The Panama Papers: Breaking the Story of How the Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money

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Oneworld Publications, Jun 18, 2016 - History - 352 pages
"With precision and purpose, THE PANAMA PAPERS is what 'Follow the Money' means." —Bob Woodward, The Washington Post

Late one evening, investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels, he then receives documents revealing how the president of Argentina has sequestered millions of dollars of state money for private use. This is just the beginning.

Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in the secret world where complex networks of letterbox companies help the super-rich to hide their money. Faced with the contents of the largest data leak in history, they activate an international network of journalists to follow every possible line of inquiry. Operating in the strictest secrecy for over a year, they uncover cases involving European prime ministers and international dictators, emirs and kings, celebrities and aristocrats. The real-life thriller behind the story of the century, The Panama Papers is an intense, unputdownable account that proves, once and for all, that there exists a small elite living by a different set of rules and blows their secret world wide open.

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User Review  - Paul_S - LibraryThing

Fucking painful to read, not because of style but because of the contents. It's more annoying than reading about it in the news when it was happening because back then we still thought it would have an effect. Now it's purely of educational value. Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

'Reads like a thriller,' meaning it's fast paced, shallow, interesting, uninformative, and atrociously translated. For goodness sake, one just doesn't use the historical present in English! A great project, but a mediocre book. Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Frederik Obermaier and Bastian Obermayer are award-winning investigative journalists at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany’s largest broadsheet. The first people to have access to the Panama papers, they were previously part of the international team of journalists who revealed the Offshore Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks and Swiss Leaks. Frederik and Bastian live in Munich.

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