• "This is a<b> splendid polemic</b> against modern finance, in general, and the City of London, in particular. It is <b>hard-hitting, well written and informative</b>. Instead of enabling productive investment, the predominant activity of contemporary finance is rent extraction. This comes in many different guises: modern finance does not only promote tax avoidance and evasion, but, argues Shaxson, enables gangsterism and corruption on an enormous scale. I fear he is right."

    Financial Times
  • "<b>Gripping</b> . . . a <b>superbly written</b> overview"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "<b>Searing</b>… Shaxson has form on being <b>prescient</b> ... his ideas should not be dismissed lightly"

    Financial Times