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When McKinsey comes to town : the hidden influence of the world's most powerful consulting firm
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New York Times investigative journalists, Pulitzer Prize-winning Bogdanich and George Polk Award-winning Forsythe pool their talents to explain what it means for businesses and government agencies when international consulting firm McKinsey Comes to Town. Chronicling the murder of often-censored Mexican journalist Regina Martínez in 2012 after she uncovered shocking evidence regarding the disappearance of thousands of Mexican people, former AP Mexico bureau chief Corcoran plumbs crucial issues of freedom of the press with In the Mouth of the Wolf (60,000-copy first printing). From a Bronx culinary collective, John Gray and others' Ghetto Gastro Black Power Kitchen celebrates Black cuisines and cultures (100,000-copy first printing). Determined to make her immigrant family proud, Higgins worked hard enough to become a managing director at Goldman Sachs; Bully Market describes her encounters with a toxic environment characterized by extravagantly high living and, most disturbingly, discrimination against women and people of color. With My People, celebrated Emmy Award-winning journalist Hunter-Gault collects five decades' worth of reportage, from the Civil Rights era to today, to offer an overview of recent Black American history (75,000-copy first printing).
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New York Times reporters Bogdanich and Forsythe peel back the layers of secrecy surrounding management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. in this revelatory and often shocking account. Drawing on interviews with "nearly one hundred current and former McKinsey employees," as well as client and billing records, the authors uncover a devastating pattern of harm caused by greed, conflicts of interest, and unethical behavior. The company's "long-standing policy" of advising competing organizations with conflicting interests is a recurrent theme: McKinsey simultaneously advised a Chinese engineering firm responsible for building military bases in contested waters of the South China Sea and the U.S. Defense Department, which is opposed to those incursions, and helped develop Illinois's plan to privatize Medicaid services without disclosing its ties to managed care companies that profited from those changes. The authors also delve into McKinsey's "deeply political" work helping the Saudi Arabian government to "smoke out influential malcontents" on social media; its entanglement with government corruption in South Africa; and its plans to help Purdue Pharma "turbocharge" OxyContin sales and vaping company Juul to avoid FDA regulations while selling millions of its devices to teenagers. Scrupulously documented and fluidly written, this is a jaw-dropping feat of investigative journalism. (Oct.)
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