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Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
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November 1, 2011
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December 31, 2011
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Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History by Matt Taibbi

"Griftopia" is the irreverent expose of the 2008 financial crisis. In this illuminating and at times infuriating book, investigative journalist Matt Taibbi digs into the main culprits of our economic chaos over the past decade. This 320-page book is composed of the following seven chapters: 1. The Grifter Archipelago; or, Why the Tea Party Doesn't Matter, 2. The Biggest ----- in the Un
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Dawn
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There has been a lot of media, reports and books describing the mismanagement of wall street and mortgages in to this gambling con. This book continues on that same story but in a broader context. There are tons of reviews which outline the book quite well so I will not recap it here. What I will say is the book takes complex ideas in corporate structure or government administration and simplifies them. At times I think there is an over simplification but I often think that about issues of finan ...more
George Kelley
Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a great book, but I am a fan of Matt Taibbi's work. He does solid investigative journalism and is very instructive with his writing (Not just in this book but in his Rolling Stone pieces)

Lots of disturbing anecdotes that SHOULD make you angry. The book isn't for everyone, as some will be turned off by his somewhat gratuitous language. It doesn't bother me, but I do know many people who should read this book, but won't, strictly because of that. It is a shame that the real obsceni
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Carl
Dec 12, 2012 added it
Great analysis of wrongdoing by financial giants.
Julia
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and provocative. Will we ever untangle this "revolving door" problem and the corruption it entails? I hope so! Maybe a constitutional amendment to curtail corporate personhood would be a good start (see movetoamend.org).
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