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Josh Garrett

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  • Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Matt Taibbi
    • Narrated By Patrick Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (252)

    The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. The stunning rise, fall, and rescue of Wall Street in the bubble-and-bailout era was the coming-out party for the network of looters who sit at the nexus of American political and economic power. 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 for a generation.

    Jerome says: "News In America"
    "Eye-Opening Financial Expose, Poorly Read"
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    Would you try another book from Matt Taibbi and/or Patrick Egan?

    Yes--Taibbi's reporting is always informative and often funny, if a little dense. You have to have some grasp of financial industry jargon to understand everything in the book.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The methodical revelation of the financial sector's vice grip on the U.S. political system.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Egan?

    Bill Maher. Egan's tone and inflection make for a bland, "aw shucks" style that is completely wrong for this book. Taibbi's searingly sardonic writing requires a dray, sarcastic delivery to convey its underlying cynicism and humor. Egan consistently skips over chances to deliver Taibbi's intense, often vulgar punchlines to maximum effect,


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably. Could be an upsetting but also head-shakingly funny documentary.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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