Guardian Faber is to publish Collusion, a "gripping, alarming exposé" about the "biggest political scandal of the modern era" in which journalist Luke Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia.
In December 2016 Harding met with former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, "FAKE NEWS".
Drawing on exclusive new material and key sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an "astonishing" story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself. Collusion is up-to-date to the minute, including last week’s indictment of campaign manager, Paul Manafort, which "threatens to engulf Trump’s administration", said the publisher.
Guardian Faber editorial director Laura Hassan bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House from David Godwin Associates. The book is being published simultaneously on 16th November in 10 countries.
Hassan said: 'Harding's book is the first to unravel the truth of the Steele dossier and it is a zippy, riveting, up-to-the-minute overview of the momentous events of the past year. This this an invaluable read for anyone seeking to understand the Trump-Russia scandal.'
Harding added: "The key to the Trump-Russia story is being able to follow the money, see what deals were made when and by whom, and what relationships were being cultivated and why. And to see the astonishing events of 2016 in a tradition of Soviet and Russian espionage."
Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian's Moscow bureau chief but was expelled from the country by the Kremlin in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia's War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, Mafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (all Guardian Faber). Two of Harding's books have been made into films: "The Fifth Estate" and "Snowden".