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When McKinsey Comes to Town

When McKinsey Comes to Town

The Hidden Influence of the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm



An explosive exposé of a firm whose work has made your world more unequal, more corrupt and more dangerous.

McKinsey & Company have earned billions consulting for almost every major corporation in the world - and countless governments, including yours. Shielded by NDAs, their practices have remained hidden - until now.

In this propulsive investigation, prize-winning journalists Walt Bogdanich and Michael Forsythe reveal the disturbing reality. McKinsey's work includes ruthless cuts to the NHS, troubleshooting for Big Oil, incentivising the prescription of opioids, executing Trump's immigration policies (the ones that put children in cages) as well as advising some of the world's most unsavoury despots.

'A story of secrecy, delusion and untold harm' OBSERVER

'Makes you so angry...the evidence the authors winkle out is astonishing' SUNDAY TIMES

'Panoramic, meticulously reported and ultimately devastating' PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE

'A harrowing account of decades of dishonourable exploits' ECONOMIST


  • Hard-hitting ... damning ... If you think what management consultants do is to dress up common sense in jargon and flog it as vision to credulous executives, you are, according to [Bogdanich and Forsythe], greatly underestimating their impact
    The Times

About the authors

Walt Bogdanich

Walt Bogdanich is an investigative reporter for the New York Times and is one of the US's most-honoured journalists. He has been awarded three Pulitzer Prizes and four George Polk Awards for his investigative journalism. He previously produced stories for 60 Minutes, ABC News and the Wall Street Journal in New York and Washington. He has a BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University. He lives in Port Washington, NY.
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Michael Forsythe

Michael Forsythe is an investigative reporter for the New York Times. At Bloomberg he was part of a team that won the George Polk Award in 2013. Forsythe is a veteran of the US Navy. He has a BA in international economics from Georgetown University and a master's degree in East Asian studies from Harvard University. He lives in New York City.
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