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Shadow State by Luke Harding

Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and Russia's Remaking of the West

Luke Harding

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Imprint: Guardian Faber Publishing
Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
Publication date: 2 Jul 2020
ISBN: 9781783352050

Shadow State is a gripping investigative account of how Russia's spies helped elect Donald Trump, backed Brexit, murdered enemies and threatened the very basis of western democracy. The operatives come in disguise.

4 stars out of 5
Stuart Kelly
27 Jun 2020

"Harding’s book poses a fearful dilemma. "

Prigozhin exemplifies the problem Western agencies have with Russia at the moment. In the good old bad old days, at least it was about ideology: state-controlled Communism vs free-market capitalism. Those binaries have crumbled more than the Berlin Wall. Harding’s book poses a fearful dilemma. It is said that not even the greatest chess grandmaster can always win a game against someone who doesn’t know the rules and is just random. Chaos is what is wanted. And, on the basis of this excellent book, there are fissures for chaos to seethe in everywhere. Nobody with an IQ of over 35 can think that Trump is a deep political thinker. The fact that he was played so brilliantly by Putin is terrifying.