Secrecy World

By Jake Bernstein

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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

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ISBN 978-1250126689
Publisher Henry Holt and Co.
Published COPYRIGHT 2017
Pages 352

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Nazis and Radical Priests
Chapter 2 Tropical Paradises
Chapter 3 Name of the Game
Chapter 4 Rise of the Global Banksters
Chapter 5 How to Beat the Game
Chapter 6 Full Speed
Chapter 7 The North Star
Chapter 8 The Art of Secrecy
Chapter 9 The Vikings Lose Their Ferraris
Chapter 10 Coming the Monster
Chapter 11 Journalistic Firepower
Chapter 12 Profitable Princelings
Chapter 13 Follow the Leaks
Chapter 14 Trouble Ahead, Trouble Behind
Chapter 15 Fortune Favors the Bold
Chapter 16 Collaboration Triumphs
Chapter 17 Wave Breaks
Chapter 18 The Secrecy World Enters the White House

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