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As a private banker working for the largest bank in the world, UBS, Bradley Birkenfeld was an expert in Switzerland's shell-game of offshore companies and secret numbered accounts. He wined and dined ultrawealthy clients whose millions of dollars were hidden away from business partners, spouses, and tax authorities. As his client list grew, Birkenfeld lived a life of money, fast cars, and beautiful women, but when he discovered that UBS was planning to betray him, he blew the whistle to the US government. 

The Department of Justice scorned Birkenfeld's unprecedented whistle-blowing and attempted to silence him with a conspiracy charge. Yet Birkenfeld would not be intimidated. He took his secrets to the US Senate, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Internal Revenue Service, where he prevailed. His bombshell revelations helped the US Treasury recover over $15 billion (and counting) in back taxes, fines, and penalties from American tax cheats. But Birkenfeld was shocked to discover that at the same time he was cooperating with the US government, the Department of Justice was still doggedly pursuing him. He was arrested and served 30 months in federal prison. When he emerged, the Internal Revenue Service gave him a whistle-blower award for $104 million, the largest such reward in history.

©2016 Bradley C. Birkenfeld; renewed copyright 2020 by Restless Media GmbH (P)2021 Kalorama

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The World owes Bradley Big Time

What a story, brilliantly told with such clarity exposing some of the things we thought we knew and naming some of the people that are held by some in such high esteem. These people are consumed by greed and masquerade as being people of high principles. What a Joke!!

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Couldn't put it down

A great book. Reveals corruption in the US DoJ and top levels of Government

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Brilliant entertainment.

The title is,in no way designed to demean the story but to express the enthusiasm with which I donned my earphones for my dog walks. The story is excellently written and delivered with feeling and pace. I have already recommended this to a number of my friends.

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One of the best.

Without doubt one of the best books I have listened to. Reads like a triller and scares the life out of you because it is fact.

The oration was first class

Whatever about Bradley’s Hammer inc he has a career in writing.

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What a waste of time!

I Listened in the hope that this totally self absorbed writer would redeem himself. It did not happen. Sadly the hours spent listening to this are non refundable.This lacked any connection between author and listener. You win some, you lose some.

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  • 08-06-21

A personal favorite

A personal favorite. The books takes you on a journey through the world of high banking. Bradley Birkenfeld is a man who has lived many lives and shares the wisdom he’s gained from it. Yes, he is petty at times, but wouldn’t you be?

I really hope there’s a version read by him.

Highly recommended

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  • Derek MacTurk
  • 05-06-22

Read Shell Game After

Great book. After you’ve read this read Shell Game by Scott Bennett. It’s goes even further to what was in these accounts and who’s who. Interesting BB never mentioned him from their time together in Club Fed, Bennett does.

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  • Jim Lewis
  • 17-02-22

Confirms how corrupt our government really is

The author strikes me as a puffed up jackass - but I believe his story, found it riveting, and so wish his exposing the corruption of the truly power made a real difference. It's maddening that some people are treated as too big to jail while the little guy gets crushed.

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  • Cecilia
  • 22-01-22

Fantastic Book

Bradley,
Thank you for having the guts and the stamina to see this process through! Really enjoyed the story and Ricks narration!
Kenny B

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  • Danielle Ellis
  • 29-12-21

Interesting and compelling Financial Crime Whistleblower Story

Interesting and compelling financial crime whistleblower true crime story. Great mix of an autobiographical account with politics and sprinkles of global conspiracies. Enjoyed the story as well as the reading performance. Recommended!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-12-21

Self Serving Narrative

If you have been in or near this industry, you will recognize this man's narrative is dishonest, and sculpted to paint him as the hero. He is a crook who turned snitch for pay. However, the first half of the book was entertaining.

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  • CYRUS FAREDOON RAJA
  • 24-09-21

Fabulous, loved it ❤. hair-raising , mind-numbin

it's amazing how the justice system actually protects the goons rather then he whistle blowers around the Globe

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-21

Great story

An excellent story about how dysfunctional / corrupt our government is. Well worth the read, think about how you vote, not that it really matters, they all seem the same

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  • alan
  • 27-07-22

Explosive revelation!

I couldn't stop listening to this amazing book. I laughed many times and really enjoyed the book. l plan to start looking at Bradley You Tube interviews. Thank you Bradley for risking your life to expose the serious corruption we see in the banking industry. l notice Papua New Guinea Prime Minister has recently accused UBS of corrupt activity in their country! The ripples keep rolling since your rock fell on UBS AG Switzerland!

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  • Jesper Steen Steffensen
  • 27-06-22

Fantastic!

At first I did not really care for the book, but that was mostly because the author seemed a bit full of himself and I was a bit jealous of his lifestyle...
But man that story is an eyeopener! Fantastic book overall.