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The Chickenshit Club Audiobook

The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives

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Publisher's Summary

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jesse Eisinger, a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice.

Why were no bankers put in prison after the financial crisis of 2008? Why do CEOs seem to commit wrongdoing with impunity? The problem goes beyond banks deemed "too big to fail" to almost every large corporation in America - to pharmaceutical companies and auto manufacturers and beyond.

The Chickenshit Club - an inside reference to prosecutors too scared of failure and too daunted by legal impediments to do their jobs - explains why. A character-driven narrative, the book tells the story from inside the Department of Justice. The complex and richly reported story spans the last decade and a half of prosecutorial fiascos, corporate lobbying, trial losses, and culture shifts that have stripped the government of the will and ability to prosecute top corporate executives.

The book begins in the 1970s, when the government pioneered the notion that top corporate executives, not just seedy crooks, could commit heinous crimes and go to prison. The book travels to trading desks on Wall Street, to corporate boardrooms and the offices of prosecutors and FBI agents. These revealing looks provide context for the evolution of the Justice Department's approach to pursuing corporate criminals through the early 2000s and into the Justice Department of today.

Exposing one of the most important scandals of our time, The Chickenshit Club provides a clear, detailed explanation as to how our Justice Department has come to avoid, bungle, and mismanage the fight to bring these alleged criminals to justice.

©2017 Jesse Eisinger (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    "very thorough!"

    meticulously researched, tons of details and thought-provoking. completely unbiased in my view. makes the average Joe understand in Easy explanations what the challenges are.

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    deb 07-21-17
    deb 07-21-17 Member Since 2006
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    "What an explanation for lack of prosecutions!"
    Where does The Chickenshit Club rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Fairly high and I certainly will be recommending the book to others. This book should be on anyone's "read soon" list.


    What other book might you compare The Chickenshit Club to and why?

    The Chickenshit Club might compare to a book about Enron, or the author who tried to alert people to Bernie Madoff's scheme, or the book Chain of Title, or the new book Sellout. All of these books have people who try to do the right thing or unwind an outrageous scheme.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Todd Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but the narration is quite satisfactory.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book deals with relatively current events other than background history so the only emotional response might be frustration with the system at the SEC and the DOJ.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely do not overlook this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    L. White 10-02-17
    L. White 10-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "If you have a bank account, you need to read this book"

    Read it and then stop re-electing anyone. We have many to blame including ourselves.

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    stacy roth-hark VOORHEES, NJ, US 09-26-17
    stacy roth-hark VOORHEES, NJ, US 09-26-17 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to The Chickenshit Club again? Why?

    Nothing but an accurate indictment of the US Attorney's revolving door mentality around this country, the use of corproate money as an income asset of the largest imbedded white shoe law firms who have their grimy hands on the levers of power at Justice, and big business' use of corporate money to grease all the wheels so their theiving corporate executives avoid jail for their stealing, fraud, and fleecing of the 401K small guy stock holder who possesses some type of idiot idea that they are playing in a level playing field toward a safe retirement!

    No wonder the right and alt right who are funded by big business are only interested in getting their 'conservative' big business friendly judges on the federal trial and appeals courts around the country!

    A MUST READ AS A RESULT.


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    -Bryan Redmond, WA USA 08-27-17
    -Bryan Redmond, WA USA 08-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "An absolute must read book"

    This is an incredible quality book going to the heart of why the government should have but didn't go after 2008 crisis corp execs who caused the problem.

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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    On the fence on this one. It had some interesting pieces, but it was like auditing a law school course.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Paul Pelletier and Jed Rakoff were the heros. Interesting characters.


    Do you think The Chickenshit Club needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It needs an abridged version. Way too long.


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