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Treasure islands : tax havens and the men who stole the world

Author: Nicholas Shaxson
Publisher: London : Vintage, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Dirty money, tax havens and the offshore system describe the ugliest and most secretive chapter in the history of global economic affairs. Tax havens have declared war on honest, law-abiding people around the world. Wealthy individuals hold over ten trillion dollars offshore. Tax havens are the most important single reason why poor people and poor countries stay poor. Britain and the United States are the world's  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Shaxson
ISBN: 9780099541721 0099541726
OCLC Number: 755071509
Notes: Originally published: London: Bodley Head, 2011.
Description: xi, 332 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: How colonialism left through the front door, and came back in through a side window --
1. Welcome to Nowhere : an introduction to offshore --
2. Technically Abroad : taxing the Vestey brothers : squeezing rice pudding --
3. The Profitable Shield of Neutrality : Switzerland, Europe's ancient secrecy jurisdiction --
4. The Opposite of Offshore : John Maynard Keynes and the struggle against financial capital --
5. Eurodollar : the Bigger Bang : the Eurodollar markets, the banks and the great escape --
6. Construction of a Spider's Web : how Britain built a new overseas empire --
7. The Fall of America : how America learned to stop worrying and love offshore business --
8. The Deep Drains of Development : how tax havens harm poor countries --
9. Ratchet : the roots of crisis --
10. Resistance : in combat with the ideological warriors of offshore --
11. The Life Offshore : the human factor --
12. Griffin : the City of London Corporation.
Responsibility: Nicholas Shaxson.

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WITH NEW AND UPDATED MATERIALBillionaire Warren Buffet, currently the third wealthiest man in the world, paid the lowest rate of tax among his office staff, including his receptionist.  Read more...

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"An utterly superb book" -- Jeffrey Sachs "Shaxson combines meticulous research with amusing anecdotes, resulting in a very readable account of the murky world of offshore and a strong moral message Read more...

 
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