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 .
matt taibbi comes from a journalistic family
he was well educated but not surrounded by money
the 2008 recession gave him a crash course in finance
the schools i attended were a AAA club for wall street
intelligence, diligence and amoral greed were well rewarded
my recent 35th college reunion only reinforced this notion
the story shows that congress is truly " a parliament of whores "
wall street, as expected, is a den of soulless vipers in brioni suits
taibbi's lack of a $ back ground gives him a fresh eye on this scene
but when you have a story this " hot " it helps to use cool rhetoric
phrase like - a__ hole / dou___ bag / sh__ head - don't help your cause
his youth and fired up enthusiasm betrayed him on this point
taibbi predicts that we'll soon have another financial crisis
the faulty systems and institutions just haven't been fixed or regulated
the prophet jeremiah and e. carter glass wouldn't be surprised
The whole story. I enjoyed how Matt just tells the story no holds barred.
Wish that the average man on the street could read this book and then do something to change the system.
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.
No I have not but I enjoyed his narration very much.
The entire book was very informative.
Matt Taibbi is an excellent journalist IMHO
Well researched, and it really put the complex housing bubble burst into perspective. Taibbi's humor and analogies keep it interesting, while delivering a great view of the people and practices involved.
I will now only purchase audio books read by the author. I read the paper copy of Griftopia and I highly recommend it. The tones of shock, frustration and humor flow out of the pages of the paper book and I was looking forward to a more vivid telling of the story. Egan's tone is detached, but I hesitate to blame him. Only the author knows his work and experience intimately. I am sad that I am out $22, but infinitely more sad to see such a great disservice done to this important book. Please get Taibbi to narrate his own work. I will happily pay another $22. Cheers.
It was all great. The intensity of Matt Taibbi is a joy to listen to.
The narration by Patrick Egan was spot on.
Well worth the one credit. Looking forward to Matts next book.
I recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand the debacle of Fall 2008.
The excoriating deconstruction of "guru" Alan Greenspan
Alan Greenspan signing the declaration "excommunicating" Nathanial from the Ayn Rand "Objectiveists Group".
The Wall Street Casino game and how it is rigged."