The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers and the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth
A shocking investigative journey into the way the resource trade wreaks havoc on Africa. ‘The Looting Machine’ explores the dark underbelly of the global economy.
‘The Looting Machine’ is a searing expose of the global web of traders, bankers, middlemen, despots and corporate raiders that is pillaging Africa’s vast natural wealth. From the killing fields of Congo to the crude-slicked creeks of Nigeria, a great endowment of oil, diamonds, copper, iron, gold and coltan has become a curse that condemns millions to poverty, violence and oppression. That curse is no accident.
This gripping investigative journey takes us into the shadows of the world economy. It exposes how secretive networks conspire with Africa’s kleptocrats to bleed the continent dry. And like their victims, the beneficiaries of this grand looting have names.
About the Author
Tom Burgis has been tenacious and intrepid in confronting the powerful vested interests — corporate, military, financial and political — that have fed to excess off Africa’s riches. He has been reporting for the Financial Times for the last eight years, writing a series of prizewinning investigative reports from Johannesburg and Lagos.
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