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The Laundromat

Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite
Written by: Jake Bernstein
Narrated by: Jake Bernstein
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
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Now a major motion picture, The Laundromat from Director Steven Soderbergh, starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas.

The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jake Bernstein takes us inside the world revealed by the Panama Papers - illicit money, political corruption and fraud on a global scale.

A hidden circulatory system flows beneath the surface of global finance, carrying trillions of dollars from drug trafficking, tax evasion, bribery and other illegal enterprises. This network masks the identities of the individuals who benefit, aided by bankers, lawyers and auditors who get paid to look the other way. 

In The Laundromat, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Jake Bernstein explores this shadow economy and how it evolved, drawing on millions of leaked documents from the files of the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca - a trove now known as the Panama Papers - as well as other journalistic and government investigations. Bernstein shows how shell companies operate, how they allow the superwealthy and celebrities to escape taxes and how they provide cover for illicit activities on a massive scale by crime bosses and corrupt politicians across the globe.

The Laundromat offers a disturbing and sobering view of how the world really works and raises critical questions about financial and legal institutions we may once have trusted.

©2019 Jake Bernstein (P)2019 Random House Audiobooks

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Excellent book.. A must read to understand how the inner workings of layering and money laundering of the wealthy and successful individuals whom you respect for their success.. just to realise their shallowness... once you're wealthy you are a part of a network who will teach you treacherous ways of evading taxes and sharing wealth with family and fellow men.. helps one get such a different perspective of the rich and famous that their sick selfish ways lead you to detest them and in turn help you be more grounded and honest!!

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Dive into the erstwhile secrecy world of Business!

Clear elucidation of Panama Papers - from origin to demise of unworthy practices by corrupt corporates, Buissnesmen & political leaders.

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  • jonathan david ashby
  • 13-05-20

Performance feels like a rant/shouty

The story is really interesting but the narration felt like I was being shouted at the entire way through which is quite exhausting.

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  • James Clarke
  • 29-01-20

Slightly let down by mispronunciation

So many mispronounced words spoil, a little, what is an otherwise great book and performance.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-20

brilliant, intriguing and startling...

amazing book, delving deep into the offshore industry and the secrecy world. This is a must listen!