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Luke Harding in Conversation

Luke Harding in Conversation

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Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and How Russia is Reshaping our Politics is a gripping investigation into how Russia’s spies helped elect Donald Trump, backed Brexit and threaten the very basis of Western democracy.

In this book, Luke Harding charts the assault on the West, including fake news, cyber intrusions, and the poisoning of our politics through dirty money.

No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive mini-bomb in London. The Kremlin has done both. More often than not its operatives come in disguise. They pose as tourists, journalists, businessmen. Shadow State is about those spies and the way Russia has used them to wage an increasingly bold war, in the UK and beyond.

Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with The Guardian. He has reported from Delhi, Berlin and Moscow and has also covered wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Libya and Syria. Between 2007 and 2011 he was The Guardian's Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of Mafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War.

Luke Harding is one of the best reporters in the world.
- Robert Saviano

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