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Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

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The dramatic story behind the most audacious power grab in American history

 

The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. The grifter class—made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding—has been growing in power for a generation, transferring wealth upward through increasingly complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life.

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi here unravels the whole fiendish story, digging beyond the headlines to get into the deeper roots and wider implications of the rise of the grifters. He traces the movement’s origins to the cult of Ayn Rand and her most influential—and possibly weirdest—acolyte, Alan Greenspan, and offers fresh reporting on the backroom deals that decided the winners and losers in the government bailouts. He uncovers the hidden commodities bubble that transferred billions of dollars to Wall Street while creating food shortages around the world, and he shows how finance dominates politics, from the story of investment bankers auctioning off America’s infrastructure to an inside account of the high-stakes battle for health-care reform—a battle the true reformers lost. Finally, he tells the story of Goldman Sachs, the “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity.”

Taibbi has combined deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis to create the most lucid, emotionally galvanizing, and scathingly funny account yet written of the ongoing political and financial crisis in America. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of politics and finance in this country, and the profound consequences for us all.

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"Taibbi eviscerates Wall Street for what he considers frauds perpetrated on the American people over the last ten years. Deftly delving deeply into complicated financial history and lingo, Taibbi deftly lays the subject bare, rendering heretofore-dense subject matter simple without being simplistic. Blame for the recent mortgage collapse, commodities bubble, and tech bubble are laid at the feet of a relatively small number of bankers and traders who, in the author's opinion, act without fear of reciprocity from a U.S. government no longer representative of the American people. He begins by awarding the title 'Biggest Asshole In The Universe' to former-Fed Chief Alan Greenspan, taking him to task for willfully or stupidly disemboweling what little regulation the financial markets may have had before his tenure. This theme resounds throughout, and Taibbi asserts that the collusion between Wall Street and the White House has effectively turned the United States into a massive casino, in which working Americans are regularly bilked out of their savings and homes while the wealthy are repeatedly rewarded for their graft. It's an important and worthy read, but not for the Randian disciple or Goldman-Sachs alum.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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From the "New York Times"-bestelling author of "The Great Derangement" comes a brilliant, blood-boiling, darkly humorous, and bracingly honest investigation into the hidden mechanisms of power in bailout-era America.

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Matt Taibbi is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and the author of four previous books, including the New York Times bestseller The Great Derangement. He lives in Jersey City, New Jersey. 

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Mark W, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by Mark W)
Explains the causes of the financial meltdown very well (and exposes the villains at fault.) The question that Taibbi leaves us with: with this knowledge, now what what do we do?
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jeffbeal70, January 6, 2011 (view all comments by jeffbeal70)
Without a doubt the most important book I read in 2010. Taibbi presents a clearly articulated deconstruction of the Econopocalypse, breaking down the highly complex crimes perpetrated by Wall Street over the last few years. Expect to be outraged. Expect to laugh as Taibbi recounts the market's wild ride in his own funny as hell sarcastic voice.

Interesting, profound, and entertaining. Definitely my pick for the best of 2010~
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385529952
Author:
Taibbi, Matt
Publisher:
Spiegel & Grau
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
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Conspiracy & Scandal Investigations
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Politics-United States Politics
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Publication Date:
20101131
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HARDCOVER
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General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
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9.52 x 6.35 x .92 in 1 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Taibbi eviscerates Wall Street for what he considers frauds perpetrated on the American people over the last ten years. Deftly delving deeply into complicated financial history and lingo, Taibbi deftly lays the subject bare, rendering heretofore-dense subject matter simple without being simplistic. Blame for the recent mortgage collapse, commodities bubble, and tech bubble are laid at the feet of a relatively small number of bankers and traders who, in the author's opinion, act without fear of reciprocity from a U.S. government no longer representative of the American people. He begins by awarding the title 'Biggest Asshole In The Universe' to former-Fed Chief Alan Greenspan, taking him to task for willfully or stupidly disemboweling what little regulation the financial markets may have had before his tenure. This theme resounds throughout, and Taibbi asserts that the collusion between Wall Street and the White House has effectively turned the United States into a massive casino, in which working Americans are regularly bilked out of their savings and homes while the wealthy are repeatedly rewarded for their graft. It's an important and worthy read, but not for the Randian disciple or Goldman-Sachs alum.
(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , From the "New York Times"-bestelling author of "The Great Derangement" comes a brilliant, blood-boiling, darkly humorous, and bracingly honest investigation into the hidden mechanisms of power in bailout-era America.
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