Kleptopia by Tom Burgis review — exposing a global web of corruption

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

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