Moneyland: Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It BackDe (autor) Oliver Bullough
en Limba Engleză Carte Hardback – 06 Sep 2018
From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world. 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 in London 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, undermining the foundations of Western stability. Discover the true cost of being open for business no matter how corrupt and dangerous the customer. 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.
Oliver Bullough is the author of two non-fiction books about Russian history and politics: The Last Man in Russia (Allen Lane, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Dolman Prize, and Let Our Fame Be Great (Allen Lane, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in the UK and won the Cornelius Ryan in the US. His journalism appears regularly in the Guardian, the New York Times and GQ.
Corruption undermines democracy, weakens institutions and erodes trust, it destroys lives and impoverishes millions. Moneyland starts from that truth and tells London's part of that story. Bullough's book is an important challenge to our government, banks, law firms and professional services companies for their role in tolerating and sometimes facilitating a system that robs the poorest and today even threatens our own country's security. This important book shows clearly that foreign policy isn't about foreigners, it's about us.
A concise, confident book ... pacy, clever and entertaining ... if you still have any illusions about the wonders of liberated capitalism, Moneyland will probably cure you.
Eye-opening and essential ... Bullough has provided a model for how to tell a gripping and comprehensible story about a complex and crucial subject. You cannot understand power, wealth and poverty without knowing about Moneyland.
There are few people who know the world of illicit finance and money laundering like Oliver Bullough. He takes us on a journey through the maze of complicity and criminality that will upend all your confidence in the institutions that should be protecting us.
A great guide to a country you can't afford to visit but which is all around you
This is meticulously researched and engagingly told, and reveals the horror and scale of dirty money flowing around the world. The central role played by the UK and jurisdictions associated with the British family mean that every person concerned about corruption and fairness in the UK should read this book - and then campaign and act.
Unputdownable. Funny, tragic and explains the world. I hope it helps change it, too.
Jaw-dropping and deeply unsettling. Oliver Bullough provides a sobering and brilliant account of how piracy on an epic-scale is alive and well in the 21st century. A must-read. Simple as that.
A biting indictment of an unfair and damaging system
Bullough couldn't be a better guide through this strange world. Fuelled by his impeccable research, he expertly follows the trail of breadcrumbs left behind as money moves from one jurisdiction to another ... The stories he tells along the way paint a picture of a broken system.
It is a riveting read and an exhilarating, dizzying world tour of the Aladdin's cave of riches held by the biggest beneficiaries of secretive mobile money: the greatest crooks
Praise for Let Our Fame Be Great:With this impassioned volume [Bullough] has struck a blow for the glory of the Caucasus and helped to give a voice to the voiceless.
Praise for The Last Man in Russia:The Last Man in Russia might be compared to Colin Thubron's Among the Russians - perhaps the last book in English to come so close to pinning down the Russianness of Russia.
A darkly fascinating ride.
A must-read not only for business people but for anyone interested in making sense of a very foreign world: the kleptokrats, tax havens, shell corporations, extreme corruption ... highly readable, thoroughly researched, though-provoking and somehow both scary and humorous at the same time.