Secrecy World

Secrecy World

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

Book - 2017 | First edition
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale. Jake Bernstein offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises crucial questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250126689
1250126681
Branch Call Number: 364.168 B4584S 2017
Characteristics: x, 335 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm

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ktkdouglascounty
Jun 20, 2018

Don't be fooled. While this book offers a lot of details about shady dealings, it was written by an ultra left wing zealot. Thus, the expected political spin shown is of no surprise. Author is obviously a never-Trumper, an adorer of Obama and all that the Left and its liberal agenda pushes.
It would not have been so bad except for Chapter 17 where it unfairly criticized Trump, with little or no supporting back up, while it ignored or glossed over all of the Obama era scandals.
Too bad these libs think everyone is stupid. When will the left-wing liberal media, and all of its die hard followers-like this author, ever realize that their blind, lefty spin is so apparent?

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fpm
Feb 10, 2018

This is an excellent contribution to understanding the scope and effects of corruption on governments around the world. Sadly, this includes our own federal government and certain key states. The author starts strongly showing the origin and early history of the company that fostered many of the schemes used to hide money laundering, criminal activities, and simple tax evasion. Many things are affected - real estate and art used to hide financial transactions, among others. It devolves somewhat into a scattering of many disconnected threads of these activities around the world. Some of these (Russia/Putin) are more compelling than others. Fortunately achieving greater focus as the Panama Papers are leaked to a group of investigative reporters, it becomes quite exciting as the date for public announcements approach. Its final chapter (the Trump administration and its rollback of already weak laws regarding these forms of corrupton) and epilogue are very good.

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StarGladiator
Dec 14, 2017

[UPDATE: After you read what this author suggests or lambasts about WikiLeaks, you might be interested in the following article attacking CorpMediaFakeNews:
https://theintercept.com/2017/12/09/the-u-s-media-yesterday-suffered-its-most-humiliating-debacle-in-ages-now-refuses-all-transparency-over-what-happened/
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I am very uncomfortable with this book. The author writes in a very narrow range, and while he does provide some interesting details, one begins to wonder if there might be an underlying agenda. Please keep in mind that his outfit is funded by Soros, and although the CorpMedia likes to portray Soros as a // liberal \\ where any major financial manipulators are concerned, there are no heroes. [In other words, whether it is the Koch brothers or the Soros family, massive financial manipulation is counterproductive and injurious to the majority.]
Well worth reading for some details provided, and it is topical in the last several chapters regarding Trump, et cetera, but again it portrays Geo. W. Bush negatively [which I agree with], but is laudatory of Obama [which I disagree with: Obama, the Clinton-Rodham family, Schumer and Pelosi and crew performs their corrupt practices in a more stealthier manner, while the r-cons are more blatant about it].
Not on the same superior, epochal level as Nicholas Shaxson's book, Treasure Islands, but worth reading, just be sure to understand that this group is no WikiLeaks, and while I am unfamiliar with Marina Walker Guevara's background, she sure does bear a strong resemblance to members of the Walker-Bush family - - hope I am wrong!?

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