This investigative book shows how dirty money has conquered the City, says Simon Nixon
There has been no shortage of recent books chronicling the explosion of global financial crime that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. Kleptopia is an unusual addition to the genre. Although a meticulously reported piece of investigative journalism, it is written in the style of a fast-paced thriller. The action shifts from Kazakhstan to Moscow to London and New York, via Congo and Zimbabwe. The cast includes Russian mafia bosses, Kazakh oligarchs, African dictators, British lawyers and even a dodgy American property developer called Donald Trump. It is a page-turner that lifts the lid on the murky world in which power is turned into money and money into power.
The Times by Simon Nixon