Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit, and the Era of Predatory Lenders by James D. Scurlock
Reviewed by Marilyn Gardner
Christian Science Monitor
"'Charge it' may be one of the most enticing phrases in the English language. Who needs cash — or even a modest bank balance — when your wallet is bulging with plastic? After all, the bill won't come until later, and there's no need to pay in full each month. That faulty reasoning, perpetuated by the mushrooming 'financial services industry,' has spawned another phrase that is anything but reassuring: Maxed Out. It's the perfect title for filmmaker and writer James Scurlock's astute indictment of the credit industry — and the perfect warning for what he sees as a society headed for trouble..." Read the entire Christian Science Monitor review.