American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World's Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History

American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World's Greatest Money Laundering Scheme in History

by Casey Michel

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Overview

A remarkable debut by one of America's premier young reporters on financial corruption, Casey Michel's American Kleptocracy offers an explosive investigation into how the United States of America built the largest illicit offshore finance system the world has ever known.

"An indefatigable young American journalist who has virtually cornered the international kleptocracy beat on the US end of the black aquifer."
The Los Angeles Review of Books

For years, one country has acted as the greatest offshore haven in the world, attracting hundreds of billions of dollars in illicit finance tied directly to corrupt regimes, extremist networks, and the worst the world has to offer. But it hasn’t been the sand-splattered Caribbean islands, or even traditional financial secrecy havens like Switzerland or Panama, that have come to dominate the offshoring world. Instead, the country profiting the most also happens to be the one that still claims to be the moral leader of the free world, and the one that claims to be leading the fight against the crooked and the corrupt: the USA.

American Kleptocracy examines just how the United States’ implosion into a center of global offshoring took place: how states like Delaware and Nevada perfected the art of the anonymous shell company, and how post-9/11 reformers watched their success usher in a new flood of illicit finance directly into the U.S.; how African despots and post-Soviet oligarchs came to dominate American coastlines, American industries, and entire cities and small towns across the American Midwest; how Nazi-era lobbyists birthed an entire industry of spin-men whitewashing trans-national crooks and despots, and how dirty money has now begun infiltrating America's universities and think tanks and cultural centers; and how those on the front-line are trying to restore America's legacy of anti-corruption leadership—and finally end this reign of American kleptocracy.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250274526
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/23/2021
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 83,656
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Casey Michel is a writer and journalist based in New York City. His writings on offshoring, kleptocracy, and financial secrecy have appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Vox, The New Republic, and POLITICO Magazine, among others. He is an Adjunct Fellow for the Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative, and has contributed research pertaining to offshoring, illicit finance, and foreign interference to the German Marshall Fund, the Human Rights Foundation, and others. He received his Master’s degree in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Kazakhstan. American Kleptocracy is his first book.

Table of Contents

Prologue: “Too Big to See”


Part I: Stationary Bandits

1. The Sole Miracle
2. Why Not Do as the Americans Do?
3. Control Everything, Own Nothing
4. Neck Deep
5. Slap in the Face

Part II: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous


6. Scooping Caviar with a Shovel
7. Mensa-Certified Genius
8. Fish Physician
9. United States vs. Thriller Jacket

Part III: American Warlords


10. Not a Gambino
11. The Wild West
12. A Gaping Hole
13. Fucking Cursed

Part IV: United States of Anonymity


14. Gelatinous Madman
15. Corruption in the Flesh
16. Open Season
17. American Kleptocracies

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