From the birth of pioneering anti-corruption organization Transparency International in 1993, to the Arab Spring in 2011, this is the story of people who risk their lives (and the many who support them) to combat government-business conspiracies to secure justice, accountability, transparency and integrity. It is the story of an African child denied an education because her parents cannot bribe a school teacher, and of hundreds of thousands of Egyptians who overcame their fears, encouraged by Twitter and Facebook, to demand an end to government abuse.
This is an insider’s account of the battles, the fighters, the villains and their victims. Now, as never before, from vast public rallies in India to “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations, the fight against corruption is moving ahead. Major policy questions must still be resolved in the White House and far beyond – at stake is nothing less than our global security, the reduction of poverty, the stability of our economic and financial systems, and the cause of freedom and democracy.
“Corruption is an insidious plague that has a wide range of corrosive effects on societies. It undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish.” – Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan
“A cancer is eating away at the vitals of Western society and that cancer is corruption.” – The late US Senator Frank Church of Idaho
“Corruption humiliates the poor who must bribe small officials for minimal services; corruption bankrupts the honest trader; corruption empowers unscrupulous captains of commerce and their partners, dishonest politicians; corruption spreads like a cancer to kill all that is decent in society.” – Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Sanchez
Says author Frank Vogl: “The purpose of this book is to promote the issue of corruption to the very forefront of global public debate. This book is to inform a broad public about the constructive and successful actions being taken to fight the curse of corruption and to highlight the brilliantly courageous people who are waging war on corruption now.”