DRUGS, GUNS, THE CIA & MURDER... 

"These were no ordinary bankers. This was no ordinary bank."

THE BOOK THAT

MADE HEADLINES AROUND THE WORLD

 

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In January 1980, Australian merchant banker, Frank Nugan, died in mysterious circumstances. In his car, the police found a ledger with the names of dozens of drug traffickers and the business card of William Colby, the former director of the CIA. Soon after, his New York-born business partner, Michael Hand, disappeared from Sydney and hasn’t been seen since. 

 

In Merchants of Menace, author/filmmaker Peter Butt reinvestigates the notorious Nugan Hand bank and its alleged links to drug trafficking, gun-running and the CIA. In the process, he achieves what Interpol and the FBI failed to do: he uncovers Michael Hand’s long relationship with the CIA, from Laos to Angola and Central America during the Honduras-Nicaragua conflict. Peter Butt then uncovers Hand's new identity and traces the rogue banker to a small town in the United States. 

 

WHAT READERS SAY

 

'I just bought Merchants of Menace and it's incredible!'  

Ross Schneiderman, Newsweek bureau chief, Los Angeles

  

'Fantastically compelling read - pacy and jaw-dropping. What a Story!'

Alec Morgan, Filmmaker

'Magnificent piece of research and told with riveting pace. It's the best book that I've read on the Nugan Hand scandal - and I've seen most of them.'  Alex Mitchell, Journalist

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This project was kindly supported by the City of Sydney Historical Publication Sponsorship Program