Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction

Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction

#1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 

New York Times  finance editor David Enrich's explosive exposé of the most scandalous bank in the world, revealing its shadowy ties to Donald Trump, Putin's Russia, and Nazi Germany

“A jaw-dropping financial thriller” —Philadelphia Inquirer


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 twenty 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.

Title:Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction
ISBN:9780062878823
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    Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction Reviews

  • Will Byrnes

    With Trump in the White House there would presumably be extensive digging into every deal he’d ever done, every partner he’d ever worked with, every loan he’d ever received—many of which in...

  • Donald Powell

    This book is all about Deutsche Bank. The Donald Trump material is mostly added to get you to buy the book. There are no revelations about Trump's relations with the bank that have not already been di...

  • Jill Meyer

    Germany’s Deutsche Bank has a long history of some, frankly, “odd” financial dealings that began when the bank was created from putting together many banks to make one large one. Some of these s...

  • Miss M

    What a shit show....

  • Adam

    ++++++======FYI: 'a son of Supreme Court Justice...' that would be Kennedy, Justin Kennedy - daddy made way for career alcoholic and rapist to become Trumpy's pick for bench to overturn Roe v Wade. ...

  • britt_brooke

    Crooked ass lender backs crooked ass debtor. Here are the the storied lives of megalomaniacs: sketchy derivatives, unorthodox multimillion-dollar loans, zero ethics, and more than one suicide. This sh...

  • Joan

    This is a very readable and troubling account of the rise and fall of Deutsche Bank. It shows the drive of institutional greed and taking huge risks, such as on derivatives, to make money. It reveals ...

  • Elena Granger

    I don't read stories like that. Actually it was my first book of the type. And I have some mixed feelings. It was a pretty readable, descent story of the rise and fall of the Deutsche Bank (and actual...

  • Richard

    Considerable detail on the machinations of Deutsche Bank and their dealings in the derivatives market courtesy of Wall Street. The story of a staid, old organization run by fusty Germans that encounte...

  • Bettie

    Dark Towers review: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and a must-read mystery: David Enrich delivers a master class in financial sleuthing but much about bank and billionaire remains unknownThe author's nam...