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Moneyland

Why Thieves and Crooks Now Rule the World and How to Take It Back
Narrated by: Oliver Bullough
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)
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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 super-rich. 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.

©2018 Oliver Bullough (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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"You cannot understand power, wealth and poverty without knowing about Moneyland." (Simon Kuper, New Statesman)  

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Fascinating investigation

You will race through this book. Highly recommended.
Moneyland is a fascinating insight into the murky world of how the super wealthy and super corrupt hide their fortunes.
It will make you furious, not only with the super wealthy, those dictators and kleptocrats, but also the banks, the middlemen, the small islands in the Atlantic, the clandestine Swiss culture, the lawyers and all the other enablers in the chain that make up the cast of this book. As a Londoner, I felt particularly aggrieved at the City's role in the story.

With each chapter, you do feel like your soul is being squeezed a little more with every new tale of the ruthless pursuit of greed, but the author uncovers and explains the processes so elegantly and vividly, that a layperson like me could understand how these tricks are deployed and that at least someone is digging.

Even though the author does a remarkable investigation, you still get the sense that there is so much more out there that is shielded from all attempts to uncover, so I hope a sequel is in the works - hopefully, one where more people end up in prison!

Really well read by the author too.

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Makes you quite angry

It is rather depressing and angry-making hearing how western lawyers and bankers, particularly here in London, help kleptocrats and dictators the world over move and then spend their stolen and extorted cash. How you can buy citizenship from a range of compliant countries, from tiny islands trying to make a buck once cast off into impecunious independence, to paid up members of the EU - or go one better and buy diplomatic immunity by becoming a diplomat of some tin-pot state. The USA made some progress breaking the banking secrecy laws of Switzerland - but then refused to reciprocate with the rest of the world, and now offers tax havens on-shore in the US for non-US citizens. Oliver Bullough is a naturally witty and sunny person, and his writing reflects this joyful personality, somewhat countering what would be a rather sombre subject.

Narration : Bullough reads his own book and is not a professional actor. However, he gives it a jolly good try and his enthusiasm and natural wit carry it off, making the delivery very personal and enjoyable.

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Shocking!

Moneyland is a shocking glimpse into the world of the ostentatious and half-visible super rich. If you don't feel righteous anger after listening to what Mr. Bullough has to say then you're either thick or in on the scam. I expected a dry, technical report but instead got a fast-paced and hard-hitting account of a complex global phenomenon which underlies many of the problems the average person in society faces today. This is something we need to deal with immediately. I thoroughly recommend this audio book.

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Interesting read but didn’t find it all that clear at times

Great book but will require another look as some things were explained a little too briefly for me

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excellent, informative and concerning.

worrying insight into how the world is controlled and by whom. For the super wealthy, there are no borders and no rules. steal, hide and spend is readily available

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