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IE Insights: What are the Top 10 Books on Corruption, Kleptocracy, and Illicit Financing?

May 2023
  1. Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World by Tom Burgis: Investigates how a new class of kleptocrats have seized power and used it to build a global system of corruption.
  2. The Looting Machine: Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa’s Wealth by Tom Burgis: Reveals the dark truth about the global trading system and the exploitation of Africa’s resources.
  3. The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money by Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer: The story of the leak of the Panama Papers, which revealed a global network of tax evasion and money laundering.
  4. Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite by Jake Bernstein: Provides a riveting account of the investigative reporting behind the Panama Papers.
  5. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder: Browder’s journey exposes corruption in Russia and becomes a real-life political thriller.
  6. Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World by Oliver Bullough: Chronicles the world of the lawless, stateless superrich.
  7. Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope: Chronicles the audacious financial exploits of Jho Low, a Malaysian financier, who allegedly siphoned off billions from a government fund in a scandal known as 1MDB.
  8. Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security by Sarah Chayes: Demonstrates why and how corruption endangers global security.
  9. Gangster Warlords: Drug Dollars, Killing Fields, and the New Politics of Latin America by Ioan Grillo: Analyzes the multi-billion dollar economies of drug trafficking and corruption in the Americas.
  10. The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina: The book explores the vast, lawless waters of the high seas and the lives of the people who exploit, defend, and depend on them.