Taibbi proved himself to be one of the best journalist to cover the 2008 collapse. This is particularly amazing when you consider that he wasn't really an economics/financial guy before that. He learned as he went along, and learned fairly well. Or maybe it's more of a condemnation of the mainstream press, I'm not sure.
Either way, Taibbi has a razor sharp whit and covers this mess with good clarity. It would be more funny if it wasn't so maddening. There are quite a few books on this subject, but Taibbi does a great job of breaking down complex financial follies into language that you can understand and putting the whole thing in perspective.
The best chapter in the book has to be the Greenspan chapter. Absolutely hilarious.
This is better researched and argued than any of Michael Moore's works. An extremely hard-hitting book that also has humor and wit (eXile readers will know what I am talking about). Taibbi at his best. A must listen.
Enjoyed this book very much, made what could have been dull into an interesting and insightful experience.
This is an excellent book well written and well meant with one important exception. Matt Taibbi's characterization of Ayn Rand's life as "silly" and his other disparaging references to her ideas is either a mean spirited slur or a deliberate misunderstanding . Ayn Rand, despite her personal flaws and eccentricities was an important writer and thinker. Whatever Alan Greenspan may or may not have taken away from their association and corrupted later on when he became Fed Chairman has nothing to do with the value of Rand's political/economic philosophy. That kind of thing may make Mr. Taibbi feel better but it taints an otherwise terrific book. Chapters 3 and 4 are my overwhelming favorites. He makes usually boring and complex economic issues clear and even interesting. Patrick Egan is the perfect narrator. He manages to add just the right amount of cynicism and facetiousness to his reading - very appropriate for Taibbi's hypercritical rhetoric .
Facts, humor and an awesome narrator make Griftopia an awesome read/listen. Tiabbi deftly navigates America's new age financial labyrinth to explain in layman's terms how bankers, politicians and plutocrats are literally "making" a fortune on the backs of everyday people.
Repubs, get thru the early part of the book, and you will be rewarded with how Wall Street has corrupted the commodities markets. That knowledge is golden.
Letta Mego .. fighting electric utility companies & their military-like tactics forcing wireless transmitter "smart" meters into US homes
The real truth ... not on TV.
The very best political writer + a very good narrator... I didn't know what the Tea Party was. I didn't know what Obama care was ...not really...
This book gave me some clues as to what those things are....
I've been through about 12 or so books on politics...I haven't been reading commentators ... I've been reading great authors.... I've tried to read both sides... Gosh is sad Republicans .and people in government have no defense for their horrible behaviors ( murder and robbery).....Geitner tried, and failed with his book.. Anyway, Griftopea finally has driven home all I need to know and in a way I'll remember... Still, I'll probably listen to this one many times... That says a lot for the book ..because I never listen to books more than once...
Yes, he's the best of the best political writers.
No.. The narrator was very good.
I don't think the majority of the population know what was done and what is being done in America.. The only have the time and energy to watch TV.... Who knows how long it'll be that we'll be allowed to read books like this.. Before long Amazon will dictate what is allowed to be published and how it is marketed...and so not only will the media and the internet be censored...so will books...
I wouldn't read anything by this author.
Maltese Falcon, Biography of a recent political or business figure.
narator was below average somewhat dull so I gave a 2 out of 5.
It is not that the "characters" should be cut. The author talks about events and people that are real but is so painfully biased in what he describes and his argumenst so inherently unsupported and caustic that it is like listening to finger nails on a chalk board.
I could not finish the book. It contained two elements that grated on me in the extreme.There were some occasional bits of interesting informtion, but the blow-hard demagoging and biased, unsupported arguments were insulting-- not because of their particular political leanings; but because of their weak,hole-filed contradictory logic.Also I felt like I was listeneing to a junior high kid who just learned to swear and insult people graphically for the first time and is so proud of his new "talent" that he adds new meaning to the phrase inanely inmature.If it hadn't been so caustic, I would have probably finished the book at least to understand the thinking pattern of the author, under the assumption there must be some group of people (however small), who have similar outlook, and though sequences or approach; but it was just too tedious and painful.This is the worst book I have read on Audible or elsewhere.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
Listening to this kind of book now makes you wonder what would have happened if people back then understood all the lobbying, greediness, manipulating and pure corruption that were playing all along for years. Great listen!
People that already agree w/ thesis (and I do) but want only anecdotes that support it and petty insults rather than a thoughtful and objective analysis of the situation.
Probably not. I've enjoyed his articles, but this novel was more like a poorly written op-ed by a student protester than a well thought out product of research.
Disappointment - it's an important topic, and we need a balanced, objective debate. Instead, Taibbi presents his readers with weak arguments and silly anecdotes. As someone that generally agrees with the thesis, I'm worried that "my side" of the argument is now being watered down with idiots using books like this as their sole source of information.