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Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 368
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics


Why Thieves And Crooks Now Rule The World And How To Take It Back

Oliver Bullough

Why thieves now rule the world - and how to take it back

Hardback(Preorder only)
9781781257920 (Published 6 Sep 2018)

About the book

From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in Knightsbridge and Manhattan, something has gone wrong with the workings of the world.

Once upon a time, if an official stole money, there wasn't much he could do with it. He could buy himself a new car or build himself a nice house or give it to his friends and family, but that was about it. If he kept stealing, the money would just pile up in his house until he had no rooms left to put it in, or it was eaten by mice.

And then some bankers in London had a bright idea.

Join the investigative journalist Oliver Bullough on a journey into Moneyland - the secret country of the lawless, stateless superrich.

Learn how the institutions of Europe and the United States have become money-laundering operations, undermining the foundations of Western stability. Discover the true cost of being open for business no matter how corrupt and dangerous the customer. Meet the kleptocrats. Meet their awful children. And find out how heroic activists around the world are fighting back.

This is the story of wealth and power in the 21st century. It isn't too late to change it.

About the author

Oliver Bullough is the author of two non-fiction books about Russian history and politics: The Last Man in Russia (Allen Lane, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Dolman Prize, and Let Our Fame Be Great (Allen Lane, 2010), which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in the UK and won the Cornelius Ryan in the US. His journalism appears regularly in the Guardian, the New York Times and GQ.


This is the single most important issue at the moment, the one that brings the other ones (inequality, corruption, authoritarianism, disinformation) together. If there is ever to be a global democratic renewal process, it should be through this question.

- Peter Pomerantsev, author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible

Praise for Let Our Fame Be Great:With this impassioned volume [Bullough] has struck a blow for the glory of the Caucasus and helped to give a voice to the voiceless.

- Justin Marozzi, The Financial Times

Praise for The Last Man in Russia:
The Last Man in Russia might be compared to Colin Thubron's Among the Russians - perhaps the last book in English to come so close to pinning down the Russianness of Russia.

- Mary Dejevsky, The Independent

The Last Man in Russia is distinguished by the excellence of its writing and its lucid, unsparing gaze.

- The Daily Telegraph

Additional Information

Imprint: Profile Books
Pages: 368
Subject: Current Affairs, Politics & Economics