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Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  1,528 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
The era of hope and change is dead....and it only took six months in office to kill it.
Never has an administration taken office with more inflated expectations of turning Washington around. Never have a media-anointed American Idol and his entourage fallen so fast and hard. In her latest investigative tour de force, New York Times bestselling author Michelle Malkin deliver
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Hardcover, 376 pages
Published July 27th 2009 by Regnery Publishing (first published 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 22, 2010 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: political
*This is an update to correct a typo.*


I sometimes have what I believe might be called "pause" when rating a political book. Do I rate it on readability, accuracy, humor, "current-ness"....

Okay this one is pretty readable and very accurate. The situations laid out may anger some readers but they are situations etc. that are largely a matter of public record. I suppose you can simply deny, deny, deny, but it doesn't work for conservatives, why should it work for left wingers?

Okay, but the book's
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Charlotte
Sep 02, 2009 Charlotte rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves America
Recommended to Charlotte by: Fox News
This highly documented and footnoted work of investigative journalism will do nothing short of quell any illusions that we have a man of integrity in the White House. The depth and breadth of this Administration's exposed corruption and cronyism will surely turn the stomach of all Americans who value honesty, integrity, and their hard-earned taxpayer dollars. Written with wit and attention to detail, just one of the many disturbing revelations of the book is how our tax dollars are being used to ...more
Michael
Sep 11, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: politics
All those Obama-worshipers out there should sit down and read this little gem. You can tell who a person is by what he or she does, and this book shows us who the president and the people in his administration are by documenting all of the corrupt, deceptive, underhanded, and downright illegal things they've done. We all heard about the corruption of Governor B. Didn't anyone stop to think that he probably didn't just get that idea out of nowhere? That that's something that probably happens more ...more
Anne
Aug 11, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
The bigger government gets, the more corruption there is. I think it's even worse with this administration because no one but people like Michelle are looking at what is really going on. The book made me feel sick. I knew that there was corruption, but I really didn't know the extent. How's that hope and change working???

Jennifer
Jul 16, 2010 Jennifer rated it liked it
I do love Michelle Malkin. One of my favorite pundits. This book made my head spin. It's organized by crony, and the names and relationships are mind-boggling. But it's mostly names and dates and numbers, sprinkled with Michelle's quips. About a third of the heft of the book is notes, which gives credibility to her claims, none of which I think are too far-fetched.

I walked away from reading this book with the thought that I'm definitely in the wrong line of business. "Serving the people" is wher
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Matt Howard
Sep 03, 2009 Matt Howard rated it really liked it
Summarizes all the sleazy, corrupt stuff that has come out about Obama's nominees, friends and associates. Assembled in one place, it's a pretty amazing compilation. The implied question is whether Obama himself can be associated with so much corruption, including very suspicious activities of his own wife, and still be an honest man. My conclusion is that he can't be, and probably isn't. It's pretty disturbing stuff.
Ted Alspach
Dec 27, 2009 Ted Alspach rated it it was amazing
For all the crap that liberal ideologues spewed about Cheney's pre-VP connections, you'd hope that they'd at least acknowledge that Obama's appointments have been the most corrupt ever. But instead they pretty much ignored the craziness that was Obama's initial appointments, even letting an acknowledged tax cheat run the IRS. Of course, the blind millions who were swayed by O's charisma will never read this book, but wouldn't it be nifty if they did....
Alice
Oct 20, 2009 Alice rated it liked it
Just finished reading the book Culture of Corruption by Michelle Malkin. It documents the tax cheaters, criminals, hypocrites, and business-as-usual politicians President Obama has surrounded himself with and appointed in his administration. The book showed that the campaign of Hope and Change is anything but and that President Obama is a promise-breaking politician just like all the rest. One of the more interesting points of this book is that the author quotes many liberals/democrats who have ...more
Ronda
Feb 07, 2010 Ronda rated it it was amazing
Knowing Michelle on a personal level from her working for the Seattle Times, this is classic Malkin.

She takes on Washington DC with the tenacity of a pit bull. Michelle has never been shy to say what is on her mind and is always well armed with facts and figures.

You will enjoy this book if you understand politics in America and how it is easily corrupted by those that would make deals for personal gain. As Michelle points out, most of the current people that came to DC in 2009 are known "deal m
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Crystal
Jul 01, 2012 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Well researched and very readable for someone who may not be aware who all the players are. The more you read the more upset you get over where our country has headed. To think I spent 26 years in the military protecting these folks. We were out there barely making a living, sacrificing many of our own wants to protect people like this. I would never give up my time in the military because it is what I wanted and loved to do with my life, however now we are living off of our retirement while mo ...more
Scott Lupo
Sep 19, 2012 Scott Lupo rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Okay, I read this one as an exchange with a Republicon neighbor. It was not easy. People who enjoy books like this must really not enjoy life and must have a black cloud over their head at all times. They might not even smile much. For all her education and experience, Michelle Malkin really didn't do herself any favors by writing such a vitriolic piece. It's okay to not like somebody or think that somebody in office is doing the wrong things but do you have to be so condescending in every parag ...more
Robert
Dec 08, 2011 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I read a completely different edition than the one shown and was unable to find the one that I did read. The edition I read stated it was completely updated with three new chapters. Anyhow I digress and shall now move on to reviewing the book. This is a very well researched book as evidenced by the well over 100 pages of notes for reference. The book itself covers the current crook in the Whitehouse and how he has surrounded himself with crooks of various despicable guise and their claims to fam ...more
Veronica
Feb 22, 2010 Veronica rated it liked it
This book for me was OK and I have to qualify that because I thought this book could have been better. Content wise, this book assembled like a commentary on the news articles and research garnered. I thought there might be new revealing information. One could easily do a google search and discover the corruption of Michelle Obama and Valerie Jarret by simply reading archived articles on her involvement in the chicago "patient dumping" plan, while collecting a six-figure salary. I can see how th ...more
Gerald
Aug 19, 2010 Gerald rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: muddy-water
I agree with the author that there is a culture of corruption, but that culture exists more in politics itself rather than with one candidate or one party. The book met my expectations of lots of hate speech with footnotes lending an feeling of validity to the author's point of view. In the end, 'the other side' of this argument could offer the same kind of supporting documentation to their arguments. The accusations are serious and ugly, just as the accusations the liberals level against the co ...more
Linda
Nov 03, 2009 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
While I do not believe the current administration is pure, I have faith in their goals for our country. It is indeed sad to see the corruption in politics that seems to be our heritage (I truly thought we were going to have and administration of 12 year-olds when Obama said they were looking for people with no association with lobbyists!) It would be interesting if Michelle would take her microscope to the Bush administration or even the new leaders of the Republican party, perhaps FOX news and ...more
Nathan
Oct 07, 2009 Nathan rated it liked it
This books was not enjoyable to read albeit well researched and written. If you don't like president Obama, this book will provide you with reasons but I doubt it would persuade anyone. It reminded me of the "these guys are crooks" books about Bush and Cheney. Exposing corruption is essential to the future of our country, but it rings hollow to most people. Politicians of both parties brake promises, squander public funds and appoint cronies.
I like Michelle Malkin, but I would prefer a book expo
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Chris
Sep 27, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
For anyone who wants the facts with no spin on what's going on in the current administration, this is for you. To the point and hard to refute. Amazing stuff, which most people have probably never seen or heard of before. You will be amazed at the absolute corruption in Washington politics at all levels and ranks, and especially in the political "inner circles." It pays to play, for sure.
Jeanne
Nov 03, 2009 Jeanne rated it it was ok
I could only get through a quarter of the book, but not because of any fault on the part of the author. I could only take so much corruption. After picking up this book a myriad of times, I've finally decided that I just don't care to spend anymore time dwelling on Obama.
Holly Fox Vellekoop
Aug 27, 2009 Holly Fox Vellekoop rated it it was amazing
This book should be required reading in all high schools and colleges across the USA. It exposes corruption at all levels of our government and how a radical can be elected to the highest office of our country.
James
Obama was elected with great expectations,
unfortunately, he's not done a very good job the last 6 years.

He'll probably be rated along with grant & harding as a corrupt useless placeholder.

the way things are going, the fedgov will self destruct within 20 years.


Michelle
Jun 04, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing
The following are my comments as I read the book so keep this in mind as you read on...


P.8 I'm surprised any president would propose a five day prior to signing public review of bills. The tempo of government has always been hectic. I'm not surprised that recent government productivity has been slow or nonexistent much less transparent! He must've thought that particular promise was immediately forgettable. I knew there was a reason I felt I was a "tea party"-ier. We want our elected officials t
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Jimmy
Dec 24, 2014 Jimmy rated it really liked it
Culture of Corruption is a book that exposes the various scandals and corruption committed by various officials in the Obama administration and those who were appointed to political offices by Obama but ended up quitting because they turned out to be a public embarrassment for the administration. The book is well-researched and heavily documented by political pundit Michelle Malkin and deserved to be read by everyone across the political spectrum whether they are conservatives, leftists and mode ...more
Steve
Nov 09, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Michelle Malkin’s 2009 expose of the underside of politics inside the Beltway is tough sledding as a casual read. This is a research paper. It reads like a thesis. Hollywood will not be making this into a movie anytime soon.

There are no AK-47 shootouts, buildings imploding or car chases here. There is no sex or video tape here. There are plenty of train wrecks, however, in the form of lies and cover-ups allegedly perpetrated by the highest ranking members of the Washington, D.C. establishment.
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Sarah Mariah
Jun 25, 2010 Sarah Mariah rated it did not like it
Why was this book even printed on paper?

Actually, it was well-assembled, and Michelle Malkin is clearly intelligent, drawing interesting - and often convincing - connections between what might, in isolation, seem like throwaway facts and incidents.

I kept imagining that this author is probably spending her time researching substantive leads and promoting publications - and not wasting time thinking literary thoughts or agonizing over any kind of a hip delivery - but, dang, that didn't make readi
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Craig
Sep 14, 2010 Craig rated it really liked it
Shelves: political
A blistering indictment of Barack Obama and his minions. The author identifies each major player on the Obama team from inception of his administration and discusses (in detail) his/her individual dishonesty, hypocrisy and corruption. More than half of his initial Cabinet appointees failed to pass Senate scrutine for corruption, fraud, dishonesty, failure to report and pay federal income tax, etc. As for Obama himself, failed campaign promises, blatant lies, disregard of the law and the Constitu ...more
Eric
Feb 29, 2012 Eric rated it it was ok
I was not able to finish this book though I enjoyed hearing the failings of Team Obama I found it a bit cumbersome. Most of the what I heard was linking cabinet members, vice president, and Michelle Obama to names and companies and shameful acts I had never heard of. All of the names and dates made it a bit difficult to follow while driving.

A few notable highlights:
The extreme number of Obama nominees that withdrew due to legal/tax/fraudulent issues.
The hospital where Michelle Obama worked was
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Mac
Feb 06, 2012 Mac rated it really liked it
What can one say, if you've been shit on so many times, you begin to think you are shit and that is just what we've let happen. I hate the subject matter, because I've been aware that things are going to hell in hand-basket but only the past decade or so did I realize just how deep the swamp was. For the past 50 years they have peeing in the pool and looking at our "elected officials" all but a hand full continue to pee in the pool. Its pee of corruption has been overflowing for years now and ef ...more
Lisa
Dec 03, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone!
Michelle Malkin thoroughly researched all the bad stuff she could find on the Dems and laid it all out in this book. This book is easy to read and I wish more people would read it! We need to rid our country of corrupt leaders! Next someone should research all the bad stuff committed by the Republicans--we don't need corruption in either party.
This book should serve as a warning that we need to remove the money and power from our national government that was meant to be a federal government--and
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Bob
Sep 07, 2012 Bob rated it liked it
This book does a very good job of pointing out the corruption of this administration that you won't get in the mainstream media. Michelle Malkin does an excellent job of laying out a coherent, well-researched, and systematic roadmap of corruption, self-serving favors, and criminal activity -- all linked to our President and his network of thug insiders. She clearly lays out the proven links between the players and the overwhelming evidence of the role of money and corruption on how things get do ...more
John
Jan 30, 2016 John rated it really liked it
I'm finding out that a lot of political genre books are dated. After a certain point they become moot.

This book was meant to be read when it was published in 2009, basically where Obama is coming from in politics, and where we are headed as a nation with the lot of cronies that came with his election to the White House. Excellent book, but most of it we already know, it discusses his viewpoints etc., which we now already have become all too familiar.

If you are a history buff (which is how I foun
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Michelle Malkin is an American conservative blogger, political commentator, and author. Her weekly syndicated column appears in a number of newspapers and websites. She is a Fox News Channel contributor and has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and national radio programs. Malkin has written four books published by Regnery Publishing.

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