Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies” as Want to Read:
Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,709 ratings  ·  134 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
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published July 27th 2009 by Regnery Publishing (first published 2009)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Culture of Corruption, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Culture of Corruption

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.98  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,709 ratings  ·  134 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 22, 2010 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
Sep 02, 2009 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
Sep 11, 2009 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
Aug 11, 2009 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???

Jul 16, 2010 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
Feb 07, 2010 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
Aug 19, 2010 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 at the highest levels, but, in my opinion, that culture exists more in politics itself rather than with one candidate or one party. The book met my expectations with lots of hate speech, supportted by footnotes lending a feeling of validity to the author's point of view. In the end, I strongly believe that 'the other side' of this argument could offer the same kind of supporting documentation to their arguments. The accusations are se ...more
Matt Howard
Sep 03, 2009 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.
Scott Lupo
Sep 19, 2012 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
Oct 20, 2009 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
Jul 01, 2012 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
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.

Dec 08, 2011 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
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: politics, dnf
I only got through the first 1/3 of this book...not because it's bad, but because it examines the corruption of the Obama administration in far greater detail than I could effectively process while listening to the audio version. The book is an exhaustive list of Obama appointees' dealings in things like tax evasion, bribery, cronyism, nepotism, deceit, self-aggrandized victimhood, legal conflicts of interest, etc., etc. If any of them so much as jaywalked, Ms. Malkin will give you the exact dat ...more
Feb 22, 2010 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
Nov 03, 2009 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
Oct 07, 2009 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
Sep 27, 2009 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.
Holly Fox Vellekoop
Aug 27, 2009 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.
Jun 04, 2011 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
Dec 24, 2014 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
Nov 09, 2014 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.
Sheryl Tribble
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Woefully depressing book. I think Malkin's point is that Obama's entourage was The Worst, and they probably were, but anyone who thinks the Republicans wouldn't be just as bad if they could get away with it is kidding themselves. The media holds Republicans a tad more accountable, which probably accounts for the fact that Republicans are somewhat less likely to be so corrupt.

The system itself is corrupt and encourages corruption, and until we get the government out of the business of business, c
Sarah Mariah
Jun 25, 2010 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
Sep 14, 2010 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
Feb 29, 2012 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
Feb 06, 2012 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
Dec 03, 2009 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
Jan 30, 2016 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
The Angry Lawn Gnome
Interesting analysis, but the over the top partisanship became not only tedious after a while, it quite frankly started to detract from the case she was trying to make. Simply stating the case without snippy asides is a far more effective tactic, at least from where I'm sitting.

Why anyone and everyone who writes these sort of books feels the need to be a cheerleader, I simply don't get. Unless the point and purpose of such books is to "preach to the choir," rather than try to persuade. If so, it
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Guilty: Liberal "Victims" and Their Assault on America
  • The Obama Diaries
  • Catastrophe
  • Crimes Against Liberty: An Indictment of President Barack Obama
  • Conservative Victory: Defeating Obama's Radical Agenda
  • Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto
  • Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine
  • A Slobbering Love Affair: The True (And Pathetic) Story of the Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media
  • 48 Liberal Lies About American History
  • The Roots of Obama's Rage
  • America by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith, and Flag
See similar books…
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.

Malkin began her journalism career at the Los Angeles Daily News,