A Very Expensive Poison

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher: Guardian Faber Publishing
ISBN: 9781783350957
Release Date: 2016-02-11
Genre: True Crime

1 November 2006. Alexander Litvinenko is brazenly poisoned in central London. Twenty two days later he dies, killed from the inside. The poison? Polonium; a rare, lethal and highly radioactive substance. His crime? He had made some powerful enemies in Russia. Based on the best part of a decade's reporting, as well as extensive interviews with those closest to the events (including the murder suspects), and access to trial evidence, Luke Harding's A Very Expensive Poison is the definitive inside story of the life and death of Alexander Litvinenko. Harding traces the journey of the nuclear poison across London, from hotel room to nightclub, assassin to victim; it is a deadly trail that seemingly leads back to the Russian state itself. This is a shocking real-life revenge tragedy with corruption and subterfuge at every turn, and walk-on parts from Russian mafia, the KGB, MI6 agents, dedicated British coppers, Russian dissidents. At the heart of this all is an individual and his family torn apart by a ruthless crime.

Killing for Power and Profit

Author: H. G. Willms
Publisher: Archway Publishing
ISBN: 9781480868762
Release Date: 2018-11-14
Genre: History

King Leopold II of Belgium built palaces, public buildings, castles, and monuments to remember his greatness as a king. People still praise him even though he killed millions of people. The question of accountability is raised, not only in the case of Leopold, but all in power who have caused the death of millions of human beings. The terrible wars of the recent past have all been followed with excuses by those who planned the wars. In this military and political history and commentary, the author--a U.S. Army veteran--covers more than one hundred years leading up to the present day. In addition to Leopold II, he highlights figures such as Otto von Bismarck, the chancellor of Prussia who united Germany; Japanese Emperor Hirohito; Adolf Hitler; President Franklin D. Roosevelt; President Lyndon B. Johnson; and many others. From the rise of colonial empires to World War I and World War II to fighting in Korea, Vietnam, and beyond, we must study the past to determine what we might do better moving forward. Learn the fascinating history of the Western world's major conflicts and gain an appreciation for those who've fought and died in Killing for Power and Profit.

The Lands in Between

Author: Mitchell A. Orenstein
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190936150
Release Date: 2019-04-02
Genre: Political Science

Russia's stealth invasion of Ukraine and its assault on the US elections in 2016 forced a reluctant West to grapple with the effects of hybrid war. While most citizens in the West are new to the problems of election hacking, state-sponsored disinformation campaigns, influence operations by foreign security services, and frozen conflicts, citizens of the frontline states between Russia and the European Union have been dealing with these issues for years. The Lands in Between: Russia vs. the West and the New Politics of Russia's Hybrid War contends that these "lands in between" hold powerful lessons for Western countries. For Western politics is becoming increasingly similar to the lands in between, where hybrid warfare has polarized parties and voters into two camps: those who support a Western vision of liberal democracy and those who support a Russian vision of nationalist authoritarianism. Paradoxically, while politics increasingly boils down to a zero sum "civilizational choice" between Russia and the West, those who rise to the pinnacle of the political system in the lands in between are often non-ideological power brokers who have found a way to profit from both sides, taking rewards from both Russia and the West. Increasingly, the political pathologies of these small, vulnerable, and backwards states in Europe are our problems too. In this deepening conflict, we are all lands in between.

Mafia State

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780852652473
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Crime

In 2007 Luke Harding arrived in Moscow to take up a new job as a correspondent for the British newspaper the Guardian. Within months, mysterious agents from Russia's Federal Security Service - the successor to the KGB - had broken into his flat. He found himself tailed by men in cheap leather jackets, bugged, and even summoned to Lefortovo, the KGB's notorious prison. The break-in was the beginning of an extraordinary psychological war against the journalist and his family. Vladimir Putin's spies used tactics developed by the KGB and perfected in the 1970s by the Stasi, East Germany's sinister secret police. This clandestine campaign burst into the open in 2011 when the Kremlin expelled Harding from Moscow - the first western reporter to be deported from Russia since the days of the Cold War. Mafia State: How one reporter became an enemy of the brutal new Russia is a brilliant and haunting account of the insidious methods used by a resurgent Kremlin against its so-called "enemies" - human rights workers, western diplomats, journalists and opposition activists. It includes unpublished material from confidential US diplomatic cables, released last year by WikiLeaks, which describe Russia as a "virtual mafia state". Harding gives a unique, personal and compelling portrait of today's Russia, two decades after the end of communism, that reads like a spy thriller.

WW II Photo Book Century of Unforgettable War VOL 2

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher:
ISBN: 1546888950
Release Date: 2017-06-21
Genre:

This Photo Book Show Dramatic Tapestry Of The Wartime. Hundreds of images capture fateful moments of triumph and defeat that defined the era, including rare photographs and artifacts, many never-before-seen from private collections that are placed in context with more famous photographs from the period.From 1939 to 1945 Since the World War II Start until End. This Book collect all picture during the WWII in series of 10 books. This book spreads feature collections of uniforms, weapons, and other equipment. Maps, timelines, and side panels offer an inviting variety of entry point to the huge wealth of information.

WikiLeaks

Author: David Leigh
Publisher: PublicAffairs
ISBN: 9781610390620
Release Date: 2011-02-08
Genre: Political Science

A team of journalists with unparalleled inside access provides the first full, in-depth account of WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange, and the ethical, legal, and political controversies it has both uncovered and provoked.

50 Things We All Take Too Seriously

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher: Austin MacAuley
ISBN: 1528900200
Release Date: 2018-05-31
Genre: Self-Help

Do you find yourself stressing out each and every day? Does it seem like it's one thing after another? Do you wish things could seem a bit easier and lighter? Well, look no further! 50 things We All Take Too Seriously will take you on a journey of relief. As you read, you will begin to realise how we make things seem a lot more stressful than they actually are. To put it bluntly, we are all guilty of TAKING THINGS TOO SERIOUSLY! This book will allow you to change the way you perceive stressful situations to make them 'not so stressful' after all. If you are looking for a fun, light-hearted, yet thought-provoking read, then this is the book for you.

Collusion

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780525520931
Release Date: 2017-11-16
Genre: Political Science

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “[Collusion] is invaluable in collating the overwhelming evidence of a web of relationships between the Kremlin, Trump and members of Trump’s circle.” —Michelle Goldberg, The New York Times An explosive exposé that lays out the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow, and Russia’s decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy. December 2016. Luke Harding, the Guardian reporter and former Moscow bureau chief, quietly meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele in a London pub to discuss President-elect Donald Trump’s Russia connections. A month later, Steele’s now-famous dossier sparks what may be the biggest scandal of the modern era. The names of the Americans involved are well-known—Paul Manafort, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, George Papadopoulos, Carter Page—but here Harding also shines a light on powerful Russian figures like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have been coming from the highest echelons of the Kremlin. Drawing on new material and his expert understanding of Moscow and its players, Harding takes the reader through every bizarre and disquieting detail of the “Trump-Russia” story—an event so huge it involves international espionage, off-shore banks, sketchy real estate deals, the Miss Universe pageant, mobsters, money laundering, poisoned dissidents, computer hacking, and the most shocking election in American history.

The End of History Not

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780525566410
Release Date: 2018-10-02
Genre: Political Science

In December 2016, the Guardian reporter and former Moscow bureau chief Luke Harding, quietly met Christopher Steele, who’s infamous dossier sparked one of the most sensational scandals to rock modern political and the biggest threats to the Trump campaign and presidency. In the explosive first pages of the #1 New York Times bestseller Collusion, Harding chronicles Steele’s incredible background as an MI6 officer on the Moscow desk and the secret sources behind one the most incendiary and devastating reports in American and Russian political history. A Vintage Shorts Selection. An ebook short.

The Liar

Author: Luke Harding
Publisher: Fourth Estate
ISBN: 1841152439
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Great Britain

An update on Jonathan Aitken, forced to resign from the Cabinet after being accused by Guardian journalists of abusing his position. This account covers the subsequent court battle, which he lost, and further, his sentence in June 1999 for perjury and attempting to pervert the course of justice.