Book Review: Money Logging


Money Logging investigates what former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has called ‘probably the biggest environmental crime of our times’—the massive destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers. Historian and campaigner Lukas Straumann goes in search not only of the lost forests and the people who used to call them home, but also the network of criminals who have earned billions through illegal timber sales and corruption.

Straumann singles out Abdul Taib Mahmud, current governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, as the kingpin of this Asian timber mafia, while he shows that Taib’s family—with the complicity of global financial institutions—have profited to the tune of 15 billion US dollars. Money Logging is a story of a people who have lost their ancient paradise to a wasteland of oil palm plantations, pollution, and corruption—and how they hope to take it back.

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As of January 2018, Money Logging by Lukas Straumann is available in four languages: German, English, Malay and Japanese. A French translation is currently being prepared.


Read this book and weep. But then get angry.

Wade Davis

Bestselling author

This book will cause colossal and irreversible harm to our client’s reputation.

Mishcon de Reya, UK lawfirm, representing Sarawak governor Abdul Taib Mahmud

One of the most explosive books ever written about forest destruction and corruption in the logging business.

Timber Design Mag

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