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Kleptopia

Category: Business & Financial Books
ISBN:   9780008308353
Publisher:  HarperCollins Publishers
On sale: October 2020
List price: R330
Format: Paperback
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Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World


Tom Burgis


‘When you pick this book up, you won’t be able to put it down’ Misha Glenny, author of McMafia

‘The architects of our national security would do well to bring to their meetings a well-thumbed copy of Kleptopia … Incendiary’
Edward Lucas, The Times

In this real-life thriller packed with jaw-dropping revelations, award-winning investigative journalist Tom Burgis reveals a terrifying global web of corruption.

Kleptopia follows the dirty money that is flooding the global economy, emboldening dictators and poisoning democracies. From the Kremlin to Beijing, Harare to Riyadh, Paris to the Trump White House, it shows how the thieves are uniting – and the terrible human cost.

A body in a burned-out Audi. Workers riddled with bullets in the Kazakh desert. A rigged election in Zimbabwe. A British banker silenced and humiliated for trying to expose the truth about the City of London – the world’s piggy bank for blood money.

Riveting, horrifying and written like fiction, this book shows that while we are looking the other way, all that we hold most dear is being stolen.


Tom Burgis is an investigations correspondent at the Financial Times. He has reported from more than forty countries, won major journalism awards in the US and Asia and been shortlisted for eight others, including twice at the British Press Awards. His critically acclaimed book The Looting Machine, about the modern plundering of Africa, won an Overseas Press Club of America award.

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