sanctions and other results of his bad behavior in Crimea and elsewhere. We know he's lied about his business interests in Russia, as well as his numerous dubious Russian buyers here. And we know he pressured Ukraine to hold a presser to smear Biden with unfounded allegations. In short, the evidence is right in front of us, regardless of whether you believe Fusion GPS or not. The only question is whether you care. And if you don't, then perhaps democracy is not for you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Harry Allagree

    First, note that there are co-authors, Glenn Simpson & Peter Fritsch This is, unquestionably, the best explanation I've read on why the United States is in its current situation vis à vis Donald J. Trump & the Russian Federation (Russia). It gives a panoramic view in detailed (though not exhaustive) narrative of the intersection of the two countries & Trump & his cronies, including the GOP Republican Party, from roughtly 2015 (& a little before) down to 2019. This narrative is First, note that there are co-authors, Glenn Simpson & Peter Fritsch This is, unquestionably, the best explanation I've read on why the United States is in its current situation vis à vis Donald J. Trump & the Russian Federation (Russia). It gives a panoramic view in detailed (though not exhaustive) narrative of the intersection of the two countries & Trump & his cronies, including the GOP Republican Party, from roughtly 2015 (& a little before) down to 2019. This narrative is based mainly on the work of their company, Fusion GPS, of which the authors are co-founders; and through one of their collaborators in the UK, Christopher Steele, chronicler of what is now known as the "Steele Dossier". The book sets the record straight, as best as the authors are humanly able, so it is authoritative. There is admirable care taken not to cross boundaries of confidentiality of clients of Fusion GPS, but the authors stretch as far as they legally can to present true facts. The sum total of their work, along with that of others, belies & negates the untruthful, fanciful, twisted & sometimes ridiculous version of Trump's supporters. Although Simpson & Fritsch were experienced journalists before they founded Fusion GPS, the authors' purpose was to contract with carefully vetted clients to produce research reports on information, primarily public records, needed by clients. They were not opposition or intelligence reporters. They favored no one party over another. When news started breaking about Trump's transgressions with the Russians, most people, including the media, misunderstood this. Had the news media gotten it right from the start, their investigations would've led them to expose Trump & his dealing with Russia much earliert. In the end, most of what the authors had learned in their early research came to be verified, sometimes much later, as true & factual. Shamefully, in the meantime, they went through of time of ridicule & harassment from Republican members of Congress & right-wing conservatives, many of whom ended up in the "hot seat" themselves later on! The book emphasizes the extreme ongoing danger of Russia's meddling in our democracy up to the present day. The authors end the book this way: "The Trump campaign's conspiring with Russia may not be a crime provable in federal court, but it amounts to one of the most significant betrayals in American history. That, at its core, was the warning sounded by Fusion and Steele in 2016, a warning that remains as urgent today as it was then."

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lis Carey

    In 2010, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former Wall Street Journal reporters, left the news business and founded Fusion GPS, to do research mostly for businesses and law firms, and occasionally opposition research for political campaigns. In 2015, they were hired to do opposition research on Donald Trump. What started as an investigation of Trump's tangled business dealings became ever more intertwined in previous investigations into Russian corruption, as they realized that investigating In 2010, Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, two former Wall Street Journal reporters, left the news business and founded Fusion GPS, to do research mostly for businesses and law firms, and occasionally opposition research for political campaigns. In 2015, they were hired to do opposition research on Donald Trump. What started as an investigation of Trump's tangled business dealings became ever more intertwined in previous investigations into Russian corruption, as they realized that investigating Trump meant investigating his Russian associations and business dealings. It's a fascinating and complicated tale, and it's told very well. It does require attention and patience to absorb the entire complicated story, including the coincidences, conflicts, and the stresses on the Fusion GPS partners, after the Steele dossier is leaked and Fusion GPS becomes the focus of Republican determination to protect Trump. It's detailed, compelling, well written, and then very well read by Mark Deakins. It's essential reading or listening if you want to follow what's going on with the impeachment inquiry, and why it isn't just another political fight. Highly recommended. I borrowed this audiobook via Scribd.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    The authors Simpson and Fritsch are two former Wall Street Journal reporters who own the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS. In May of 2016 they hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence office, to answer questions about the nature of Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin. The contents of Steele's memoranda, and the fact that Obama and Trump were briefed about them, was leaked to the press in early January 2017 which was shortly before the inauguration. Simpson and The authors Simpson and Fritsch are two former Wall Street Journal reporters who own the Washington-based research firm Fusion GPS. In May of 2016 they hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence office, to answer questions about the nature of Trump's relationship with Russia and Putin. The contents of Steele's memoranda, and the fact that Obama and Trump were briefed about them, was leaked to the press in early January 2017 which was shortly before the inauguration. Simpson and Fritsch then realized that the intelligence community thought the research was credible if they had briefed it to the president. The possible consequences of Trump’s unchecked friendliness toward Putin included the lifting of sanctions on Russia, the weakening or even demise of NATO, the spread of Russian-style corruption and kleptocracy to the West, and, more immediately for Fusion, the threat of retaliation from an incoming regime eager to even the score against its critics and whistleblowers. Fusion GPS was originally hired by Trump's Republican primary opponents in late 2015. Initially Trump was not being investigated for his Russian ties but rather for hypocrisies and lies surrounding his businesses, his wealth (or lack thereof), and his positions on issues. For example, although Trump has backed a xenophobic view on immigration, he has often employed illegal immigrant labor in his businesses and recruited immigrants from abroad. Trump Organization had sponsored at least 1,494 foreign worker visas since 2000. His Palm Beach estate and private club, Mar-a-Lago, was the largest of his properties to import immigrant labor, with at least 872 visas to its name. One of the most interesting elements of this book involves reporting on Trump's connections to organized crime that hasn't gotten much attention, e.g. his connection to Felix Sater, a Russian-born crime figure who had a business card stating he was a “senior advisor to Donald J. Trump.” During the entire span of his career, Donald Trump has done business with at least 25 individuals and companies with documented mob ties, including various powerful Italian and Russian syndicates. Fusion GPS did not approach the Democrats with their research until March of 2016, when it appeared that Trump had secured the Republican nomination. At this point Fusion offered its research to a DNC-connected law firm who agreed to contract its services. Fusion then contracted with Steele independently for an investigation into Trump's Russia connections. Steele was so alarmed by what he had found that he asked for, and was given permission by Fusion, to give his findings to the FBI. Through the next several months, Fusion gave background briefings to news organizations about its research but did not give any of them a copy of the dossier. After the election, Steele gave a copy of the dossier memos to the UK intelligence chief and MI5 arranged for him to also give a copy to Senator John McCain via his aide David Kramer. Despite his promise to give the dossier only to Senator McCain, Kramer later leaked the dossier to the press and it emerged into the public sphere. “The allegations were disturbing, but I had no idea which if any were true,” McCain later wrote. “I could not independently verify any of it, and so I did what any American who cares about our nation’s security should have done. I put the dossier in my office safe, called the office of the director of the FBI, Jim Comey, and asked for a meeting.” McCain’s friend and colleague Lindsey Graham later admitted that he had encouraged McCain to turn the dossier over to the FBI. Months later Graham would feign outrage over the dossier during congressional hearings. This is a well-written, informative, and fascinating account of Fusion's research into Trump's character and background. There are a lot of details about the investigation that make much more sense when put into context as this book does. The Steele dossier will probably go down in history for its significance in the Trump-Russia investigation. One other important takeaway is that the press failed to properly report the Trump-Russia story before the 2016 election despite having it dropped in their laps. As a result, Putin was allowed to put his puppet in the White House. To deny that Russia intervened in the 2016 election with the express purpose of helping Trump win—given all the evidence presented by Mueller and the Intelligence Community—requires a staggering degree of willful blindness. Worse, however, is to support that position with silence. There have been many books written about the Trump-Russia connection and this is one of the better ones. The writing is clean and straightforward resulting in a tight professional narrative. You won't be wasting your time reading this. Highly recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erik Graff

    This is an account of some of the investigations concerning Russian attempts to promote their interests at the expense of the Western democracies. The focus is on the United States and the 2016 elections, during which Russian actors demonstrably attempted to help Trump's bid, hinder Clinton's and generally disrupt our domestic politics--an effort which continues at this, the eve of the 2020 elections. Covering events up to October 2019, authors Simpson and Fritsch, founders of Fusion GPS, do not This is an account of some of the investigations concerning Russian attempts to promote their interests at the expense of the Western democracies. The focus is on the United States and the 2016 elections, during which Russian actors demonstrably attempted to help Trump's bid, hinder Clinton's and generally disrupt our domestic politics--an effort which continues at this, the eve of the 2020 elections. Covering events up to October 2019, authors Simpson and Fritsch, founders of Fusion GPS, do not yet conclude that Trump himself conspired with the Russians despite the enormous weight of evidence suggesting such. What is clear is that the Russians saw an opportunity, took it and obtained results welcomed by the Trump team. Readers of this account are advised to check out the film entitled "The Report" (or, with the central term excised, "The Torture Report"), the story of one of the figures who came to be associated with the ongoing investigations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    If you are going to read ONE book about Trump and how he came to power (and I have read a lot of them!) this is the one to read. At the heart of this account is disinformation. How the Republicans conspired, right in front of our very eyes, to change the narrative about how Trump got elected, his shady parters and friends and how lies continue to support his presidency. The only reason that the book does not earn 5 stars from me, is that the authors are clearly angry (justifiably) and this anger If you are going to read ONE book about Trump and how he came to power (and I have read a lot of them!) this is the one to read. At the heart of this account is disinformation. How the Republicans conspired, right in front of our very eyes, to change the narrative about how Trump got elected, his shady parters and friends and how lies continue to support his presidency. The only reason that the book does not earn 5 stars from me, is that the authors are clearly angry (justifiably) and this anger taints their narrative.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Frightening. I am baffled by so many people who deny the truth of Russian interference and the criminal behavior of Trump and his cronies. Very revealing - shows that Republicans care less about our Country than I suspected. They have been covering for Trump long before he was elected.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Steve Hahn

    Interesting inside perspective but as the book goes on their obvious bias becomes even more evident. One must read this with the overarching reminder that they were paid millions of dollars to find dirt on trump and then push it out to the media. They are not at all forthcoming regarding their interaction with the Clinton campaign through their hired attorneys. It's interesting to learn of the layers of camouflage and cover that is undertaken by these campaigns to deceive the public they are to Interesting inside perspective but as the book goes on their obvious bias becomes even more evident. One must read this with the overarching reminder that they were paid millions of dollars to find dirt on trump and then push it out to the media. They are not at all forthcoming regarding their interaction with the Clinton campaign through their hired attorneys. It's interesting to learn of the layers of camouflage and cover that is undertaken by these campaigns to deceive the public they are to serve. Fusion is a hired gun hell bent on selling to anyone with a political agenda. While this story clearly is intended to paint trump in a bad light it also tells a story of our political system that is very disturbing. That is the extent that supposed high minded politicians and their paid minions will expend massive resources and energy to destroy their enemies. And it's not to advance the lives of the average citizen but to further benefit the wealthy special interests.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andy Norris

    Painful to read this recounting. Painful to live this reality.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Patricia L.

    You don't know anything about political corruption until you read this. Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be totally disgusted at politics, Russian election interference, Trump's use of throwaway stooges, and the terrible threat to our constitutional way of life. I pray you'll leave your political party while you read this book and open your eyes to Political Reality 101. Our patriotic citizens need to know how corruption from within and outside is undermining progress and integrity in the United You don't know anything about political corruption until you read this. Keep an open mind. Be prepared to be totally disgusted at politics, Russian election interference, Trump's use of throwaway stooges, and the terrible threat to our constitutional way of life. I pray you'll leave your political party while you read this book and open your eyes to Political Reality 101. Our patriotic citizens need to know how corruption from within and outside is undermining progress and integrity in the United States. Promise your country to keep an open mind. Thank you to all who risked much to inform many.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Lacy

    Simpson and Fritsch have provided an illuminating account of how they and their firm, Fusion GPS came to be engaged by the Hilary Clinton campaign into what was initially some basic political opposition research that would last a month but might extend a second. Using their usual technique of document retrieval Fusion uncovered much more than they expected. Quickly, the project extended beyond two months and sent Fusion contacting Christopher Steele, a former U.K. MI6 spy who now ran his own Simpson and Fritsch have provided an illuminating account of how they and their firm, Fusion GPS came to be engaged by the Hilary Clinton campaign into what was initially some basic political opposition research that would last a month but might extend a second. Using their usual technique of document retrieval Fusion uncovered much more than they expected. Quickly, the project extended beyond two months and sent Fusion contacting Christopher Steele, a former U.K. MI6 spy who now ran his own research firm, Orbis in London. It wasn’t too long and Steele also uncovered additional information that enhanced and supported Fusion’s work (details Fusion never disclosed to Steele prior to beginning his research). Steele became alarmed about the information he learned and obsessed with secrecy of the identity of his sources, fearing their safety and their family if they were outed. (As the months progressed maintaining the non disclosure of his clients was top concern, citing recent assassinations by Putin/Russians.) using a source they knew in the DOJ, Steele and Fusion turned over incriminating information that substantiated not only election interference by the Russians, but also a number of incidents that pointed to Trump cronies and advisors committing federal crimes. Such information assisted in the Mueller investigation, contributed to indictments of close Trump advisors, even lifetime NRA member, avowed gun enthusiast, and purported Russian operative Maria Butina. But with their contributions, Steele and Simpson and Fusion were denigrated by Republicans in Congress, Fox News, and the alt-right media. Fusion/Simpson were sued as was Orbis/Steele for defamation for their reports. None were successful, but legal fees were expensive to defend. Simpson testified in Congress. The Mueller Report was published. People in Trump’s Circle were indicted, pled, were sentenced or went to trial, and in 2018, the Democrats won the House. A new day for investigations. For books on this topic, one will not be sorry for reading Simpson and Fritsch’s account. It is straight forward, there’s not a lot of names to keep track of like in other books, and it is well written, as clearly as on the Russian/Putin angle as Rachel Maddow’s great book, BLOWOUT, and Masha Gessen’s two well received books. I’m on to read other books on this subject. This is my sixth, I think? There are more. Simpson’s bibliography is loaded with additional titles. I can’t resist. What we are seeing by Trump, in Congress, in Russia, the U.K., and Europe, and happening in the Middle East, is disconcerting. My hope is that more of us will read books like this one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Stolar

    This is a book everyone should read, as it details much of what we've generally heard over the years about the Russian plan to disrupt our elections and install Trump as our President, along with the Republican's abdication of any responsibility for defending the country. Rachel Maddow has gone through many of the issues described in this book -- this is almost like the volume of extensive notes I'd always wish I'd taken while watching her show. It is deeply dismaying to read, yet so important.

  17. 4 out of 5

    LINDA DIANNE

    Fascinating peek behind the headlines Confirms my early instincts that Steele and Fusion GPS were the dedicated protectors of democratic ideals in the face of foreign and domestic efforts to undermine them - as opposed to the bizarre and fantastical antics those such as Devin Nunes propagated against them. Thank goodness there are people such as they working in the background to bolster democracy against Putin's efforts to wreck it for his own ends! But it also helps understand how close it came Fascinating peek behind the headlines Confirms my early instincts that Steele and Fusion GPS were the dedicated protectors of democratic ideals in the face of foreign and domestic efforts to undermine them - as opposed to the bizarre and fantastical antics those such as Devin Nunes propagated against them. Thank goodness there are people such as they working in the background to bolster democracy against Putin's efforts to wreck it for his own ends! But it also helps understand how close it came to being much worse. If the 2018 mid-term elections hadn't returned Congress to the Democrats, whatever it is that is driving the once "party of law and order" to enable an autocratic leader and destroy all the checks and balances they use and abuse when a (d)Democratic President is in power, would be even worse than what is happening now. A timely lesson that ALL citizens need to be engaged and ready to fight for free and fair elections in 2020, and elect people across the country, from the top to the bottom, in every elected office, so that there is a chance to repair and rebuild. A majority of ethical and hardworking representatives are essential to work to ensure it can never happen again that a foreign power can help install a corrupt and unfit person to the highest office in the US.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The innocence of the endeavors of Fusion GPS: a study in self-serving justifications.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark Jones

    If you don't follow politics and world events, you're probably a little behind the curve on what's going on. This book will bring you up to speed. The implications of where the world is headed can leave you a little shaken if you prefer to feel safe and happy but I prefer facing the world head on so I considered it a good read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Must read for anyone who wants to know the Fusion GPS story. It was amazing

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Hooser

    I believe all the people talking about the Steele dossier and fusion gps MUST read this. It puts a lot of things in perspective. It's not a partisan book, its object and informative

  22. 5 out of 5

    Graham Catt

    If you care about the future of Democracy, the state of politics in the USA, or the notion of "truth" as it stands in the Trump Era, this is essential reading.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    A well-written history of Trump’s extensive ties to Russia; a real page-turner.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nick Turner

    By far the best book on Trump/Russia.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gwen

    I was curious to read the Fusion GPS perspective. If you didn't follow a lot of Muller investigation, you'll pick up some details.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bonny

    This didn't age well, now that we know that the Steele Dossier was all made up... Save me some time reading garbage again

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    The best written political book that I've read this year. It covers the uproar caused by the Steele Dossier, commissioned by Fusion GPS from the perspective of two of Fusion's principal owners who oversaw the research on Donald Trump. While most of the information exists somewhere in the public record, a good deal of the details were new to me as they were only lightly covered by the media at a time when few were paying attention to Trump's Russian connections. While the book fills in a lot of The best written political book that I've read this year. It covers the uproar caused by the Steele Dossier, commissioned by Fusion GPS from the perspective of two of Fusion's principal owners who oversaw the research on Donald Trump. While most of the information exists somewhere in the public record, a good deal of the details were new to me as they were only lightly covered by the media at a time when few were paying attention to Trump's Russian connections. While the book fills in a lot of the blanks, it is not by any means the definitive explanation as it comes from the pen of two men, who have a personal stake in how the events are viewed. I was not thrilled by the fact that they spent the entire book referring to themselves in the third person as if some disinterested person was reporting just the facts. At the very least they should have written a prefix in the first person that explained who they are and why they choose to write this book. It isn't until the epilogue that they finely address the reader candidly as themselves. The elephant (or more accurately donkey) in the room that the authors choose to ignore is the Clinton presidential campaign that picked up the funding for the research after The Washington Free Beacon bowed out upon Trump securing the Republican nomination. We get lots of information on the authors shopping the information around to papers because it was "time" without clarifying what that meant. Did they just do this on their own as a way to further monetize their research or had the Clinton campaign instructed them to help spread certain pieces of information? Clearly the authors would like you to believe that they just did this out of the goodness of their hearts, but since they don't actually say say that, I don't think that was the case. There is one telling section in which the authors tell of their frustration with their client, Mark Elias of Perkins Coie’s Political Law Group (the conduit to the Clinton campaign) unwillingness to help with their mounting legal bills because nobody told them to go to the FBI. I would love to know what the Clinton campaign did with all of that research and if they ever debated going to the FBI themselves. The authors went out of their way to shield their client by implying it was their decision to focus on Russia rather than Trump's domestic legal troubles and wondering if it might have made a difference in the election outcome. However, considering their specialty is gathering pubic records and analyzing them, I can't help but thinking that this was not their choice. Maybe someday someone from inside the Clinton campaign will tell give us their perspective.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Waterhouse

    Explanation of the Steele Dossier and other criminal expose as written/reported by Simpson and Fritsh. How can one party be so entangled with our geopolitical foe-Russia? Explained. I've read a number of books this year dealing with the crimes of Donald Trump. ENOUGH is ENOUGH! How can Trump be so blatant in flaunting the laws and his political party, the Republicans, allows him to get away with it and not held accountable? If it was a Democratic or Independent President they would have done Explanation of the Steele Dossier and other criminal expose as written/reported by Simpson and Fritsh. How can one party be so entangled with our geopolitical foe-Russia? Explained. I've read a number of books this year dealing with the crimes of Donald Trump. ENOUGH is ENOUGH! How can Trump be so blatant in flaunting the laws and his political party, the Republicans, allows him to get away with it and not held accountable? If it was a Democratic or Independent President they would have done everything in their book trying to remove the offensive. Truly shaking my head on this! As a child of the Most High God and believer of the Constitution, I am so appalled by this behavior. We need help from the sanctuary. Are white people so fearful of the future with them no longer being the majority people, moving into the minority while people of color and blacks will be the ruling class, that they are willing to destroy the country before handing over the leadership? If we can't be in control then you will be given an inferior country where the "others" will have to start all over again. What the heck? We will have secured our financial authority and the rest of you be damned! Grateful to Simpson, Fritsh and others for exposing this administration, the Republican party and white supremacy. SELLOUTS...Non patriots, etc. Unbelievable. This book has shown how Russia and the Trump criminal empire have repeatedly been working together to sway the election of 2016 and now trying to hinder the 2020 election. Trump has proven he can't win without cheating, getting the assistance of a foreign power to put him in the presidency. Russia and other foreign countries must not continue to get away in trying to destroy our democracy from within. Enlightenment, education of the illiterate whom are duped by the fake news network, and truth is necessary to eradicate this evil from our country. This book has exposed the Network of crimes as headed up by the "president" of the United States and his sycophants ruling with him. Legislators and Senators need to do the job they were elected to do. Abdication is frowned upon. Betrayal. Mark Deakins did a good job narrating this audible. Recommend.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mike Trigg

    This book, written by the founders of Fusion GPS, is a necessary read in the overall puzzle of Russian interference in our elections and the Trump administration's bizarre, persistent, un-wavering efforts to cooperate with those efforts and obstruct and discredit anyone who tries to investigate it. At some level, the book amounts to a defense of Fusion's work, including the famous Steele Dossier, which they certainly deserved to do after years of withering criticism that they endured silently. This book, written by the founders of Fusion GPS, is a necessary read in the overall puzzle of Russian interference in our elections and the Trump administration's bizarre, persistent, un-wavering efforts to cooperate with those efforts and obstruct and discredit anyone who tries to investigate it. At some level, the book amounts to a defense of Fusion's work, including the famous Steele Dossier, which they certainly deserved to do after years of withering criticism that they endured silently. For anyone paying attention and not solely subsisting on information from Fox News, Breitbart, and dark web internet trolls, the book doesn't really shed any new light on the events and circumstances of the very-much-not-a-witch-hunt Russian scandal. But it does do a good job reminding us all that: 1) Reporting and investigating a potential national security threat is always justified, regardless of the origin. 2) Their original client was actually the conservative news organization, the Washington Free Beacon, not Hillary Clinton. 3) The foundation of their work is public records, not un-named sources - and their un-named sources are left un-named because Putin would kill them if he found out who they are. 4) Nearly every detail of their report has been subsequently corroborated, and even the most salacious un-confirmed bits have never been refuted. 5) Christopher Steele was perhaps one of the most qualified people in the world to do this research and was already a trusted FBI source. 6) A legitimate FBI investigation was already under way, before any information from Fusion or Steele was shared with the Justice Department. 7) If this was all some deep state conspiracy to prevent Trump from getting elected, wouldn't the conspirators have made it public before the election??? Both candidates were being investigated. Only one, Clinton, had that investigation made public. I hope more people who buy into the Trump bizzaro-world conspiracy theories around FISA warrants, and Carter Page, and the deep state, would just read this book with an open mind.

  30. 4 out of 5

    John Purcell

    If you’re looking for a good book on the pre-impeachment Trump imbroglio, try Crime in Progress by Glenn Simpson and his partner at Fusion GPS, Peter Fritsch. Fusion was the company that hired Christopher Steele to obtain relevant op research on Trump limited to his connections with Russia. What came out of that was the Steele Dossier. Think "All The President’s Men" brought current to the DNC break-in with Russian Plumbers...it really reads like that. The behind-the-scenes story of how this If you’re looking for a good book on the pre-impeachment Trump imbroglio, try Crime in Progress by Glenn Simpson and his partner at Fusion GPS, Peter Fritsch. Fusion was the company that hired Christopher Steele to obtain relevant op research on Trump limited to his connections with Russia. What came out of that was the Steele Dossier. Think "All The President’s Men" brought current to the DNC break-in with Russian Plumbers...it really reads like that. The behind-the-scenes story of how this became The Major Story of the 2016 election, and how the dossier came about. It puts the whole thing in better perspective, and is a great primer for what eventually led to Trump's Impeachment. The book pretty much ends where the Ukraine investigation begins, but as Adam Schiff noted, literally one day after Mueller testified about his investigation, Trump solicited foreign aid to smear his political opponent in the NEXT election. Christopher Steele plays a bigger part here than the one we saw in the news. He’s also a hero (and I hate that trite cliché) for his role in making sure this came out. He feared for his sources, but he still pushed our government to pay attention. While some of the dossier hasn’t been proven (or disproven, for that matter) as noted herein, if a spy gets it 70% right, he’s succeeded beyond all expectations, and this book indicates that he hit that mark. I’ve been paying attention to this subject since Trump announced his intentions to run, but I still learned things I didn’t know. For instance,the question whether Trump colluded with Russia is really a red herring. It doesn’t matter. Russia clearly worked to get him elected, and he didn’t object. His connections to the Russian ruble go way back. It reads like a spy novel, doesn’t get bogged down in the mundane details, and makes its points in every chapter. One of the better books on the subject I’ve read.

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