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"If you want to know why international crooks and their eminently respectable financial advisors walk tall and only the little people pay taxes, this is the ideal book for you. Every politician and moneyman on the planet should read it, but they won't because it's actually about them." John le Carré, author of A Legacy of Spies
An investigative journalist's deep dive into the corrupt workings of the world's kleptocrats.
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 Moneylandthe 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.
|Publisher:||St. Martin''s Publishing Group|
|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
Notes on Sources 275