The Looting Machine

Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa's Wealth

One of Financial Times’ Books of the Year, 2015.

By Tom Burgis Read by Grover Gardner Economics / Nonfiction / Politics English, Unabridged 11h 6m Sell Sheet
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							In his first book, The Looting Machine, Tom Burgis exposes the truth about the African development miracle: for the resource states, it's a mirage. The oil, copper, diamonds, gold and coltan deposits attract a global network of traders, bankers, corporate extractors and investors who combine with venal political cabals to loot the states' value. And the vagaries of resource-dependent economies could pitch Africa’s new middle class back into destitution just as quickly as they climbed out of it. The ground beneath their feet is as precarious as a Congolese mine shaft; their prosperity could spill away like crude from a busted pipeline.

"...a brave and defiant book." - New York Times Sunday Book Review

“[an] impressive study…It is to Mr. Burgis’s tremendous credit that he writes with such tenacity.” - Wall Street Journal

"A brave, excoriating exposé of the systematic ruination of resource-rich countries of Africa, leaving penury and strife for its millions of inhabitants...An earnest, eye-opening, important account for Western readers." - Kirkus (Starred Review)