Proof of Conspiracy

Proof of Conspiracy

How Trump's International Collusion Is Threatening American Democracy

Book - 2019
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The dramatic and meticulously researched new book from former criminal defence attorney and criminal investigator Seth Abramson into the complex web of ties surrounding Donald Trump, showing how Proof of Collusion was only the beginning of the story. In late 2015, international dealmaker and current cooperating witness in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation George Nader convened a secret meeting aboard a massive luxury yacht in the Red Sea. Nader pitched to several Middle Eastern leaders a plan for a new pro-US, pro-Israel alliance of Arab nations that would fundamentally alter the geopolitics of the Middle East while marginalising Iran, Syria and Turkey. To succeed, the plan would need a highly placed American politician willing to drop sanctions on Russia so that Vladimir Putin would in turn agree to end his support for Iran. The gathered leaders agreed their perfect American partner was Donald Trump, who had benefited immensely from his Saudi, Emirati and Russian dealings for many years, and who had, months earlier, become the only US presidential candidate to argue for a unilateral end to Russian sanctions. So begins New York Times bestselling author Seth Abramson's explosive new book Proof of Conspiracy: How Trump's International Collusion Threatens American Democracy, a story of international intrigue whose massive cast of characters includes Israeli intelligence operatives, Russian oligarchs, Saudi death squads, American mercenary companies, Trump's innermost circle and several members of the Trump family - all part of a clandestine multinational agreement that takes us from Washington, DC and Moscow to the Middle Eastern capitals of Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Jerusalem, Cairo, Tehran and Doha. Proof of Conspiracy is a chilling and unforgettable depiction of the dangers the world now faces.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781250256713
Characteristics: viii, 582 pages ;,24 cm.


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Nov 18, 2019

He is very thorough, but not succinct. Reading this book is a lot like reading War and Peace, so it is helpful to keep a running list of all of the characters involved. I kept putting the book down and forgetting who was who by the next time I picked it up. Not well written at all, but very thorough.

Nov 12, 2019

Very important book!! Brings all the evidence and reporting together in a readable narrative.

Oct 17, 2019

further reading:
“Democracy and Its Crisis”
A.C. Grayling 1949-
Oneworld Publications 2017, hc, 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1786072890, ISBN-13: 978-1786072894
Anthony Clifford Grayling CBE, 1949-
“Enemies of Freedom : Understanding Right-Wing Authoritarianism”
Robert Anthony “Bob” Altemeyer 1940-
Jossey Bass Social and Behavioral Science Series
Jossey-Bass 1st edition 1988, hc, 378 pages
ISBN-10: 1555420974, ISBN-13: 978-1555420970

Oct 16, 2019

Hard to give just 3 stars for such an important book documenting the Trumpsphere with painstaking research and connecting the dots that current day news-cycle media is just not equipped to do. Unfortunately, the author who has an eclectic background from journalism to lawyering is more of a documentarian than a story teller.

Even non-fiction requires story telling to inform, convince and make complex events more comprehensible. Written in a style that is drier, harder to absorb and difficult to see the forest for the trees than any novel by Umberto Eco, it will only serve to reinforce the already formed views of the anti-trumpers while being dismissed by the pro-trumpers. People in the middle wouldn’t get through more than a few pages as too many characters and events keep popping up without a well-synthesized conclusion or purpose.

Part of the problem is that the author like much of the media is trying hard to look for some unifying narrative or a “grand bargain” that describes the Trump presidency pre and post election but failing to do so and settling for multiple narratives organized in chapters each of which contains plenty of evidence for misdeeds but none land a punch. Like his previous book, any evidence presented to a jury in this style would just result in a deadlock.

It is much simpler to see Trump and his activities as an extreme combined caricature of the CEOs of global companies from Apple to Facebook to Boeing to Enron and doing what any of them do in small amounts but taken to their logical extremes. Like any good CEO, he selects people that can produce results, multi-tasks to lead many different activities and initiatives in parallel so enough of them succeed. Like the bad CEOs, he does not see any hindrances from ethics, laws, allegiance or morality as long as he can get away with it by “spinning” or by “hiding”. Each such activity to him is a “deal” with a quid pro quo that builds his shareholder value. Like such amoral CEOs, he attracts and lands up with only those that are equally amoral around him.

The various events documented in this book are simply a mix of many such initiatives, some of which work and some of which don’t but as a whole enough deliver results to achieve his goals. So trying to identify any one as the conclusive “smoking gun” is doomed to failure even if eventually one of them will catch up with him as it happens with CEOs who break one too many rules.

The disturbing conclusion from the Trump era, however, is how most people are easily corruptible especially if someone can give them something they crave that is not possible in a Democracy with rules for the greater good - banning abortion for evangelists, removing regulations that ban plundering land, exploiting labor and destroying climate that hinder businesses to make money, an ever increasing stock market for capital investors, a return to power for GOP with a decreasing voter bloc, a state for white supremacists, and so on. All these people, transcending religion, education or race, are willing to look the other way if not actively enable atrocities in other areas. Trump has built an impressive coalition of such “corruptibles”. So, in a way, Trump is a mirror to all of our souls, nothing more, nothing less.

Sep 21, 2019

While the book is lengthy and indeed repetitive, if you get past a literary critic’s view and focus on the treachery of the Trump family and cohorts, and recognize the probability that what is outlined is true then it is a valuable book.

Sep 10, 2019

Let's assume that the author's background data is accurate:
He is an investigative journalist, lawyer, editor and professor. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1998 and Harvard Law School in 2001.
Why is he, and all the other so-called investigative journalists, waiting to now, long after Trumpelstiltskin has been in the White House, to tell us this?
This third-generation draft dodger has been laundering for the Russians through real estate deals for quite some years now, yet none of these so-called investigative -- Dartmouth-and Harvard-trained -- journalists can ever stumble upon this?????

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