Penned by Jack Bernstein, the book is due out next year

By Will Robinson
April 20, 2016 at 10:16 PM EDT
Panama Press

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is digging deeper into the Panama Papers.

Henry Holt announced Wednesday that it acquired Secrecy World, a book by Jake Bernstein. The publisher became the first U.S.-based one to pick up the rights for the massive set of leaked documents.

Bernstein was part of the gigantic international team assembled by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists that broke the story earlier this month. More than 11 million records were leaked as a part of the Papers sourced from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

“The data provides rare insights into a world that can only exist in the shadows,” German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote in its initial report. “It proves how a global industry led by major banks, legal firms, and asset management companies secretly manages the estates of the world’s rich and famous: from politicians, Fifa officials, fraudsters and drug smugglers, to celebrities and professional athletes.”

Edward Snowden called the reporting the “biggest leak in the history of data journalism.”

In its announcement, Henry Holt asserted Secrecy World will be filled with new details about the Panama Papers, including “the recent revelations about the financial machinations of rulers and royalty, the illegal activities connected to dozens of banks, and the extent to which U.S. companies and citizens are involved.”

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“For the first time we have an opportunity to see the secrecy world from deep inside,” Bernstein said in a statement. “Just as powerfully, the Panama Papers heralds a new dawn of collaborative journalism whose impact is only beginning.”

Bernstein won a Pulitzer in 2011 for his and ProPublica cohort Jessie Eisinger’s reporting about Wall Street ahead of the financial crisis. He also co-authored the 2006 book Vice: Dick Cheney and the Hijacking of the American Presidency with journalist Lou Dubose.

The book is set to be published next year.