The Racket A rogue reporter vs the masters of the universe
by Matt Kennard
Publication date: 9th April 2015
- ‘A crucial exposé of the powerful, of injustice, and of the war against the poor. It should inspire all of us to fight back.’ – Owen Jones, author of Chavs and The Establishment
- ‘Matt Kennard threw away a cushy career with an establishment newspaper just to let you in on a secret: you don’t get the story, you get the cover-up.’ – Greg Palast, author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
- A Financial Times journalist goes rogue and uncovers rampant corruption and greed amongst the global elite
- Interviews with high-profile opponents of the racket, including Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn and Gael Garcia Bernal
While working at the Financial Times, investigative journalist Matt Kennard uncovered a scam – a deception and rip-off of immense proportions.
Kennard’s unbridled access over four years to the crème de la crème of the global elite left him with only one conclusion: the world as we know it is run by a squad of cigar-smoking men with big guns, big cash and a reach much too close to home.
But, through encounters with high-profile opponents of the racket, such as Thom Yorke, Damon Albarn, Gael Garcia Bernal and others, Kennard shows that human decency remains. Now it’s time for the world’s citizens to also uncover the racket.
‘With devastating precision and a formidable sense of urgency, Kennard reports on corporate shock doctors in Haiti, imperialist drug warriors in Honduras, pillaging coal and mining giants in southern Africa and Appalachia — and so much more. Most importantly, he never loses sight of the growing numbers of resistors holding on to their creativity and self-determination in the face of these forces.’ – Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine
‘Matt Kennard’s perceptive direct reporting and analysis of policy aim to expose “the racket” that dominates much of global society and to “blow their cover.” His in-depth studies bring home in vivid and illuminating detail the reality of life and struggles of much of the world’s population, their defeats and victories, their suffering and vitality and hope.’ – Noam Chomsky
Matt Kennard is a Fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Irregular Army (2012), and has worked as a staff writer for the Financial Times in London, New York and Washington DC. He has written for the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Guardian. He graduated as a Stabile Investigative Fellow from the Columbia Journalism School.
The Racket by Matt Kennard is published in April 2015 by Zed Books, priced £16.99 | $24.95 | ISBN 9781780329888