Nazi Billionaires: Interview with David de Jong
An explosive new book digs into the dark past of some of Germany's richest people

Nazi Billionaires: Interview with David de Jong

Bradley Hope

This week, we have a new on-going feature at Whale Hunting: interviews with authors about their forthcoming books. There's no more perfect book for us to start with than the explosive, new work of Dutch journalist David de Jong.

He spent four years digging into this book despite across-the-board reluctance of sources in Germany and skepticism over the value of his project. He beautifully explains how his own family's history helped drive him on this journey. We highly recommend you buy a copy.

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This is the thirty-first edition of WHALE HUNTING, a newsletter delving into the secret worlds of money and power that we became obsessed with during our multi-year investigation into the globe-sprawling 1MDB scandal. That project changed our entire worldview. We wrote a book about it. We were long-time reporters for the Wall Street Journal before setting off on our own last year to create Project Brazen, a journalism studio and production company. We're creating books, podcasts and documentaries, and we'll share behind-the-scenes insights into the characters and stories we find along the way.

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