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The Pyramid of Lies Duncan Mavin

The Pyramid of Lies By Duncan Mavin

The Pyramid of Lies by Duncan Mavin

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The inside story of Lex Greensill's meteoric rise and fall, and the billion dollar scandal that ensared David Cameron, SoftBank and Credit Suisse.

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The Pyramid of Lies: Lex Greensill and the Billion-Dollar Scandal by Duncan Mavin

An epic true story of ambition, greed and hubris that nearly brought down the British government.

In March 2021, an obscure financial technology company called Greensill Capital collapsed, going into administration. As it unravelled, a multibillion-dollar scandal emerged that would shake the very foundations of the British political system, drawing in swiss bankers, global CEOs, and world leaders, including former British Prime Minister, David Cameron. At the centre was an Australian financier named Lex Greensill.

Pyramid of Lies charts the meteoric rise and spectacular downfall of Greensill and his company. He had a simple idea - democratising supply chain finance - and disrupted a trillion dollar industry in the process. But a staid business model concealed dubious practices as Greensill made increasingly risky loans to fraudulent companies using other people's money.

Financial journalist Duncan Mavin, who has reported on the scandal for over three years, tells the incredible story of how a former sugar-cane farmer would go on to put tens of thousands of jobs at risk and gain unfettered access to the inner workings of the British government. With a globe-circling narrative full of scandal and intrigue, Pyramid of Lies reveals how the grubby world of shadow banking really operates.

The Pyramid of Lies Reviews

An incredible book, transforming a complex financial scandal into a rich character drama. The details bringing you inside the room as this improbable tower of deceit comes toppling down are what makes it worth reading to the end -- Bradley Hope, co-author of New York Times bestseller Billion Dollar Whale
Quite simply, one of the best books of investigative journalism I have ever read. Duncan Mavin is a natural story-teller and a brilliant sleuth - and the extraordinary story he pieces together is one of political vanity, reckless avarice and grotesque systemic failure. Definitive -- Matthew d'Ancona, author of Post-Truth
Leaves little doubt that much is indeed wrong in the excessively close relationship between some financiers and politicians . . . [who] stood to gain millions of pounds -- Simon Clark, author of The Key Man
Mavin expertly demystifies the rise and fall of Greensill Capital and weaves an intriguing tale at the cross section of sleaze, power and greed at the heart of UK politics and global finance. A fascinating - and prescient - read -- Karl Holbrook, Executive Editor, Daily Express
The extraordinary story of Greensill's rise and collapse is a microcosm of global finance in the last decade . . . a keen eye for the colourful - and at times absurd - human drama -- Peter Thal Larsen, EMEA Editor Reuters Breakingviews
The definitive account of the Greensill Capital's rise and spectacular meltdown . . . and a searing inquisition into the political connections that make it all possible -- Mary Childs, cohost of NPR's Planet Money and author of The Bond King

About Duncan Mavin

Duncan Mavin is a seasoned international financial journalist and started his career as a chartered accountant in the City and in Toronto. He has been a reporter and editor for Dow Jones publications including the Wall Street Journal and was the Journal's Financial Editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He has also been Managing Editor for Barron's Group and a reporter for Canada's National Post. He lives with his family in the UK, and is a long-suffering fan of Sunderland football club. The Pyramid of Lies is his first book.

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The Pyramid of Lies: Lex Greensill and the Billion-Dollar Scandal by Duncan Mavin
Pan Macmillan
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