Publication Date: January 26, 2021
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American Kompromat tells the story of the unimaginably corrupt, dissolute, and decadent subculture of the most powerful people in the world and how they have orchestrated, obtained, and used kompromat—Russian for compromising information—as leverage to achieve their political goals.
In the followup to New York Times bestseller House of Trump, House of Putin, American Kompromat will be situated in the context of the Trump-Russia scandal and the new era of hybrid warfare, kleptocrats, and authoritarian right-wing populism. But this time, rather than follow a trail of laundered money, Craig Unger will be reporting on kompromat—the Russian word for compromising information—operations that amassed the dirty little secrets of the richest and most powerful men on earth.
Set in a world of Upper East Side mansions and private Caribbean islands, of gigantic yachts and private jets, American Kompromat will show that something much more sinister and important was taking place than the public could ever imagine—namely, that from Donald Trump to Jeffrey Epstein, kompromat operations documented the darkest secrets of the most powerful people in the world and transformed them into potent weapons.
Unger will explore the nature of the compromising material they obtained, how it was obtained, who was behind it (be they Russians, Israelis, or the new American variety of oligarch), who has had access to the material since it was produced, whether it has been used for blackmail or extortion, and what roles it has played in the Trump-Russia scandal.
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