Murder, Mayhem, and Russia's Remaking of the West

Luke Harding

336 pages June 2020 Politics

No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive mini-bomb in England. The Kremlin has done both. 

Its operatives come in disguise. They pose as tourists, journalists and businessmen. Utterly ruthless, sometimes bungling and always ambitious, they roam from Salisbury to Helsinki, Ukraine to the Central African Republic, London to Washington. Shadow State is a riveting and utterly alarming investigation into those spies and the way Russia has used them to wage an increasingly bold war in America and beyond.

Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Luke Harding charts Moscow’s methods including fake news, cyber intrusions, and the poisoning of our politics through dirty money. He shows how Vladimir Putin helped elect Donald Trump, backed Britain’s Brexit and now threatens the very basis of US democracy, as Russian-style corruption takes root in the White House.

This is an essential read for anyone who wants to understand how our world came to be so chaotic and divided. 


Praise for Luke Harding and the New York Times bestseller Collusion:

“Luke Harding is one of the best reporters in the world.

-Roberto Saviano


superb piece of work, wonderfully done and essential reading for anyone who cares for his country”

-John Le Carré

Collusion is so essential and … I wish everyone who is skeptical that Russia has leverage over Trump would read it … Invaluable”

– The New York Times

“Harding at his best. He has sleuthed the Russia-Trump connections with exceptional skill.”

– Professor Robert Service, University of Oxford