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Proof of Collusion

How Trump Betrayed America
Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
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For the first time, the full, explosive record of the unthinkable: how a US President compromised American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance.

Looking back at this moment in history, historians will ask if Americans knew they were living through the first case of criminal conspiracy between an American presidential candidate turned commander in chief and a geopolitical enemy. The answer might be: it was hard to see the whole picture. The stories coming in from around the globe have often seemed fantastical: clandestine meetings in foreign capitals, secret recordings in a Moscow hotel, Kremlin agents infiltrating the Trump inner circle....

Seth Abramson has tracked every one of these far-flung reports, and now, in Proof of Collusion, he finally gives us a record of the unthinkable - a President compromising American foreign policy in exchange for the promise of future business and covert election assistance. The attorney, professor and former criminal investigator has used his exacting legal mind and forensic acumen to compile, organise and analyse every piece of the Trump-Russia story. His conclusion is clear: the case for collusion is staring us in the face. Drawing from American and European news outlets, he takes readers through the Trump-Russia scandal chronologically, putting the developments in context and showing how they connect. His extraordinary march through all the public evidence includes:

  • How Trump worked for 30 years to expand his real estate empire into Russia even as he was rescued from bankruptcy by Putin’s oligarchs and Kremlin agents.
  • How Russian intelligence gathered compromising material on him over multiple trips.
  • How Trump recruited Russian allies and business partners while running for president.
  • How he surrounded himself with advisers who engaged in clandestine negotiations with Russia.
  • How Trump aides and family members held secret meetings with foreign agents and lied about them.

By pulling every last thread of this complicated story together, Abramson argues that - even in the absence of a congressional investigation or a report from Special Counsel Mueller - the public record already indicates a quid pro quo between Trump and the Kremlin. The most extraordinary part of the case for collusion is that so much of it unfolded in plain sight.  

©2018 Seth Abramson (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

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  • Tony
  • Hawker, Australia
  • 03-12-2018

horribly repetitive

I like Seth's tweets but they don't make a book. Perhaps in written form the reader could skip bits but as a spoken book, it's unintelligible. Summaries, recaps and straight out repeats of great slabs mean this is agony to listen to. Couldn't finish it.

It could literally be half the length and still be repeatitive. A lot of the Trump books are rushed, but this one doesn't seem to have had any attention at all from an Editor.

Saying things over and over doesn't prove collusion, it proves you know how to copy and paste.

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  • BDM
  • Australia
  • 16-11-2018

Fact Rich!

I have been following Seth's analysis on Twitter since late 2016 and even so I am learning new information and seeing connections that were obscured before. A must listen/read for anyone who is out of the loop on the biggest global political scandal likely ever seen. This is not a story you can sum up or dumb down, but I believe what Seth has done is the most thorough compilation of facts to date and deserves to be referenced for years into the future.

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Clear, Concise, Exhaustively Researched

In the years to come, Seth may well be seen by history as the most insightful and clear voice in helping a confused citizenry to comprehend this dark chapter in US history. What’s more, his predictions, based on hard evidence and publicly available facts, combined with his crystal clear understanding of both US law and journalism, have proved almost prophetic. Few people have the gift of being able to unravel such a complex web of corruption and deceit and to then relay it with such clarity to a varied audience.
Adding further weight to his goal of laying out a clear and dispassionate account of the timeline, he has managed to avoid sarcasm and twisting the knife, despite countless opportunities to do so.
What results is an utterly honest and unbiased account of what future generations will know as the darkest chapter in US political history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-2019

Reference Guide

Generations from now, this book will be at the core of studies pertaining to the Trump Administration, only thing is by then, so many other things now unknown, will be known.

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  • Hawfinch
  • 19-11-2018

Probably better in print than as an audiobook

While the author does a careful job of curating his evidence, the way he presents it is frustrating for audiobook listeners. Each chapter, dealing with a different aspect of Trump's collusion, is divided into three parts: Summary, Facts, and Annotated History. Each part covers the same material, but in increasing depth. I suppose the idea (for the print reader) is that you just read the part that gives the level of detail you want. Unfortunately the audiobook listener is forced to sit through it all, which involves a lot of repetition.

I preferred Luke Harding's 'Collusion' and Seth Hettena's 'Trump/Russia'.

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  • Tim
  • 18-11-2018

A Compelling, Scary And Important Story

This is an incredible expose of Trump: it's an easy read with huge amounts of evidence and detail presented in a compelling way. It reads like a thriller ... and it's true. The last time I had this experience was reading "All The Presidents Men"

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  • cord
  • 13-11-2018

Brilliant

Seth has done a very diligent job of piecing together all the elements of collusion and criminality that trump and his aides have engaged in. This is a must read for every American who cares about real democracy, fact and truth.

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  • Raal Harris
  • 14-01-2019

Mind blowing

You think you know the story as far as Trumps collusion with Russia goes? Think again.
This thoroughly researched, detailed analysis of the subject will have you reeling and ultimately wondering how Trump is not in prison already, and continues to get away with it. Must read for anyone that wants to understand how this shameful episode in history has come to pass.

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  • Mike D
  • 11-12-2018

The definitive account of Trumps collusion.

A disturbing account of Trump & his cronies collusion with foreign states mainly Russia.

The book demonstrates how far back this whole sorry saga goes, painting a vivid picture of criminality and the perpetrators that currently hold sway in American politics.

If you want to be ahead of the game on the collusion story, This book is a must read!

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  • William Wallwyn
  • 06-12-2018

Informative and enjoyable

I really enjoyed this audiobook.I found it informative but has left me feeling uncomfortable with what the future of the USA could be under their existing leader Trump. Very well read too.

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  • My Learned Friend
  • 06-12-2018

Absolute tour de force - compelling

Superb work. I was relatively convinced of the Trump Russia collusion conspiracy until I read Seth's book. Now I am 100% certain that there was venal collusion and conspiracy, as well as countless frauds and obstructions of justice.

Painstakingly researched and curated, but then brought to life with compelling yet restrained prose.

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  • Peter Johnston
  • 30-11-2018

Essential reading.

A superb encyclopaedic review of the current state of public knowledge on Trump's Russia connections. Abramson does a masterful job of drawing the disparate pieces of this immensely complex jigsaw puzzle together into a coherent whole.