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Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America

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Who filled the trough? Who set the table at the banquet of greed? How has it been possible for corporate pigs to gorge themselves on grossly inflated pay packages and heaping helpings of stock options while the average American struggles to make do with their leftovers?

Provocative political commentator Arianna Huffington yanks back the curtain on the unholy alliance of CEO
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 27th 2004 by Broadway Books (first published January 14th 2003)
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Al
Nov 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Is this book written to make a point? You bet! Call it propaganda, I don't care. Now that this is clear, let's move on. Truth is where you you find it, and she looks even more like a Prophet since this last corporate meltdown in 2007/2008. Actually, you don't need to be a Prophet, you just need to understand human behavior, and not be easily suckered in by rhetoric. If you want proof that she is telling the truth, consider this. She lists a thousand examples of exploitation, and or criminal beh ...more
Ben
Apr 28, 2007 rated it did not like it
An important topic that deserves a good book. Unfortunately, this is not a good book. The writing is poor, and the organization is non-existent. Information is thrown in randomly - without any logical order, so it's impossible to remember and impossible to find later. The authors tone is sarcastic and mocking through the whole book, with more space given to jokes and mocking metaphors than to relevant facts about a serious problem. I was disappointed.
Chad
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington is a book that points out a major economical issue in the United states. Throughout this novel the author shows countless examples of overlooked economic flaw. Her target being big corporate business owners and how they influence politics to keep themselves reaping all of the benefits. With great use of real world statistics she shows how unfair things have been to try and open the eyes of people who are not getting as much out of life because of extreme ...more
Chilly SavageMelon
caveat: this style of book is well outside of my "comfort zone" or normal reading material and thus I find it a challenge, in a way, to review, but-

While I am certainly gung ho on a corporate watchdog mentality, I couldn't relate to Huffington's detailing of some of the presumably empirical data of what this crooked CEO paid for their 2nd beach house etc., for the same reason I don't watch E television. Ultimately, I just don't give a fuck and look cynically at those entire worlds. In theory, I
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Kim Cano
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
I got this as a gift for my step-dad a while back since he likes these sorts of books, and he suggested I read it. Even though it was depressing I really liked it. Now when I hear friends tell me they haven't gotten a raise in years, they're being switched from full-time to part-time and their benefits are being cut, I'll know it's so some asshat can have a $6,000 gold shower curtain!
Brendan
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I share some of Huffington's social and political opinions her snarky asides and exertions to drill a lame joke home (sometimes dedicating a short paragraph to making fun of someone) really grow tiresome quickly. She knows her business but is better off in explaining economics and corporate malfeasance to retards like me than she is trying to entertain anyone.
Alysha
Nov 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
I don't understand this woman. I wish she would stop writing. She's not good at it.
Matt
Mar 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is full of great information but the writing isn't very good and it's very slow reading.
D Books
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Not an easy read, but a necessary one. I'm glad I read this book because I feel more knowledgeable about how we as a country ended up in this financial crisis that we are now in today. The author keeps her story interesting by making a lot of smart remarks while at the same time having tons of facts that I'm amazed that she was privy of knowing. From immoral CEOs to untrustworthy & questionable lawmakers, this book gets down and dirty when exposing them all. It's so depressing to find out in ...more
Donitello
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Ms. Huffington clearly seeks to take no prisoners in her expose of corporate/legislative malfeasance: She names names, she gives dates, she states exact amounts of money. (Eg.: "If you paid $1 in taxes last year, you paid more than Dow Chemical.") In a truly bipartisan castigation of government corruption, she squeals (pun not intended) on Republicans and Democrats alike, making a strong case that the "military/industrial complex" that President Eisenhower warned about has become a military/indu ...more
Maureen
Jun 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Maureen by: UMW
This is the kind of topic Ariana Huffington can really sink her teeth into, and she does so with gusto and relish. She is a very engaging writer, and since this book came out at the height of the Enron scandal, it really uses Kenneth Lay as a springboard to pounce on a variety of CEOs, CPAs, and lots of other people with jobs described by their initials. Huffington knows how to rant and holler - and there is nothing better in my view than a good rant - but she backs her indignation with facts an ...more
Smiley McGrouchpants
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
With a grasp of analogy rivaling Matt Taibbi's, and a depth and scope to her research (including, one would have to guess, first-hand contacts) matched by none, Arianna Huffington draws for you outsized diagrams of power and influence, sort-of like those Mercator projections we all learned about in 6th grade, but of the Real World. Her wit makes the bitter pill go down easier, but, sad to say, the situation seemed to be delineated thus: " Although the ties that bind corporate directors and CEOs ...more
Peter
Nov 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
A wonderful account of capitalist greed and the politics that drives us there. Huffington does an excellent job of detailing many of the failings of some of the major corporate collapses of late, from the infamous Enron, to WorldCom and down to the lesser mentioned Adelphia. She educates the reader on the specifics of each collapse along with the nasty details of the insiders of each of the companies and their failings to work in the interest of the shareholders. She, goes on to detail Washingto ...more
Jackie Harrison-jewell
I've been on this kick, reading books about the housing crisis, tax evasion amongst the wealthy, and just general skullduggery. It's been pretty depressing. I think that Ms. Huffington's tone as she talks about the ultra rich taking advantage of their wealth and access to power and government support is satisfying in some ways. She doesn't hesitate to call out these folks for what they are, but it's also a bit too glib for me. I suppose what else did I expect, given the title of the book. Still, ...more
Heather
Jan 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Although Arianna Huffington is a well-known liberal, this book is extremely balanced from a political perspective. It covers corporate CEOs, lobbyists, boards of directors, politicians, Wall Street analysts/auditors, and others who feed these greedy pigs. This book should be required reading for all Americans.

Disclaimer: I was in the middle of reading this when it was announced that The Huffington Post would be sold to AOL for $315M. It did put a damper on the sincerity of her writing this book
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Amalie
Sep 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Eh, I haven't even finished it. Not my kind of book.
Cole
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a bit of a challenge to read. Took me about 5 months to get it done and it wasn't that enjoyable but it was interesting. It's about the corruption of big corporations and how the government lets them stay in the shadows with all the shady shit they are doing. It's not one I would recommend to everyone but it has a bit of humor to it and it is informational.
John Willis
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
To me there are better books dealing with this subject, but I still enjoyed the author's perspective and writing.
Ania
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I appreciated Arianna's sass, sarcasm and wit and the fact that someone who is by all accounts definitely part of the people she is talking about is so cynical of the 1%. This is a great book if you like facts and figures about the economy but I don't know nor do I have time to check which are actually accurate. At the same time, she used countless brutal analogies and had an extremely pessimistic, polarizing and almost verging on misanthropic attitude toward pretty much anyone in business who i ...more
David
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: passion-pop
Wish it had good references as opposed to what reads more as an ongoing rant divided into sections. I liked the information, disgusted at the unfairness of things but still ended up reading the first half of the book then skip reading the rest as things just seem to keep repeating themselves. Without references though its much harder to check on the facts or to see if there is another side to the story. Would love to read a similar "documentary" on Australian corporate/political troughs.
Em
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most disheartening books I’ve ever read. It’s well written, wry and incisive and made a subject I mostly avoid and loathe, something I could grasp. And I can admire that she has experienced a transformation as a former conservative mouthpiece to now one of G.W. Bush’s most severe critics – those little digs at ‘W’ were the parts I most enjoyed. But I also now understand how much President Clinton let slip by on his watch and for that I’ve lowered my regard for him. What’s so d ...more
Brent
May 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: economics, politics
Clearly I am in the wrong business.

As a non-boardroom employee people tend to take a dim view of my personal enrichment at the expense of the company, investors, and the public in general.

This book is easy to read but hard to believe, as Huffington documents the warm-ups and practice rounds that lead to our current economic woes.

Is worse yet to come?
Denise
Oct 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Book printed in 2003 but still applicable now with our poor economy. The GREED monster is alive and well in America and won't allow us lowly citizens to destroy it. Everyone lies and everyone is a crook ... especially politicians, lobbyists, and corporate CEO's!

Note: donated this book to my local library after reading.

Jahan
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: politics, economics
A good read, especially if you want a broad overview of how business has co-opted politics (in detail) and you enjoy some humor to leaven your outrage. Arianna is a gifted writer and the book is well researched.
Lauren
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Huffington starts strong and does not lose momentum in this scathing report of corporate irresponsibility. Funny yet very disturbing--it is unbelievable to read about the extent of these scandals and crimes.
Derwin
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to read this now because it compares to the current financial crisis. Many CEO's and businesses acted in the same manner as the organizations mentioned in this book. Also, it was witty.
Deborah
Apr 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This five-year-old book should be required reading. The concepts the author discusses directly led us to the economic crisis in which we now find ourselves.
Randolph Breschini
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Wow...ONLY read this if you want to be disappointed about our system of business!!
Janet
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Arianna Huffington knew about Wall Street greed long before the fall of our economy. When our jobs went overseas and our CEO wages went sky high, the writing was on the wall.
Arief Wicaksono
Dec 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Though no surprise at all, this book, at least, provides us deals among the energy wolves behind the closed doors
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Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of fourteen books.

In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national repor
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