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The Suez Crisis of 1956 was Britain's 20th-century nadir, the moment when the once superpower was bullied into retreat. In the immortal words of former US Secretary of State Dean Acheson, 'Britain has lost an empire and not yet found a role.' But the funny thing was, Britain had already found a role. It even had the costume. The leaders of the world just hadn't noticed it yet.

Butler to the World reveals how the UK took up its position at the elbow of the worst people on Earth: the oligarchs, kleptocrats and gangsters. We pride ourselves on values of fair play and the rule of law, but few countries do more to frustrate global anticorruption efforts. We are now a nation of Jeeveses, snobbish enablers for rich halfwits of considerably less charm than Bertie Wooster. It doesn't have to be that way.

©2022 Oliver Bullough (P)2022 Hachette Audio UK

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Magisterial

Oliver Bullough dissects the hypocrisy of the British financial services industry with this deft, almost humorous account of fraud and skullduggery. What a nation of complacent cads we are.

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Excellent, but shocking

First-class exposé of how the UK is winning the global race to the bottom when it comes to money laundering and double standards - and has been winning it for years.

Not an easy listen for anybody with any affection for Britain, but an essential listen nonetheless.
I will be reading/listening to more by this author.

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Absolutely amazing story!

Very interesting story, superbly performed, well researched. Everybody who wants to know what our country is doing with dirty money from shady oligarchs should read this story.

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Revelatory

I learned so much about money laundering and tax evasion by reading this well researched shocking book. Read it along with Kleptopia by Tom Burgis

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Revealing and Horrible

Very revealing and dies confirm that things have fallen to a very low point in Britain when one realises how much of the country's well-being has been down to Imperial gain followed by crookedness.

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tedious

a money spinner for his publishers. gave up after 4 chapters. tediously intricate history of Suez and the city and i shouldve stopped after Moneyland, which was informative.

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