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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (5 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8129124785
  • ISBN-13: 978-8129124784
  • ASIN: 0099541726
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Phil O'Sofa on 7 Oct 2012
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Despite the lurid cover and the tabloid-style blurbs written entirely in shouting upper-case text, this turns out to be a fascinating and important book, full of well-researched information, which for the most part the author presents in a straightforward style.

Occasionally he goes a bit overboard with dramatic effect, and inevitably with this kind of book there is a fair bit of repetition of points, but generally I found this well written and all too believable. The message, in a nutshell, is that the financial interests of a very rich, very small minority, mostly bankers based in the City and in Wall Street, have fixed things so they grab more and more of the world's wealth, while the rest of us get less and less.
They do this by putting their business and their money in offshore tax havens, sometimes legally and sometimes not, and often on some fuzzy ground in between. It is tolerated by governments because those governments are often the same people, or very close to them.

I know enough about the subject to know that, although some of it might seem hard to believe, the author is presenting us with facts that for the most part can't be disputed. This massive transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich, or more accurately the middle classes to the very rich, is a global scandal, and has reached these proportions only because it all goes on outside the jurisdiction of true democracy. Everyone should read this book and at least see what is going on here, because it affects us all.
It's just a pity the publishers gave it such a dumb cover (TAX HAVENS AND THE MEN WHO STOLE THE WORLD!!!!). Just ignore the hype and get to the story.
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59 of 62 people found the following review helpful By C. Miller on 10 April 2012
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This is a well written and deeply informative book. the trouble is it will also upset you as you read it with an increasing sense of anger that this is allowed and encouraged. Of course Amazon is also a well known culprit of offshore practices (e.g. Luxembourg) so I will not be buying anything from them again. So please get this book, but not from Amazon unless you have a sense of irony.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michaeloso on 2 Oct 2012
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If anyone thought that the very rich had some semblance of altruism. Read this and be corrected. There is enough money stored in offshore locations to make the world a much better place but the money sits in secret accounts doing nothing and this book spells it out.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Help on 16 Jan 2013
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I guess Amazon themselves must have read this more as a guide to tax management rather than the brilliant critique of modern international taxation that it is.

As a reminder, Amazon, made sales of £2.9 billion in the UK last year. But because all Amazon UK book sales are routed through its Luxembourg subsidiary, it does not pay any UK corporation tax on the profits from those sales.

Buy this book. But from your local bookshop, eh?

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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. C. Edwards on 24 Jan 2011
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Nicholas Shaxon has written an excellent, well referenced , substantive book on how the money system works. Governments collude with financiers, and business interests, to make and take easy options for the benefit of the wealthy. The book is truly a revelation, and does much to explain how the sub prime crisis in the US morphed inexorably as institutions wrapped their packages in ever more complex instruments, built on an avalanche of cheap money. Shocking, un-putdownable, a brilliant piece of writing. Every Economics student should read this book. It should be mandatory for all Bankers and Financial Investment people to read and understand the immorality of their profession.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Shawn A. Vader on 24 Aug 2013
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This has to probably be the best audio book I have ever listened to.
The narration is first class and should be used as a guide for other books on how to read a book.
Not only is it a good explanation of how offshore started and how it's got to where it is today but it tells it in a way which makes it easy to visualise and keeps you wanting to know more. I enjoyed getting all the historical background to how each of the countries fell into offshore and the players which made it happen. Fascinating.

One word of warning, I got halfway through reading the book and I had to put it down because I was getting so pissed off with the world and the way it works so expect to get a bit annoyed from time to time.
It didn't take long to pick it up again as its better to be informed than not.

My best audio book to date.
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48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By smudge on 12 Jan 2011
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Shocking (the subject matter not the book itself!). Page after page of information about people cheating the system (forget small-fry benefit fraudsters here). Well written and informative and a book to make your teeth gnash.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Half Man, Half Book on 7 Oct 2012
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A detailed but readable book on the shadowy world of tax havens. Very scary stuff! The chapter about the City of London is a big eye opener
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