Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump

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"When he opened the FBI investigation into Russia's election interference, Peter Strzok had already spent more than two decades defending the United States against foreign threats. His career in counterintelligence ended shortly thereafter, when the Trump administration used his private expression of political opinions to force him out of the Bureau in August 2018. But by that time, Strzok had seen more than enough to convince him that the commander in chief had fallen under the sway of America's adversary in the Kremlin. In Compromised, Strzok draws on lessons from a long career--from his role in the Russian illegals case that inspired The Americans to his service as lead FBI agent on the Mueller investigation--to construct a devastating account of foreign influence at the highest levels of our government. And he grapples with a question that should concern every U.S. citizen: When a president appears to favor personal and Russian interests over those of our nation, has he become a national security threat?" -- Publisher annotation.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780358237068
Branch Call Number: 973.933/STRZOK
Characteristics: xxxii, 350 pages ; 24 cm


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Dec 30, 2020

I followed Mr. Strzok's story when it broke in the media and while I thought he and Lisa Page had been stupid using their work phones I completely agreed with their sentiments.

This IS a non-fiction, autobiographical book so I wasn't expecting a major page turner. Strzok would make an excellent teacher because he tells his readers what occurred, gives understandable examples and explains what terms and actions mean to the lay person. I worked in local law enforcement and we had occasional contact with the feds, but not to any great extent. It was just enough to be curious about what else they do and why and Strzok takes his into those explanations. While he has every reason to be angry, none of that emotion comes out as he tells the story of his history with the FBI, his background and concerns about the Trump presidency. He tells a factual story, disclosing as much as ethically and legally possible.

Parts are a dry read....but many autobiographies are. But those dry points are in between interesting facts.

Nov 06, 2020

This is not a book of "light reading". It covers some serious subjects about problems with the current administration and the Russian interference in our election. If nothing else, any reader should appreciate the professionalism and dedication of our FBI. I'm speaking of the regular people--not the politically appointed people. We need good people like we have there to help protect us "from enemies, foreign and domestic".

Sep 24, 2020

Yes, this book is about the Trump administration and the author's belief that Current Occupant is either wittingly or unwittingly compromised by the Russians. That part is very interesting (and credible in my opinion), and pretty convincing. But the first few chapters on how the FBI works and the author's experience with the case that inspired the TV show, The Americans, is fascinating. Now reading Rage-- wow.


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