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Treasure Islands Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole The World Nicholas Shaxson 2012 pdf :: The Progressive Torrents Community
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Treasure Islands Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole The World Nicholas Shaxson 2012 pdf


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*The rampant practices that precipitated the latest financial crisis
can be traced back to Wall Streets offshoring practices
*For every dollar of aid we send to developing countries, ten dollars
leave again by the backdoor
The offshore system sits much closer to home than the pristine tropical
islands of the popular imagination. In fact, it all starts on a tiny
island called Manhattan. In this fast paced
narrative,Treasure Islands at last explains how the system works and
how its contributing to our ever deepening economic divide.


This book is a vigorous and well researched polemic against financial
deregulation… (Richard Cooper, Foreign Affairs)
Shaxsons story of offshore banking is nothing short of Shakespearean,
a drama full of secrecy, treachery and corruption in which wealthy
countries, companies and individuals collude to horde wealth in a
complex global network of largely unregulated tax havens. To realize
this end, they install corrupt leaders, exploit indigenous populations
and, ultimately, deny both developed and developing nations of vital
tax dollars. There is much here that should generate outrage…An
admirable job of both arguing the consequences of offshore banking and
providing a succinct history of the practice. (Kirkus)
A blistering account of the role that tax havens play in international
finance. . . brilliant. (London Review of Books)
Perhaps the most important book published in the UK so far this year.
(George Monbiot, The Guardian)
Shaxson provides a fascinating narrative that is both analytically
compelling and rich in institutional detail. (New York Times Economix
A useful critique. (Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution)
Treasure Islands, Nicholas Shaxsons excellent book on the global
offshore tax system. (FT Alphaville)
Treasure Islands has prised the lid off an important and terrifying can
of worms. (Literary Review)
Shaxson shows us that the global financial machine is broken and that
very few of us have noticed. (New Statesman)
In this riveting, well-written expose, Shaxson goes deep into the
largely unexamined realm of offshore money. In the process, he reveals
that this shadow world is no mere sideshow, but is troublingly central
to modern finance, with the US and the UK as leaders. The resulting
abuses are widespread, ranging from tax revenue stripping from African
nations to individuals and corporations escaping enforcement and
accountability. A must read for anyone who wants to understand the
hidden reasons why financial services firms have become so powerful and
impossible to reform. (Yves Smith, creator of Naked Capitalism and
author of Econned)
Treasure Islands shines the light on some very dark places. It reads
like a thriller. The shocking thing is its all true. (Richard Murphy,
co-author of Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works)
At last, a readable - indeed gripping - book which explains the nuts
and bolts of tax havens. More importantly, it lays bare the mechanism
that financial capital has been using to stay in charge: capturing
government policy-making around the world, shaking off such irritants
as democracy and the rule of law, and making sure that suckers like you
and me pay for its operators opulent lifestyles. (Misha Glenny, author
of McMafia: A Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld)
Trade and investments can play a profoundly productive role on the
world economy. But so much of the capital flows that we see are
associated with money laundering, tax evasion, and the wholesale
larsony (sic) of assets often of very poor countries. These thefts are
greatly facilitated by special tax and accounting rules or designed to
"attract capital" and embodying obscure and opaque mechanisms. Shaxson
does an outstanding and socially valuable job in penetrating the
impenetrable and finds a deeply shocking world. (Nicholas Stern, former
Chief Economist for The World Bank)
The real challenge to Americas economy comes not from China - but from
the Caymans, the Bahamas, and a whole hot-money archipelago loosely
under the control of the City of London. If only as a civics lesson,
read this astonishing book to find out the true political constitution
of the world. (Thomas Geoghegan, author of Were You Born on the Wrong
Far more than an exposé, Treasure Islands is a brilliantly
illuminating, forensic analysis of where economic power really lies,
and the shockingly corrupt way in which it behaves. If youre wondering
how ordinary people ended up paying for a crisis caused by the reckless
greed of the banking industry, this compellingly readable book provides
the answers. (David Wearing, School of Public Policy, UCL, Londons
Global University)
An absolute gem that deserves to be read by anyone interested in the
way contemporary globalization is undermining social justice. Give it
to your sons, daughters, families, favorite legislators and anyone else
needing stimulation of their thought buds. This masterpiece illuminates
the dark places and shows the visible hand of governments,
corporations, banks, accountants, lawyers and other pirates in creating
fictitious offshore transactions and structures and picking our
pockets. This financial engineering has enabled companies and the
wealthy elites to dodge taxes. The result is poverty, erosion of social
infrastructure and hard won welfare rights and higher taxes for
ordinary people. Tax will be the decisive battleground of the
twenty-first century as no democracy can function without it, or
provide people with adequate educations, healthcare, security, housing,
transport or pensions. Nicholas Shaxson has done a wonderful job in
lifting the lid off the inbuilt corruption that has become so
naturalized in the western world. (Prem Sikka, Professor of Accounting,
University of Essex, UK)
Over my holiday last week, I read Nick Shaxsons book - Treasure
Islands. I would go as far as saying this book is the No Logo for a new
century (Sunny Hundal, Liberal Conspiracy)
Shaxson has undertaken a big task with the book Treasure Islands: Tax
Havens and the Men who Stole the World. But the task is well worthy of
examination, as it is so vital to the shadowy infrastructure of the
global financial system… provides an easily digestible overview of the
labyrinthine nature of the world of offshore finance. (Seeking Alpha)

About the Author

Nicholas Shaxson is a journalist who has written for
the Financial Times, The Economist Group, African Energy, and the
insider newsletterAfrica Confidential. He is the author of the highly
acclaimed Poisoned Wells: The Dirty Politics of African Oil and an
associate fellow with the Royal Institute of International Affairs in

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