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Publisher's Summary

The dramatic story behind the most audacious power grab in American history.

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, transferring wealth upward through increasingly complex financial mechanisms and political maneuvers.

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi here unravels the whole fiendish story, digging beyond the headlines to get into the deeper roots and wider implications of the rise of the grifters. He traces the movement’s origins to the cult of Ayn Rand and her most influential - and possibly weirdest - acolyte, Alan Greenspan, and offers fresh reporting on the backroom deals that decided the winners and losers in the government bailouts. He uncovers the hidden commodities bubble that transferred billions of dollars to Wall Street while creating food shortages around the world, and he shows how finance dominates politics, from the story of investment bankers auctioning off America’s infrastructure to an inside account of the high-stakes battle for health-care reform - a battle the true reformers lost.

Finally, he tells the story of Goldman Sachs, the “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity”.

Taibbi has combined deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis to create the most lucid, emotionally galvanizing, and scathingly funny account yet written of the ongoing political and financial crisis in America. This is essential listening for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of politics and finance in this country, and the profound consequences for us all.

©2010 Matt Taibbi (P)2010 Random House Audio

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No pulled punches

I've read many books about the financial collapse. This one was by far the most entertaining-perhaps because it didn't hold onto some sort of reverence for the financial elite while discussing the topic.

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Hilariously cynical

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.

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In depth look at Wall Street Fraud

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.

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Tyranny coming on strong because.. of not knowing

If you could sum up Griftopia in three words, what would they be?

The real truth ... not on TV.

What did you like best about this story?

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...

Which character – as performed by Patrick Egan – was your favorite?

Yes, he's the best of the best political writers.

If you could give Griftopia a new subtitle, what would it be?

No.. The narrator was very good.

Any additional comments?

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...

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Vulgar arrogant brainless author

Would you try another book from Matt Taibbi and/or Patrick Egan?

I wouldn't read anything by this author.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Maltese Falcon, Biography of a recent political or business figure.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

narator was below average somewhat dull so I gave a 2 out of 5.

What character would you cut from Griftopia?

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.

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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.

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If only...

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!

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More of a rant than a book...

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Matt Taibbi again?

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.

What three words best describe Patrick Egan’s performance?

Fine.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

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.

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Great expose of the corruption in business world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Griftopia?

The whole story. I enjoyed how Matt just tells the story no holds barred.

Any additional comments?

Wish that the average man on the street could read this book and then do something to change the system.

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Excellent

Would you consider the audio edition of Griftopia to be better than the print version?

Yes

Have you listened to any of Patrick Egan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not but I enjoyed his narration very much.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The entire book was very informative.

Any additional comments?

Matt Taibbi is an excellent journalist IMHO

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Very interesting

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.