Provocative political commentator Arianna Huffington yanks back the curtain on the unholy alliance of CEOs, politicians, lobbyists, and Wall Street bankers who have shown a brutal disregard for those in office cubicles and on factory floors.
The media have put their fingers on pieces of the sordid puzzle, but Pigs at the Trough presents the whole ugly picture of what's really going on for the first time: a blistering, wickedly witty portrait of exactly how and why the worst and the greediest are running American business and government into the ground. Arianna Huffington turns the spotlight on the tough reforms we must demand from Washington to stop the voracious corporate predators from eating away at the very foundations of our democracy.
Devastatingly funny and powerfully indicting, Pigs at the Trough is a rousing call to arms and essential listening for all those who are outraged by the scandalous state of corporate America.
©2003 Arianna Huffington; (P)2003 HighBridge Company
"This is a powerful book, brimming with wit and sulphurous satire." (Publshers Weekly)
"Cleverly written with stories and tests, this book exposes corporate malfeasance and the system that Huffington believes supports it." (Booklist)
"Arianna Huffington has written the most entertaining tour guide to hell since Virgil led Dante through the Inferno. Crooked CEOs beware!" (Bill Maher)
"With a passion for the truth and an eye for detail, Arianna Huffington reports on the hijacking of democracy. Read it and weep, then head for the barricades. We have work to do." (Bill Moyers)
The major scandals discussed in Pigs at the Trough are widely known, but the book illuminates many less-well known scandals as well, showing the extent to which greed, and callous disregard for the devastation caused by that greed, has become a part of American corporate culture. Ms. Huffington uses the pigs metaphor to powerful and amusing effect. Especially shocking is her insider perspective on the dubious workings of Boards of Directors and the extent of Congressional/business incestuousness. The only down side to this audiobook is that the narrator is not Arianna Huffington, whose appealing and interesting voice would have been far preferable to that of the actual reader, whose voice is an odd combination of affected cynical sophistication and cuteness, sounding like a cross between Jackie Kennedy and Betty Boop.
While the information in this book is revealing and extensive, the writing comes off as extraordinarily sarcastic. I'm listening to it as I write this and I move between outrage and irritation. While I consider myself a member of the "left", this is a piece of militant liberalism and hurts the cause as much as it helps it. I can't help but feel that the information and stories in this book would have been better served by a different reader reading information that was framed in a different way.
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