The Looting Machine: Warlords, tycoons, smuggles and the systematic theft of Africa’s wealth

Looting machine

Author Tom Burgis speaks at the bookshop
Wednesday 13th May at 7pm
Pages of Hackney
70 Lower Clapton Road
London
E5 0RN
Tickets: Free

Africa: the world’s poorest continent and, arguably, its richest. While accounting for just 2 percent of global GDP, it is home to 15 per cent of the planet’s crude oil, 40 per cent of its gold and 80 per cent of its platinum. A third of the earth’s mineral deposits lie beneath its soil. But far from being a salvation, this buried treasure has been a curse.

For six years Tom Burgis has been on a mission to expose corruption and give voice to the millions of Africans who suffer the consequences of living under this curse. Combining deep reporting with an action-packed narrative, he travels to the heart of Africa’s resource states, meeting a warlord in Nigeria’s oil-soaked Niger Delta and crossing a warzone to reach a remote mineral mine in eastern Congo. The result is a blistering investigation that throws a completely fresh light on the workings of the global economy and will make you think twice about what goes into the mobile phone in your pocket and the tank of your car.

We’re thrilled to welcome Tom to Pages of Hackney when he’ll be talking about his experiences writing The Looting Machine. His talk will be followed by a Q&A, and attendees can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. There is no charge to attend, so if you’d like to join us please RSVP by email.

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