No Such Thing as a Free Gift is filled with evidence, all of which has been reported elsewhere, of financially self-serving charity on the part of Canadian executive Frank Giustra and other associates of Bill Clinton, as well as companies like Nestlé, General Electric, and Walmart. But none of those names are mentioned in the subtitle of McGoey’s book, only the Gates name is. And what McGoey does not prove is that Bill or Melinda Gates seek financial gain from their charitable activities. Instead, she insinuates.
There is a real need for studies that put philanthropy under the microscope, even if an author starts with somewhat of a bias against private charity. But bias can go too far, and Ms. McGoey’s does. Instead of evidence driving her conclusions, advocacy drives her analysis.