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The Soprano State by Bob Ingle
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Mar 29, 12

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Read from February 09 to March 29, 2012

What a depressing read.

Not the book itself, it's well written and entertaining. It's the subject matter - political corruption in New Jersey.

Remember how on The Sopranos there always seemed to be rumors of indictments floating around? Well in New Jersey that shit is real; every couple of years Federal investigators swoop in and bag a bunch of criminals. Except they're not your typical crooks, they're New Jersey politicians or people in positions of authority and public trust. And it happens all the time.

This book covers about 30 years worth of this nonsense.

If you happen to live in New Jersey (as I once did) and find yourself wondering "Why is this state so terrible? Why do things never change?", read this book. It'll open your eyes to the fact that the state government is not only too big (other states have smaller governments and manage to function just fine), too corrupt, and waaay too expensive (other states...you get the idea).

If you live in another state and just want to read about people that have it worse off than you, this is an excellent book.

I'd say the only downside to this book is that there's no payoff at the end. Is this supposed to enrage the taxpayers of the Garden State into action? That hasn't happened since Hands Across New Jersey, well over 10 years ago. And the politicians know this. Plus, once you've read it once I see no reason to read it again, unless you're looking for talking points.
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