A portrait of the scandal of the century

Original Title: Wirecard

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 400 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-442-31631-1
€ 20.00 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Goldmann

Date of publication: March 29, 2021
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Bettina  Weiguny, Georg  Meck - Wirecard


How could this have happened? The 'psychogram' of the Wirecard scandal

The Wirecard scandal is one of the most serious in Germany's history – and it will take years for the resulting court actions to be decided. As more explosive details come to light, more questions are raised: how did this Dax-listed company's unprecedented bankruptcy come about? What does it say about our society, that this million-Euro fraud was even possible? Who is to blame – and who will pay? And how were the perpetrators of this worldwide con able to cover their tracks for so long?

In this book, investigative journalists Bettina Weiguny and Georg Meck present us with a 'psychogram' of the scandal of the century: they have spoken to the protagonists, and interviewed the friends and families of its key players, the Austrians Markus Braun and Jan Marsalek, as well as their fellow-travellers and critics. They have interrogated politicians, financial authorities and regulators about their part in failing to stop the fraud, and followed the trail from the company's Aschheim HQ to Vienna, Dubai and Singapore. Their thrilling study of failure on a grand scale offers an insight into the glamorous (if suspect) world of soldiers of fortune, secret agents, dubious businessmen, and naive but greedy shareholders. And then there's the biggest question of all: what can we learn from the Wirecard scandal?


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