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  • Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
  • Written by: David Enrich
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Dark Towers

Written by: David Enrich
Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
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Publisher's Summary

"In Dark Towers, David Enrich tells the story of how one of the world's mightiest banks careened off the rails, threatening everything from our financial system to our democracy through its reckless entanglement with Donald Trump. Darkly fascinating and yet all too real, it's a tale that will keep you up at night." (John Carreyrou, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times best-selling author of Bad Blood)

A searing exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, including its shadowy ties to Donald Trump's business empire

On a rainy Sunday in 2014, a senior executive at Deutsche Bank was found hanging in his London apartment. Bill Broeksmit had helped build the 150-year-old financial institution into a global colossus, and his sudden death was a mystery, made more so by the bank's efforts to deter investigation. Broeksmit, it turned out, was a man who knew too much.

In Dark Towers, award-winning journalist David Enrich reveals the truth about Deutsche Bank and its epic path of devastation. Tracing the bank's history back to its propping up of a default-prone American developer in the 1880s, helping the Nazis build Auschwitz, and wooing Eastern Bloc authoritarians, he shows how in the 1990s, via a succession of hard-charging executives, Deutsche made a fateful decision to pursue Wall Street riches, often at the expense of ethics and the law.

Soon, the bank was manipulating markets, violating international sanctions to aid terrorist regimes, scamming investors, defrauding regulators, and laundering money for Russian oligarchs. Ever desperate for an American foothold, Deutsche also started doing business with a self-promoting real estate magnate nearly every other bank in the world deemed too dangerous to touch: Donald Trump. Over the next 20 years, Deutsche executives loaned billions to Trump, the Kushner family, and an array of scandal-tarred clients, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. 

Dark Towers is the never-before-told saga of how Deutsche Bank became the global face of financial recklessness and criminality - the corporate equivalent of a weapon of mass destruction. It is also the story of a man who was consumed by fear of what he'd seen at the bank - and his son's obsessive search for the secrets he kept. 

©2020 David Enrich (P)2020 HarperAudio

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Drags in the middle a little bit. Still required listening.

What can I say? This book does a deep dive into Deutsch Bank and it’s troubled history. The first two to three hours is absolutely compelling and then it kind of drags for a bit of the middle section. However, the last couple of hours are absolutely required listening. It’s unbelievable to me how someone like Trump has managed to avoid prosecution at every turn. America - y’all need to wake up.

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great book but slow narrator

The book itself does an amazing job of weaving together a single coherent narrative from many sources and various perspectives.

Loved the book overall, but the narrator was quite slow and dry, almost robotic: I had to listen to it at x 1.3 speed. Being my first audiobook, that alone almost set me off audiobooks altogether, but thankfully they're not all like that.

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Bait and switch

This book's title suggests it's about Donald Trump's relationship to Deutsche Bank. That relationship is tangential to the plot. Bankers behaving badly. No big surprise. Also, the book is not well serves by the.poor narration.

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one of the character is really just a brat

Story is really interesting and really provide insights to what was going on when us regular people are just going about our daily lives while all these decisions and transactions were going on. The character Val in the book is really just a brat that are making the world his own problem, the author tries to portray him in a positive light with little success.

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Revealing & Disturbing

Good read, but because of the tremendous amount of information and many names, it might be best to read the book, rather than listen.
The crooked world of finance, banking, and politics is revealed.

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Timely

Extremely well written and researched. A must read for anyone concerned about corruption and how to tackle it.

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