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City Pages Review: The legacy of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin's bizarre bond

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25.08.2021

Since the curtains came down on 2019, many of us have spent more time inside our homes than we had ever imagined. The pandemic has thrown up political and social change rarely seen in peacetime, but living through and talking about Covid has consumed incredible amounts of oxygen, often to the exclusion of other worthy issues.

In a series of reviews released this week, CityAM columnists have handpicked books to help make sense of our lives outside of our living room.

Shadow State by Luke Harding

Review by Sascha O’Sullivan

The pandemic has overshadowed some of the most electrifying news stories of the last year. Out of sheer exhaustion, many people gave up trying to understand the bizarre realities of Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin. After the riots at the Capitol in the wake of Joe Biden’s election, the sheer relief that the turbulence of the Trump administration was over meant many of the scandalous allegations of his Presidency were consigned to history before their time.

The updated edition of Shadow State by the former Guardian Moscow correspondent, Luke Harding provides a re-examination of the complicated dynamics between........

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