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Cuckooland: Where The Rich Own The Truth

Release date: 15 March 2024
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Stand by for fireworks as it hits the shelves' SUNDAY TIMES

'If Orwell were with us today, he'd be writing books like this' PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE

'Breath-taking and jaw-dropping' PETER FRANKOPAN

'A true-life thriller' ANNE APPLEBAUM

From the bestselling author of Kleptopia comes a true story about Cuckooland – a world where the rich can buy everything – including the truth.

Everywhere, the powerful are making a renewed claim to the greatest prize of all: to own the truth. The power to choose what you want reality to be and impose that reality on the world.

For three years, Tom Burgis followed a lead that took him deeper and deeper into Cuckooland – the place where the rich own the truth. The trail snaked from the Kremlin to Kathmandu, Stockholm to the Steppe, from a blood-soaked town square in Uzbekistan to a royal retreat in Scotland. Burgis hunted down oligarchs, developed secret sources and traced vast sums of money flowing between multinational corporations, ex-Soviet dictators and the west’s ruling elites. And he found one man who wanted the power to bend reality to his will.

This book tells an astonishing story: a tale of secrets and lies that reveals how fragile that truth can be. Whether it’s in Kazakh torture chambers or the UK’s High Court, the lords of Cuckooland are seizing control of the truth. They decree what stories may be told about war and money and power, what we are permitted to know – and more importantly, what we are not.

From the bestselling author of KleptopiaCuckooland is a deeply reported work of non-fiction that reads like a thriller. It is a story of how globalisation and technological revolution have combined to imperil the foundation of free societies: that the truth belongs to the many, not the few.

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Product Details

Title: Cuckooland: Where The Rich Own The Truth
Author: Tom Burgis
Publisher: William Collins - HC UK
SKU: BK0494947
EAN: 9780008564759
Number Of Pages: 320
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Country Of Origin: India
Release date: 15 March 2024

About Author

Tom Burgis is an award-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author. Based in London after years as a foreign correspondent in South America and Africa, he is a member of The Guardian’s investigations team. He has exposed major corruption scandals, covered terrorist attacks, coups and forgotten conflicts, and traced dirty money from the Kremlin to Washington. His journalism has won awards in the US and Asia and been shortlisted at the British Press Awards, the British Journalism Awards and the European Press Prize. Kleptopia: How dirty money is conquering the world, Burgis’s second book, was published in 2020 and became an international bestseller. It exposes the hidden connections that link a massacre on the Kazakh steppe and a stolen election in Zimbabwe to the City of London and, ultimately, the White House. Burgis reveals how the world’s kleptocrats—those who rule through corruption—are uniting and threaten to overwhelm democracy. His first book, The Looting Machine, was published in 2015. It revealed how the exploitation of Africa’s vast natural resources condemns the continent to corruption, conflict and poverty. The New York Times called it a ‘brave, defiant book’. It won the Overseas Press Club of America’s award for the year’s best book on international affairs. Previously he was an investigative reporter at the Financial Times.

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