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Acuminor’s Financial Crime Summer Book Tip – Kleptopia

Title and author;

Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World

by: Tom Burgis

About the book:

In Kleptopia, Burgis has chosen a style close to a fictional thriller when describing the worldwide reach and consequences of financial crime with a special focus on the case of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC). The book shows how corruption and crime in far-flung destinations such as Kazakhstan and Zimbabwe are intertwined with the financial markets of Western Europe.


The book reads more like fiction, and it has a suspense to it that can draw in a wider group of readers than just financial crime experts. With that said, as a nerdy financial crime professional, I think that the book has sometimes shed some detail on the structures involved and has instead focused more on the individuals which of course drives the story.