Foreign Agents: How American Lobbyists and Lawmakers Threaten Democracy Around the World

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About the Author
Casey Michel is an author, journalist, and director of the Combating Kleptocracy Program with the Human Rights Foundation. He is the author of American Kleptocracy, named by The Economist as one of the "best books to read to understand financial crime." His writing on offshoring, foreign lobbying, authoritarianism, and illicit wealth has appeared in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, and The Washington Post, among other outlets, and he has appeared on NPR, BBC, CNN, and MSNBC, among other stations. He has also testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on the links between illicit financial networks and national security. He received his Master's degree in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Columbia University's Harriman Institute, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Kazakhstan. Foreign Agents is his second book.

"For years, an entire class of Americans have secretly guiding American foreign policy, while aiding dictators' spread of devastation around the world. Thanks to Michel's brilliant Foreign Agents, we finally know who they are - and what they've done. This is an unprecedented and shocking look at the law firms, PR specialists, consultants, and former officials who've helped the enemies of democracy succeed." --Lt. Col. (Ret.) Alexander S. Vindman, author of Here, Right Matters

"Casey Michel cuts through the spin, to reveal the inner workings of the American economy. His writing has shown again and again the subterfuges and secrecy at the heart of how money moves through the financial system, and does it with panache, wit, and a blessed aversion to jargon." --Oliver Bullough, author of the international bestseller Moneyland: The Inside Story of the Crooks and Kleptocrats Who Rule the World

"The foremost journalistic voice in the fight against kleptocracy." --Paul Massaro, Congressional Policy Advisor, U.S. Helsinki Commission

"An indefatigable young American journalist who has virtually cornered the international kleptocracy beat on the US end of the black aquifer." --The Los Angeles Review of Books

"Tracing illicit money and influence from 1930s Nazi Germany to the Trump administration, Casey Michel shines an urgent spotlight on the shadowy world of foreign lobbying and the damage to democracy perpetrated by the multi-billion dollar influence industry that has whitewashed the tainted reputations of autocrats and oligarchs, fascists and kleptocrats. Foreign Agents is a searing polemic against the culture of American foreign lobbying with the high-stakes twists and turns of a Hollywood thriller, written by a foremost authority on the matter." --Christopher Miller, author of The War Came to Us: Life and Death in Ukraine.

Praise for American Kleptocracy:

"Brilliantly clear." --Anne Applebuam, The Atlantic

"Fluid, coherent and entertaining." --The Economist

"Michel masterfully recounts the tragicomic outcomes when outré autocrats meet serviceable financial and legal systems....deserve(s) praise for going beyond moralising and pointing out how an industry geared to enabling the corrupt is not just unsavoury but can hurt a country's real economic prospects." --Financial Times

"Michel's diligent dissection is...a capable, eye-opening account of laissez faire financial laws and practices that serve the interest of criminals alone." --Kirkus Reviews

"Clearly-written, compelling and fast-paced...a clarion call for citizens and those at all levels of government who have not yet realized that we need to clean up our own act to protect ourselves from predatory adversaries."
--Fiona Hill, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution