Treasure Islands

Treasure Islands

Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World

Book - 2012
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Billionaire Warren Buffet, currently the third wealthiest man in the world, paid the lowest rate of tax among his office staff, including his receptionist.

In 2006 the world's three biggest banana companies did nearly £400 million worth of business in Britain but paid just £128,000 in tax between them.

In January 2009, US law enforcement fined Lloyds TSB $350 million after it admitted secretly channelling Iranian and Sudanese money into the US banking system.

Tax havens are the most important single reason why poor people and poor countries stay poor. They lie at the very heart of the global economy, with over half the world trade processed through them. They have been instrumental in nearly every major economic event, in every big financial scandal, and in every financial crisis since the 1970s, including the latest global economic downturn.

In Treasure Islands , Nicholas Shaxson shows how this happened, and what this means for you.

Publisher: London : Vintage, 2012
ISBN: 9780099541721
Branch Call Number: 336 .206 SHA
Characteristics: xi, 332 p. ;,20 cm


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Jul 06, 2012

Yes, everyone should read this book and find out about the economic new world order where the gamblers can reap the loot and leave the middle-class to pay the tax bill. 13 trillion in the USA alone... In the 18th century, in France, the richest nation at the time, the economic system collapsed when nobility and the rich were exempted from any form of taxation.

greatwhitenorth Jun 02, 2012

Everyone should read this book...Incredible!!!

Mar 03, 2012

Fascinating. As George Monbiot of The Guardian said, "Perhaps the most important book published in the UK so far this year..." Highly recommended

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