Cuckooland: Where the Rich Own the Truth (Hardcover)

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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 Kleptopia, Cuckooland 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.

About the Author

TOM BURGIS is an internationally bestselling author and award-winning investigative journalist. He has reported from more than forty countries, covering wars in Africa and Ukraine, corruption, coups, organised crime and the rise of kleptocracy from Moscow to Washington. Kleptopia: How Dirty Money Is Conquering the World was a Sunday Times bestseller. The Looting Machine, about the plunder of Africa, won an Overseas Press Club of America prize. He is an investigations correspondent for the Guardian.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780008564742
ISBN-10: 0008564744
Publisher: William Collins
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English