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

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  223 ratings  ·  14 reviews
From the winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting

11.5 million documents sent through encrypted channels. The secret records of 214,000 offshore companies. The largest data leak in history.

In early 2015, an anonymous whistle-blower led investigative journalists Bastian Obermayer and Frederik Obermaier into the shadow economy where the super-rich hide b
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ebook, 384 pages
Published March 30th 2017 by Oneworld Publications (first published June 7th 2016)
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Suyash Singh Verma
A must read book to gain insight on dodgy financial rules and dirty politics.
Xavier Shay
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Tough one to review: I definitely learned a decent amount, and it's incredible that this happened, but the story of how it came together is ... not that interesting? More data leaked, needed bigger computers, needed to involve more journalists, repeat until done. Nearly didn't finish it.

> As of November 2016, according to the ICIJ, 6,520 individuals and companies were under investigation worldwide due to the Panama Papers. 110 million US dollars had already been recovered – and this was in just
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Jason Sun
Jun 19, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Secrets of the rich & powerful. Society has a broken system for the rich & powerful, who'll use all their power to remain so.

This book reveals covers the white collar crimes and controversial methods: from setting up offshore entities for assets (e.g. entity to hold a boat, to hold stock), to having a foreign Panamanian citizen to hold your asset in title only. Most fearful is the involvement of the high level government officials, from every major countries (US/UK/China). Taking advantage to a
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Hoang Le
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Billion Dollar Whale motivates me to explore more the world of investigative journalism and money laundering. And to stumble upon this book, I am eye-wide-open because of the size, the gravity, and the geographical coverage that it bring to the readers.

Centering around Mossack Fonseca and its dirty activities to help super-rich individuals, VIPs, PEPs, and criminals to hide their money in the offshore worlds, I am enlightened by all the tax-avoiding tricks they could pull to suck the money out
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Rob
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll keep it brief. If you suspect that people in power achieve such lofty positions to fill their pockets and make sure their friends get wealthier you'll not be disappointed. Leaked info to a German newspaper provides trails of money to follow to show who is syphoning money from where, who is helping them do this and why you should care. I say should care because to be honest by roughly chapter 15 or 16 I stopped caring. Not because I don't care that this is happening but because there's nothi ...more
Judith Finnemore
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is amazing the lengths the world's richest people will go to avoid taxation and this book makes it clear the loopholes that allowed them to do just that were well and truly exploited by leaders, overs and shakers across the globe. Occasionally some are brought to book but most quietly moved things when the ordure hit the fan in 2015. More than 400 journalists worked in utmost secrecy to uncover the scale of the shadow economy ahead of an agreed publication date. How they managed to keep it qu ...more
Ted
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
little juice to the plot

ownership of offshore accounts is not illegal. it is the act of money laundering/using nominee beneficial holder that is prohibited. the book appeals to the moral high ground of the citizens to pressure politicians to step down.
Randi Guarcas
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excelente libro. Ayuda a comprender el funcionamiento de las sociedades off-shore. Es sorprendente como una filtración de datos, fallos de seguridad de sistemas y un trabajo en increible equipo puso de cabeza paises enteros.
Matt Busche
I learned a lot about the Panama Papers, but the overall story was not very interesting.
Yates Buckley
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: curious
A good book to gain insight into how freely money can move across boundaries of all kinds.

Disappointed that the story ends at publication, where it should begin to look for impact.
Jaime Montoya
Perhaps the translation from the original in German is not so good.
Amanda
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s honestly jaw dropping the ways the ultra rich go to avoid paying taxes and hiding their wealth. So many former and current world leaders as well. Humanity is greedy.
Nanthinee Jevanandam
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Excellent book. For a rather boring subject matter, the authors did make it an entertaining read. A little bit repetitive after the first half but still definitely worth reading.
Blue
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eye-opening
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