Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite



A hidden circulatory system flows beneath the surface of global finance, carrying trillions of dollars from drug trafficking, tax evasion, bribery and other illegal enterprises. This network masks the identities of the individuals who benefit from these activities, aided by bankers, lawyers and auditors who get paid to look the other way.

In "Secrecy World,' the Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein explores this shadow economy and how it evolved, drawing on millions of leaked documents from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca ― a trove now known as the Panama Papers ― as well as other journalistic and government investigations. Bernstein shows how shell companies operate, how they allow the superwealthy and celebrities to escape taxes, and how they provide cover for illicit activities on a massive scale by crime bosses and corrupt politicians across the globe.

Bernstein traveled to the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and within the United States to uncover how these strands fit together ― who is involved, how they operate and the real-world impact. He recounts how Mossack Fonseca was exposed and what lies ahead for the corporations, banks, law firms, individuals and governments that are implicated.

"Secrecy World" offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises critical questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.

Product Details

Hardcover, 352 Pages
Henry Holt and Co.

Table of Contents:


1 Nazis and Radical Priests

2 Tropical Paradises

3 Name of the Game

4 Rise of the Global Banksters

5 How to Beat the Game

6 Full Speed

7 The North Star

8 The Art of Secrecy

9 The Vikings Lose Their Ferraris

10 Coming the Monster

11 Journalistic Firepower

12 Profitable Princelings

13 Follow the Leaks

14 Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind

15 Fortune Favors the Bold

16 Collaboration Triumphs

17 Wave Breaks

18 The Secrecy World Enters the White House