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A brilliantly illuminating and darkly comic tale of the ongoing financial and political crisis in America The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn't past but prologue. The grifter class--made up of the largest players in the financial industry and the politicians who do their bidding--has been growing in power, and the crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they've hijacked America's political and economic life. Matt Taibbi has combined deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis to create the most lucid, emotionally galvanizing account yet written of this ongoing American crisis. He offers fresh reporting on the backroom deals of the bailout; tells the story of Goldman Sachs, the "vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity"; and uncovers the hidden commodities bubble that transferred billions of dollars to Wall Street while creating food shortages around the world. This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of this country, and the profound consequences for us all.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Random House Publishing Group, 2010.
ISBN: 9780385529976
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBook
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc


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Oct 03, 2019

I know we head in the clouds liberals are supposed to leave our bubble and consider other viewpoints, but good luck finding a conservative who writes as intelligently, sharply, and observantly as Matt Taibbi, a journalist for Rolling Stone. He's also very funny at times, calling his chapter on former Fed chairman/financial guru Alan Greenspan "The Biggest A**hole in the Universe." The focus in this book is on the economy and, specifically, on the catastrophic financial crisis of 2008, as well as on the massive bank bailouts, which left him righteously indignant, as we all should be. For Taibbi politics is a long con on the American people designed to enrich a very few people and corporations, which, of course, are just like people. Some of the economics were hard to follow, but I appreciate that he treats the market as politics not as neutral. And, lest you think he's partisan, he criticizes plenty of Democrats, including Obama. You may also enjoy Thomas Frank and Naomi Klein.

Jul 27, 2018

Love the book, and really one of the few writers who actually took the time to figure out what the heck it all means. subprime loans, credit default swaps, CDOs, Sovereign wealth Funds.
I started the book expecting to read about the Financial Crisis, and it ended up going in depth into how really the Banks, and their overseers, the Federal Reserve own the world's economies and their indebted slaves (aka us, the plebs) in this buy-all-get-distracted Disneyworld.

One day, I would hope Taibbi with his insights would have the courage to look into the big Families (Warburg, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Bushes) along with Bank of International Settlements which financed both sides of the two World Wars to put things into context.
We are a society that has been engineered by bankers through corporations as a proxy inventing a corporate-fascist technocracy that uses Edward Bernay's Propaganda tactics to make itself look benevolent and innocent. A document that precisely exposes the full spectrum dominance of sovereign nations through money is the illuminating document called "Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars". I dare anyone to read the content and judge for themselves if we are not living in that world that Taibbi exposes in details.

This is sobering reminder that behind so-called New World Order conspiracies, there are trails that are undeniable, such as those that Taibbi exposes in this book.

Marinetti Aug 10, 2015

This is an excellent and lucid look at the biggest financial rip off in US history- amazingly, no one involved in the fraud has been prosecuted.

Nov 19, 2014

Taibbi manages to take something considered boring and complicated and boils it down to interesting and understandable bits of information. He shows just how deep the control Wall Street has over our elected officials goes. Eye-opening and depressing

redban Oct 01, 2014

A masterpiece by Matt Taibbi; investigative journalism at its very best. This is for concerned citizens struggling through all the Economics verbiage and purposeful-complexity; this is THE book to start with.

Griftopia plows through all the pseudo-"scholarly" barriers and exposes those at the top of the Financial scam who gorge themselves while we plow on in confusion.

You'll finally grasp the rigging behind the Tech and Housing bubbles. The systemic fraud lobbied by the big banksters. Oil prices rising because of the Commodities market scam. The Obamacare giveaway to Insurance and Big Pharma. And the pathology of big banks. Please connect the dots and understand how this affects our entire quality-of-life! (job-security/healthcare/pension/environment/education/housing/security)

This book exposes the Financial Crisis like no other! Also recommended is Taibbi's follow-up: "The Divide"

...For a book on solutions: "The Democracy Project" by David Graeber

May 28, 2014

Matt Taibbi is proving to be one of the best investigative journalists of our time - and a good writer, if somewhat prone to 'shock words'. This book may not sound academic, but the research depth and breadth is evident, and his descriptions of how the financial upper class is stealing from ordinary Americans (and the rest of the world) may leave you enraged and frustrated at times.

Highly recommended!

Aug 15, 2013

Taibbi adds his concise and intelligent addition to the honest voices out there (Nomi Prins, Les Leopold, Chris Hedges, Michael Parenti and Christian Parenti, Ellen Schultz [Retirement Heist], Linda McQuaig [Billionaires' Ball], Pam Martens and others. Together, with his later articles and blog posts detailing the just how everything is financially rigged - - and really, he is still just scratching the surface here - - regarding LIBOR rates, interest rate swap rates, oil price rigging, gold and silver rigging, plus as yet to be mentioned: internalization (where the top banksters and hedge funds buy retail stock trades and match them up internally on their own systems, allow rigged trades upon trades upon trades, etc.).

Jun 25, 2013

If, instead of doing a rant, Rick Mercer wrote a book, Griftopia would fit the bill. Here, exposed in broad daylight, are the looters who do the bidding of the banksters, politicos and their sycophant public sector bureaucrats, to shakedown, fleece and rip off a clueless, attention deficit disorder afflicted public; self-entitled cabals with snouts in every trough extant. As noted by an astute observer of the scene, we have 'cartels, rentier arrangements, fiefdoms and legioins of toadies, lackeys, apparatchiks and embezzlers' sponging off the peasants and muppets that constitute the populace at large.
Trust no one my friend, no one.

Aug 10, 2012

The manifesto of Occupy Wall Street.

Jun 23, 2012

Terrific investigative reporting.
Matt writes for Rolling Stone and is a leading reporter on Wall Street
vulture capitalism.
I especially like his chapters on Alan Greenspan, "The Biggest Asshole in the Universe" and the last chapter on Goldman Sachs, which outlines 30 years of corrupt and criminal business/political practices.

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