Published: Eye Books (March 2021)
Tales from the risk business
After spending three decades advising multinational companies on geopolitics and security crises, Richard Fenning knows all about danger and intrigue.
Kidnappings, terrorist attacks, coups d’état, corruption scandals, cyber attacks, earthquakes and hurricanes were all in a day’s work in a career that coincided with the rise of China, the tumult of the Middle East wars, the resurgence of populism and the digital revolution.
Amid chaos and upheaval, he also found humanity and humour. Often witty and always insightful, What on Earth Can Go Wrong takes us from the battlefields of Iraq to the back streets of Bogotà, from the steamy Niger delta to the chill of Putin’s Moscow.
In a remarkable memoir of a life on the frazzled edge of globalisation, Fenning looks back with compassion and insight on the people and places he got to know, while offering some timely thoughts on the relationship between risk and fear in a profoundly volatile world.
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