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Tower of Basel
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Adam LeBor is an author, journalist, and literary critic based in Budapest. He writes for The Economist, The Times (London), Monocle, and numerous other publications, and also reviews books for the New York Times. He has been a foreign correspondent since 1991, covering the collapse of communism and the Yugoslav wars, and has worked in more than thirty countries. He is the author of seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including the ground-breaking Hitler's Secret Bankers, and two novels. His books have been published in twelve languages.

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"[Lebor] does a creditable job in this well-researched account." -- New York Times Book Review "It's a story of financial intrigue, secrets and lies, rumor and truth. LeBor, a business journalist (he's also the author of several thrillers), knows how to make a true story about finance as thrilling as any spy novel. A highly entertaining and informative book about the most powerful bank you've probably never heard of." -- Booklist "Lebor exposes the wheeling, dealing, and often nefarious activities of global investment bankers...Lively... The historical and contemporary power of the secretive BIS will surprise and alarm readers." -- Publishers Weekly "An absorbing and thorough examination of one of the world's most important yet opaque institutions." -- Reuters "Adam LeBor has written an absolutely fascinating history of the BIS, perhaps the most enigmatic financial institution in the world. The story he unveils of the many skeletons in its closet and its astounding ability to remake itself periodically only add to its mystique." -- Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World Edward Lucas, author of Deception: The Untold Story of East-West Espionage Today "Tower of Basel is essential reading. Meticulously researched and fluently written, it reveals a slice of the modern world's untold history--a gripping tale of covert networks, secret deals and unaccountable, powerful individuals whose decisions shape our lives." Liaquat Ahamed, author of Lords of Finance: The Bankers Who Broke the World"Adam LeBor has written an absolutely fascinating history of the BIS, perhaps the most enigmatic financial institution in the world. The story he unveils of the many skeletons in its closet and its astounding ability to remake itself periodically only add to its mystique." Harold James, professor of history and international affairs, Princeton University, and author of Making the European Monetary Union "Compelling reading--a masterly depiction of the role of the BIS in the Nazi period and Second World War." Booklist "It's a story of financial intrigue, secrets and lies, rumor and truth. LeBor, a business journalist (he's also the author of several thrillers), knows how to make a true story about finance as thrilling as any spy novel. A highly entertaining and informative book about the most powerful bank you've probably never heard of." Reuters Breaking Views

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