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About Oliver Bullough
Oliver Bullough is a journalist and author from Wales who writes about financial crime, the former Soviet Union, and offshore skulduggery.
He lives near Hay-on-Wye, and has previously lived in London, Moscow, St Petersburg and Bishkek.
When not working, he likes watching rugby, cooking pizzas, swimming in the river and walking in the hills.
You can find him on twitter at @oliverbullough.
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Named one of the New Yorker's Best Books of 2022
In his forceful follow-up to Moneyland, Oliver Bullough unravels the dark secret of how Britain placed itself at the center of the global offshore economy and at the service of the worst people in the world.
The Suez Crisis of 1956 was the nadir of Britain's twentieth century, the moment when the once-superpower was bullied into retreat. "Great Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role," said Dean Acherson, a former US secretary of state. Acheson's line has entered into the canon of great quotations: but it was wrong. Britain had already found a role. The leaders of the world just hadn't noticed it yet.
Butler to the World reveals how Britain came to assume its role as the center of the offshore economy. Written polemically, but studded with witty references to the butlers of popular fiction, it demonstrates how so many elements of modern Britain have been put at the service of the world's oligarchs.
The Biden administration is putting corruption at the heart of its foreign policy, and that means it needs to confront Britain's role as the foremost enabler of financial crime and ill behavior. This book lays bare how London has deliberately undercut U.S. regulations for decades, and calls into question the extent to which Britain can be considered a reliable ally.
Inc.com 5 Business Thrillers to Read on the Beach This Summer * Amazon Best Book of the Month - Nonfiction * An Economist Book of the Year * The Sunday Times Business Book of the Year
"If you want to know why international crooks and their eminently respectable financial advisors walk tall and only the little people pay taxes, this is the ideal book for you. Every politician and moneyman on the planet should read it, but they won't because it's actually about them." —John le Carré, author of A Legacy of Spies
An investigative journalist's deep dive into the corrupt workings of the world's kleptocrats.
From ruined towns on the edge of Siberia, to Bond-villain lairs in London and Manhattan, something has gone wrong. Kleptocracies, governments run by corrupt leaders that prosper at the expense of their people, are on the rise.
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 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, attacking the foundations of many of the world's most stable countries. 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.
In The Last Man in Russia, award-winning journalist Oliver Bullough uses the tale of a lone priest to give life to this national crisis. Father Dmitry Dudko, a dissident Orthodox Christian, was thrown into a Stalinist labor camp for writing poetry. Undaunted, on his release in the mid-1950s he began to preach to congregations across Russia with little concern for his own safety. At a time when the Soviet government denied its subjects the prospect of advancement, and turned friend against friend and brother against brother, Dudko urged his followers to cling to hope. He maintained a circle of sacred trust at the heart of one of history’s most deceitful systems. But as Bullough reveals, this courageous group of believers was eventually shattered by a terrible act of betrayalone that exposes the full extent of the Communist tragedy. Still, Dudko’s dream endures. Although most Russians have forgotten the man himself, the embers of hope that survived the darkness are once more beginning to burn.
Leading readers from a churchyard in Moscow to the snow-blanketed ghost towns of rural Russia, and from the forgotten graves of Stalin’s victims to a rock festival in an old gulag camp, The Last Man in Russia is at once a travelogue, a sociological study, a biography, and a cri de coeur for a dying nationone that, Bullough shows, might yet be saved.
Two centuries ago, the Russians pushed out of the cold north towards the Caucasus Mountains, the range that blocked their access to Georgia, Turkey, Persia and India. They were forging their colonial destiny, and the mountains were in their way.
The Caucasus had to be conquered and, for the highlanders who lived there, life would never be the same again.
If the Russians expected it to be an easy fight, however, they were mistaken. Their armies would go on to defeat Napoleon and Hitler, as well as lesser foes, but no one resisted them for as long as these supposed savages.
To hear the stories of the conquest, I travelled far from the mountains. I wandered through the steppes of Central Asia and the cities of Turkey. I squatted outside internment camps in Poland, and drank tea beneath the gentle hills of Israel. The stories I heard amplified the outrages I saw in the mountains themselves. As I set out, in my mind was a Chechen woman I had met in a refugee camp. She lived in a ragged, khaki tent in a field of mud and stones, but she welcomed me with laughter and kindness. Like the mountains of her homeland, her spirit had soared upwards, gleaming and pure. Throughout my travels, I met the same generosity from all the Caucasus peoples.
Their stories have not been told, and there fame is not great, but truly it deserves to be.
Vor nicht allzu langer Zeit konnte ein Amtsträger, der sich aus der öffentlichen Kasse bediente, nicht ganz so viel mit seinem Geld anfangen. Er konnte sich ein neues Auto kaufen oder sich ein schönes Haus bauen, es vielleicht noch an Freunde und Familie verschenken, aber das war es im Großen und Ganzen dann auch. Wenn er weiter stehlen würde, würden sich die Geldscheine nur in seinem neuen Haus stapeln, bis alle Zimmer voll wären oder es die Mäuse auffressen würden.
Dann hatten ein paar Banker in London eine geniale Idee …Begleiten Sie den investigativen Journalisten Oliver Bullough auf eine Reise ins »Land des Geldes« – einen grenzenlosen Staat der Superreichen. Erfahren Sie, wie die Institutionen Europas und der USA zu Geldwäscheinstituten wurden, die die Fundamente westlicher Stabilität untergraben. Entdecken Sie die wahren Kosten einer Geschäftspolitik, die weder Korruption noch Gefahr scheut. Treffen Sie die Kleptokraten und ihre schrecklichen Kinder. Und finden Sie heraus, wie heroische Aktivisten sich auf der ganzen Welt zur Wehr setzen.
Dies ist die Geschichte von Geld und Macht im 21. Jahrhundert. Es ist noch nicht zu spät, sie umzuschreiben.
Estos son los hombres que han robado al mundo entero
Hace tiempo, si un funcionario robaba, podía comprarse un coche o construirse una casa nueva, pero eso era todo. Si continuaba robando, el dinero se acumulaba hasta que no quedaba espacio donde ocultarlo o se lo comían los ratones.
Pero, entonces, a un reducido grupo de banqueros londinenses se le ocurrió una gran idea: los paraísos fiscales, lugares imaginarios donde el dinero podía moverse libremente. Esta innovación dio lugar a una ingente cantidad de riquezas ocultas que esquivan las leyes para proteger a sus poderosos dueños.
Oliver Bullough, célebre periodista de investigación, nos acompaña en un viaje por Moneyland, un lugar secreto y sin ley, hogar de los superricos apátridas. Descubre cómo instituciones de Europa y Estados Unidos se han convertido en máquinas de blanqueo de capitales que han debilitado los cimientos de la estabilidad occidental. Identifica a los cleptócratas y conoce a los heroicos activistas que luchan por evitar que estos ladrones controlen el mundo entero.
"Si quieres saber por qué los sinvergüenzas de todo el mundo y sus respetables consejeros financieros caminan con la cabeza bien alta mientras el resto de los mortales pagan impuestos, este es el libro ideal para ti."
John le Carré
You have to go back to the 1980s and Granta's bestselling travel issue to find a book that compares to OxTravels. Introduced by Michael Palin, OxTravels features original stories from twenty-five top travel writers, including Michael Palin, Paul Theroux, Sara Wheeler, William Dalrymple, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Lloyd Jones, Rory Stewart, Jan Morris, Dervla Murphy, Rory MacLean, and others. Each of the stories takes as its theme a meeting - life-changing, affecting, amusing by turn - and together they transport readers into a brilliant, vivid atlas of encounters.
This extraordinary collection is published in aid of Oxfam and all royalties from the book will support Oxfam's work.