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Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry

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The host of the eponymous MSNBC show, Dylan Ratigan offers a bold and original post-partisan program to resuscitate the American Dream.

At a time of deep concern with the state of America’s economy and government, it seems that all the media can give us is talking (or screaming) heads who revel in partisan brinkmanship. Then there’s Dylan Ratigan—an award-winning journalis
ebook, 256 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2012)
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1. From this book and others its becoming clearer to me--in the same way we must look at the world of communications differently after the Internet, we must look at our aspirations, the "American Dream" if you will. The grow up/raise kids for college, a job/career that truly calls to us and at which we need not spend every waking hour, a spouse chosen for love, kids, good schooling for the kids, and an owned-home can no longer be our ideal. Realistically, for most p
Dave Lefevre
Jan 12, 2012 Dave Lefevre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
I think this is a very good book, but be aware that if you have read books that go into depth about the problems behind corporate finance and lobbying, education, energy, and the like that you probably don't need to read this book. This is another in the list of basic books that people should read to get up to speed on the many problems we have in the U.S. if they wonder why so many of us are so concerned right now. It takes some great books on various current events (most of which I have alread ...more
You know those books "Eat This, Not That" well if I published a book called "Read This, Not That," the first entry I would put in it would be "Read Dylan Ratigan's Greedy Bastards not Thomas Friedman's That Used to Be Us." While both books deal with the sorry state that this country is in, Friedman still has some right-wing delusions.

Ratigan just tells it like it is. Facts like the American finance and banking industry want to the world to be their gambling casino and when they loose all their b
Jan 19, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Think of this as a book that provides an overview of the various problems corrupting the political and financial systems, combined with solutions on how to fix it. If you are a politically aware reader, many of the issues brought up will seem like old news to you, such as how the various industries write legislation, how the education system is broken, and how the true monetary cost of many items are not always reflected on the sticker price. Ratigan does provide a few solutions on how to fix th ...more
Paul Hinman
Jan 18, 2013 Paul Hinman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[I actually listened to this as an audio book]
There are many works out there documenting the misaligned interests and "short-term greedy" woes that have overtaken this country in recent years. Some might actually do a better job of laying out the case of how they have exploited the American political system and people (im thinking in particular of Simon Johnson's 13 Bankers, Matt Taibbi's Griftopia, or Lawrence Lessig's Republic Lost). This book might function more as a great overview for someon
Mark Sena
Oct 18, 2016 Mark Sena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read, really simplifies the financial crisis and the symbiotic relationship of money in politics, medicine, education, and the oil industry in a way that's easy to understand.

It's this simplicity however—as well as a few metaphors and an allegory or two that are a bit of a reach—that stops it from being a totally stellar book in my opinion, especially as it tries to bring everything home.
May 30, 2016 Autumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think almost everyone should read this book. A lot of this was not news to me - I remember reading about how our government's approach to the 2008-2010 economic crisis was a band-aid at best; I've heard endless stories about government waste of taxpayer money; lobbyists are usually depicted as self-serving leeches in television shows like The Good Wife and House of Cards. So I don't think anything in the book came as a surprise, but what author-reporter Dylan Ratigan does is put everything tog ...more
Jul 26, 2012 Julian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the type of book that I want to buy multiple copies of, so I can loan them out to my friends and keep one for myself to reread every year.

I heard about this book when I caught part of a Commonwealth Club of CA with Dylan Ratigan (find it here: Ratigan was clearly bright, well-spoken, and surprisingly even-handed and non-partisan, and these qualities shine through in Greedy Bastard$. Don't be fooled by the title. This work delves into the world
Patrick F
Jun 04, 2012 Patrick F rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was phenomenal. Ratigan diagnoses our vampirous industries of banking, trade, health care, education, and energy. Not only does Ratigan diagnose the problems, but he proposes solutions that make you feel hopeful after feeling completely hopeless in the preceding paragraphs. - this cycle continues throughout the book; one moment you sit in total rage, the next, a bit of light, if only because we have solutions, and the conversation has at least been started. Forgive me if this mini-revi ...more
Oct 11, 2013 Angular rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am still reading it, but it's blown my mind. In 1994, I kind of sensed something weird was happening but it was strictly an intuition. I was pre-wonk. Fast forward to now & I'm trying to understand what in the Wide World of Sports happened the hell to all the opportunity and I got this book - aHA. China's pegging of its currency to half of the Dollar in 1993... which initiated an extraction (one of several he mentions) the size of Mt. Aetna.
So... which sucking sound did Ross Perot predict -
Feb 06, 2012 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a liberal and I don't care for MSNBC, but I've always known Dylan Ratigan to be a good fact-based journalist when it comes to corporate matters and our financial markets. In fact, he's probably the only certifiable journalist that MSNBC has. This book gives a lot of good insights to the corruption caused by deregulation in our markets, or the lack of any regulation in our markets. He discusses the financial meltdown of our country in 2008, the bank bailouts, trade with the Chinese, our healt ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Kyleknapp rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GREEDY BASTARDS by Dylan Ratigan is an inspiring book on taking America back from the clutches of tainted capitalism. From lobbyists and the so called "Greedy Bastards" that steal money from wall street and suck America dry of its last cent. Ratigan goes into detail giving the who,what,where,and why and how people should confront and neutralize the sticky situation.

GREEDY BASTARDS is written in a style that i have never encountered before. Like an enticing news story in a narrative style, Ratiga
May 03, 2012 Doug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book after seeing Dylan Ratigan's now famous "rant" on MSNBC because what he was saying made a lot of sense to me. In Greedy Bastards he takes on everyone - big business, the financial system in general and banks in particular, the oil industry, health care, education, the media and politicians. He shows how the American people have been sold out by these institutions to the point where we are headed toward becoming a third world country unless we find a way to change thin ...more
David Smith
Feb 27, 2012 David Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is filled with a thousand insanities in need of fixing. This country has a lot of opportunity for folks who want to extract wealth without making any discernible social contribution. One model of crime is human pathology meets opportunity. The first step to removing opportunity is to point out the problems, and that is exactly what Dylan does.

Read this book to get a good picture on how some bozos are extracting wealth from the prison system, how others extract it from student loans, ho
Aug 16, 2012 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
he former Global Managing Editor for Corporate Finance at Bloomberg L.P. before having a financial talk show on CNBC, then moving to MSNBC where he was the moderator/host/commentator of the Dylan Ratigan Show. I hesitated to get the book due to the title and subtitle which I find to be unnecessarily provocative. I was pleasantly surprised. Ratigan is a political moderate that rails against those in business who have used our government to slant the playing field to enrich themselves at the expen ...more
Louise Silk
This book offers insight and solution to the corruption that led to the financial meltdown in 2008 including the bank bailouts, trade with the Chinese, our health care system, and our educational system.

Most of the information you should know but what Ratigan does is offer concrete solutions to each of the situations and suggests using the modern communication methods of the Internet and these general solutions:

1. Update our gauges to get a better sense of the good from the bad.
2. Get money out
Tim Jin
Dec 06, 2013 Tim Jin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've learned far to none from "Greedy Bastards.". It is just babble talk on personal commentary and rhetoric. Dylan Ratigan used to have his own show on a financial cable network. It's a bit ironic that he decided to write a book on greed.

Also, this is United States where greed and profitability is the sole purpose. Not all vampires are evil. Ratigan goes on and on how these companies are all greedy bastards, but he never explains what the greed are paying for, like research and development in
Mar 23, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: what-i-ve-read
excellent coverage of what's wrong with the country, how it got that way and how to fix it. bipartisan point of view. his opinion is not that a bunch of evil overlords are pulling our strings but that the system is broken and people are playing it the way it is and that can be changed. i've read plenty of books that tell you what's wrong so it's nice to read one that has constructive ideas on how to fix things, not just one short chapter tacked on at the end. well done. i'd read it again and hav ...more
Jun 22, 2012 Wendybird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics, political
A good primer for understanding corporatocracy, banksters, and the disenfranchisement of citizens from a once productive nation, particularly from the chapters and references to financial and economic policies. Some excellent personal insights in my opinion, especially in the concluding analysis, but not really any specific details as to how to stop 'the greedy bastards." Rating based on presentation, relative simplicity, illustrative examples, unique perspective.
Richard Terrelonge
A clear list of priorities that we need to address to get our country back on track. He takes shots at The Obama Administration as well as others so at least in his mind he is being balanced. I tend to agree with his perspectives but having the internet at my fingers allows to me to do my own research and form my own opinions. Plus we have the track record of various policies to fall back on as well. A worthy read even if the title is overly provocative.
Mar 02, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very insightful and informative book. I would recommend it to those who seek to understand some of America's problems. While Ratigan is associated with the liberal MSNBC, he also worked at CNBC as a financial reporter. This book should appeal to to liberals and conservatives -- to everyone -- who want explanation as to the root of the evils eating away at American foundations. The book is written in layman's terms so that it's easy to understand and digest.
Oct 27, 2013 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that every American should take the time to read. It is bipartisan in it's exposition of greed in nearly all of our institutions, from corporations to education. This is not an enjoyable read, but rather an explanation of the corruption that infests our country on nearly every public level. Most of us have an inkling of the problem, and most of us will feel enlightened by the specifics. The book also offers solutions to the many problems. I encourage all to read this.
Feb 22, 2012 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book. If you care about what's ruining the country via extractionist policies, read this book. I don't care what your political views are, this book doesn't either. It shows how both parties are corrupt and how the payoffs from big corporations and special interests of all stripes are corrupting the process to benefit the few.
Robert Davidson
Apr 22, 2013 Robert Davidson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent read. confirms our worst fears what is happening to our society in the united states and ( canada ). should be required reading/ debated in our high schools to give the next generation an idea of what is in store for them. the united states is a great country with many wonderful people, however, their political system is failing them.
Mary Ann
May 19, 2015 Mary Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This should be required reading in our high schools and colleges. Ratigan offers not only overviews of many problems facing America - our health care system is about the most expensive treatments, not the best, education fails most of our students and money that dominates politics and buys favors - but he also offers solutions that are ore than worth listening to.
Mar 22, 2012 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In typical Dylan Ratigan fashion (over-the-top, fast-paced, informative, and entertaining) the book outlines corruption and bad practices in areas such as politics, economics, and education. A lot of good, common sense suggestions for reform are provided, but I am less optimistic than he is that any of this might change any time soon.
Kevin Halter
Dec 09, 2013 Kevin Halter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book.
Not sure I learned anything new from it but it was nice to hear another perspective on some of the issues and concerns facing the citizens and the country.
Overall I would say that Mr Ratigan gives a nonpartisan examination of where we are and how we got here, and somehow manages to bring a little humor to what could be a very depressing situation.
Kimiya Aghevli
Mar 22, 2012 Kimiya Aghevli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really engaging overview of a lot of the issues in government/the way we in America deal with our smorgasbord of problems these days. Surprisingly readable for potentially dry and confusing topics. Recommend for a quick easy synopsis of where we've been, where we are, and where we should try to go as a country.
Tom Guise
Jul 07, 2012 Tom Guise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Book. I had a chance to meet Dylan Ratigan at a book signing. He really tries to help all make sense of what has happened to the citizens of our country and what we can do about the current state of affairs.
Feb 20, 2013 Louis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent analysis of the banking crises and other problems we are dealing with. He covers banking, foreign trade, education, energy, government and does a concise and excellent job.
Cannot wait to find out what he is up to. Heard something about creating a bank.
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