n African Review of Economics and Finance - The Looting Machine : Warlords, Oligarchs, Corporations, Smugglers, and the Theft of Africa's Wealth, Tom Burgis (Ed.) : book review

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2042-1478
  • E-ISSN: 2410-4906


In the , Financial Times reporter Tom Burgis attempts to trace the transactions, linkages and individuals that have played a significant role in the persistent and chronic underdevelopment of African states. The author aims at defining, naming, and shaming the beast called corruption as it marauds through Africa leaving in its wake thousands of corpses and malnourished innocents. In many ways the book reads like a modern day thriller with accounts of espionage, corporate maneuverings, wiretaps, assassinations, and hypocrisy, made all the more repugnant because these are true accounts backed by eyewitness statements, and copious other evidence.

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