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 two-time 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.

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 scaleby 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.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250126689
Branch Call Number: 364.168 Ber
Characteristics: x, 335 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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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?

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.

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:

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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