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Dark Towers

Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
Narrated by: BJ Harrison
Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
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“In Dark Towers, David Enrich tells the story of how one of the world’s mightiest banks careened off the rails, threatening everything from our financial system to our democracy through its reckless entanglement with Donald Trump. Darkly fascinating and yet all too real, it’s a tale that will keep you up at night.” (John Carreyrou, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author of Bad Blood)

A searing exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, including its shadowy ties to Donald Trump’s business empire.

On a rainy Sunday in 2014, a senior executive at Deutsche Bank was found hanging in his London apartment. Bill Broeksmit had helped build the 150-year-old financial institution into a global colossus, and his sudden death was a mystery, made more so by the bank’s efforts to deter investigation. Broeksmit, it turned out, was a man who knew too much.

In Dark Towers, award-winning journalist David Enrich reveals the truth about Deutsche Bank and its epic path of devastation. Tracing the bank’s history back to its propping up of a default-prone American developer in the 1880s, helping the Nazis build Auschwitz, and wooing Eastern Bloc authoritarians, he shows how in the 1990s, via a succession of hard-charging executives, Deutsche made a fateful decision to pursue Wall Street riches, often at the expense of ethics and the law.

Soon, the bank was manipulating markets, violating international sanctions to aid terrorist regimes, scamming investors, defrauding regulators, and laundering money for Russian oligarchs. Ever desperate for an American foothold, Deutsche also started doing business with a self-promoting real estate magnate nearly every other bank in the world deemed too dangerous to touch: Donald Trump. Over the next 20 years, Deutsche executives loaned billions to Trump, the Kushner family, and an array of scandal-tarred clients, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. 

Dark Towers is the never-before-told saga of how Deutsche Bank became the global face of financial recklessness and criminality - the corporate equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. It is also the story of a man who was consumed by fear of what he’d seen at the bank - and his son’s obsessive search for the secrets he kept. 

©2020 David Enrich (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Think before you vote!

A classic real-life story of deception, greed and lies. Wall Street, hang your heads in shame.

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Fantastic

Great read and would highly recommend Interesting insight into the banking world and the corruption.

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Riveting and devastating

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it gripped me from the start. keeping up with all the players is easier if you've followed any of the last 4 years of Trumps administration. everyone is intertwined in a bank that not only has multiple bankers committing suicide, funded Auschwitz, sent money to Libya, Iran to pay for ammunition following 9/11 but completely devastated Val, Allas and Bill's lives. I hope the FBI are able to put this bank out of business.

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Insight

Excellent book, a great insight into the financial world of Deutsche Bank and it's rise.

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Interesting

Interesting story about how a bank became corrupted by greed. Was hoping for some actual Trump/Russia revelations but nothing more than interesting coincidences.

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A great inside story about global investment banking

A well presented history about DB. First half of the book remains more interesting the the second half given the latter focus on personal tragedies than the bank it self. Never the less, captivating storytelling with interesting angles for a former Deutsche Bank employee.

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Donnie and Val's drug adventures

a lot of interesting things but the end was quite repetitive and boring. the first half was much better

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Incredible Poignant Read

I'm shocked by this books content. Genuinely dismayed by the utter disregard by the behaviour of yet another rogue Bank.

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Great story, just.......

Great story, it's just the narration is pretty poor and annoying............. could have done better getting the author or something better

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  • 30-06-20

Absolute Must hear - a full view of DB!!

sets the recent history of Deutsche Bank in perspective. From Herrhausen killed by the RAF to the Ackermann Regime to the Russians with Trump as the nail to the coffin. DB can not allowed to fail, it would topple Germany and with that the EU. So get used to the financial darkness & evil of unabridged greed of this malign institution indirectly funded by the collapse of the Soviet empire and the rise of Putin's oligarchy.