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From the New York Times best-selling author of Clinton Cash comes an explosive new political expose!
Peter Schweizer has been fighting corruption - and winning - for years. In Throw Them All Out, he exposed insider trading by members of Congress, leading to the passage of the STOCK Act. In Extortion, he uncovered how politicians use mafia-like tactics to enrich themselves. And in Clinton Cash, he revealed the Clintons’ massive money machine and sparked an FBI investigation.
Now he explains how a new corruption has taken hold, involving larger sums of money than ever before. Stuffing tens of thousands of dollars into a freezer has morphed into multibillion-dollar equity deals done in the dark corners of the world.
An American bank opening in China would be prohibited by US law from hiring a slew of family members of top Chinese politicians. However, a Chinese bank opening in America can hire anyone it wants. It can even invite the friends and families of American politicians to invest in can’t-lose deals.
President Donald Trump’s children have made front pages across the world for their dicey transactions. However, the media has barely looked into questionable deals made by those close to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John Kerry, Mitch McConnell, and lesser-known politicians who have been in the game longer.
In many parts of the world, the children of powerful political figures go into business and profit handsomely, not necessarily because they are good at it, but because people want to curry favor with their influential parents. This is a relatively new phenomenon in the United States. But for relatives of some prominent political families, we may already be talking about hundreds of millions of dollars.
Deeply researched and packed with shocking revelations, Secret Empires identifies public servants who cannot be trusted and provides a path toward a more accountable government.
©2018 Peter Schweizer (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By debra Beemer on 03-24-18

Very enlightening

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I found the book non partisan, which is important to me in these days of divisiveness. Conclusions were all backed up with facts. I'm surprised this is not getting more media attention. Great and easy read. Unfortunately, it makes me even more cynical of our process. Is it inevitable that all politicians become corrupt? Who are the good guys?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Frank on 03-23-18

Drain the swamp

This book will open your eyes to the corruption that our politicians have been getting away with for decades both parties are guilty

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By mr jr burbidge on 04-18-18

Wonderful!

This was an enjoyable romp into the
shady world of Washington politics.
Well worth a listen.

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By Hank on 04-22-18

definitely eye opening

Opens up a different facet of Washington corruption ... the friends and family of politicians getting sweet business deals in exchange for policy favours. The stuff on Obama is focussed on and very interesting. Not much on the Clintons, probably because he's already covered it in "Clinton Cash". Outlines some stuff on Trump's son in law/daughter. but essentially says the jury is still out. He outlines some stuff Trump has to watch out for to avoid conflict of interest such as broader disclosure. Obama got away with murder with a sympathetic media. That won't be the case with President Trump. Here's hoping he'll do all in his power to do avoid the pitfalls.

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