Beyond the fact that there is corruption everywhere and it’s only punished when convenient, this book has something important to say about the world today. While Trump challenges China’s industrial dominance with the blunt instrument of tariffs, a more subtle and effective trade war has been fought for many years. Under both Republican and Democrat administrations, the US was able to “destabilise”, as Pierucci describes it, the multinationals of other nations. British, French, Swedish, Russian and German companies paid tens of billions in fines as the US extended its legal jurisdiction around the globe. Nor is America the only combatant: Carlos Ghosn, the former CEO of Nissan-Renault, was arrested in Japan on financial crime charges but protests that he is the subject of a politically motivated “conspiracy”, as Japan and France jostle for control of car production.