The Book Cooking Club – Fraud & corruption

This week, we are presenting a selection of five books presenting cross-cutting analysis of fraud and corruption scandals.

These books focus on specific aspects of fraud and corruption scandals: historical evolution, fraudsters’ motives, bribery’s impact on society, fraudulent statements used to cover up misconducts or mislead investors…

If you want a good overview of the main white collar crime scandals of the past century, you know where to start (titles are pretty self-explanatory):


  1. Fraud, an American History from Barnum to Madoff, by Edward J. Ballenstein
  2. Kickback: Exposing the Global Corporate Bribery Network, by David Montero
  3. Why They Do It: Inside the Mind of the White-Collar Criminal, by Eugene Soltes
  4. Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America, by James B. Stuart
  5. Financial Shenanigans: How to Detect Accounting Gimmicks & Fraud in Financial Reports, by Howard M. Schilit