From Simon Says, the blog of this atheist's favourite theologian:
This is from a review of Nicholas Shaxson's Treasure islands : tax havens and the men who stole the world – a book (aptly described as “exceedingly readable - more like a thriller than a work of economics”) which I, too, thoroughly recommend. I wish I had written as good a review myself; but I didn't, and being pragmatic I'll just refer you straight over to the man who has.“Tax havens profoundly affect the way that we live ... They have contributed to a huge transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich, both globally and within the richest countries ... ... ... Tax Havens have a huge impact on the developing world.”...and...
“To see how Tax Havens work, consider a banana. Every banana in your fruit-bowl has taken two simultaneous paths to be there. One is the path of the actual banana. ... At the same time the banana takes a more circuitous route, but only on an accountant's piece of paper.”
- Shaxson, N., Treasure islands : tax havens and the men who stole the world. 2011, London: Bodley Head. 9781847921109 [or] 2012, London: Vintage. 9780099541721