Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World

Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World

by Oliver Bullough


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"The most eye-opening book that you'll read all year... A must read for anyone who wants to understand how the real world of wealth works." —Inc.

From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in London and Manhattan, something has gone wrong. Kleptocracies, governments run by corrupt leaders that prosper at the expense of their people, are on the rise.

Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasn't much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice.

And then some bankers had a bright idea.

Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland—the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich.

Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, attacking the foundations of many of the world's most stable countries. Meet the kleptocrats. Meet their awful children. And find out how heroic activists around the world are fighting back.

This is the story of wealth and power in the 21st century. It isn't too late to change it.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250208705
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 600,714
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

OLIVER BULLOUGH is the author of non-fiction books on Russian history and politics: The Last Man in Russia, and Let Our Fame Be Great, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in the UK and won the Cornelius Ryan in the US. Bullough is a writer for the Guardian, and his work has been published by British GQ, The New York Times, and the BBC. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

1 Aladdin's Cave 1

2 Pirates 28

3 Queen of the Caribbees 49

4 Sex, Lies and Offshore Vehicles 64

5 Mystery on Harley Street 72

6 Shell Games 83

7 Cancer 101

8 Nasty as a Rattlesnake 115

9 The Man Who Sells Passports 131

10 "Diplomatic Immunity!" 153

11 Un-write-about-able 161

12 Dark Matter 176

13 "Nuclear Death Is Knocking Your Door" 191

14 Say Yes to the Money 204

15 High-End Property 211

16 Plutos Like to Hang Out Together 225

17 Breaking Switzerland 233

18 Tax Haven USA 244

19 Standing Up to Moneyland 258

Acknowledgements 273

Notes on Sources 275

Index 287

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