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Griftopia Audiobook

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

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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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    Scott CAMARILLO, CA, United States 11-09-12
    Scott CAMARILLO, CA, United States 11-09-12
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    "Narrators voice is totally wrong."
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick Egan?

    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.


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    Ronald 08-28-12
    Ronald 08-28-12
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    "Matt makes it clear"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book for anyone seeking to understand the debacle of Fall 2008.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Griftopia?

    The excoriating deconstruction of "guru" Alan Greenspan


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Alan Greenspan signing the declaration "excommunicating" Nathanial from the Ayn Rand "Objectiveists Group".


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

    The Wall Street Casino game and how it is rigged."


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    Gregory D. Oxley Ohio 08-18-12
    Gregory D. Oxley Ohio 08-18-12
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    "A Must Listen for Anyone"
    If you could sum up Griftopia in three words, what would they be?

    Educational, alarming, excellent


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The most compelling aspect of this book is that Matt actually educates even the most ignorant of people like me on the current condition of America.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Corporations Enslave


    Any additional comments?

    Get Informed. Listen to this book.

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    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 05-18-12
    Martha Humphreys Montana, USA 05-18-12 Member Since 2014
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    "OUCH!"

    Matt Taibbi is one of my favorite writers on any and everything. His knowledgeable and often unique point of view entertains as it educates. Griftopia is an excellent example of his ability to cut to the quick with humor and impatience! His take on Ayn Rand and Alan Greenspan is worth the price of the book...Finance, economics, etc are a fog that defies description for those of us right brains who know we are angry, but aren't sure why. Matt tells us in a very entertaining fashion that ratchets up my outrage with each chapter and left me feeling afraid, very afraid...

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    Glenda Oakley, Idaho, United States 03-23-12
    Glenda Oakley, Idaho, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "must read !!!!!!!!!!"
    Any additional comments?

    Before we vote this election one must think on which Goldman Sach's man are you going to vote for. The only difference between the two is the color of the skin. God help us

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    Julie Schatz 11-22-11 Member Since 2016
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    "a must read for all citizens of US"

    I hand it to the Rolling Stone mag. for giving their journalists the freedom to write. Taibbi's Griftopia is well researched and organized. His expressions are colorful (often funny) and appropriate for the most part.

    I've read a number of books in the aftermath of 2008-09 market disaster (Too Big Too Fail, Crisis Economics, The Big Short, When Markets Collide), each covers the crisis from a different perspective. Taibbi's book exposes the insidiousness of the corruption between Wall Street and Washington. And he does it with style.

    Truly this is a read for all citizens.

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    Michael San Mateo, CA, United States 11-10-11
    Michael San Mateo, CA, United States 11-10-11
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    "For Matt Taibbi Fans, this book delivers"

    For those who are sensitive to profanity or find its use distasteful, I can see where this book might not be to your liking. For Matt Taibbi fans, however, his irreverent use of four letter words is a welcome complement to his thorough research and brutal analysis. It adds levity to material that otherwise would be just too depressing.

    Similarly, he often overly-vilifies certain political beings (Palin, the Tea Party, etc.) in a way that can seem mean spirited. Again, it's mostly used as comic relief or as shorthand in making a side-point without going into detail. If you identify with one of the people or groups he may call a colorful name, I understand how you might be offended. However, what you can't say is that his facts are wrong or his analysis inaccurate.

    As for the material itself, this book delivers exactly the kind of incisive analysis that Taibbi's Rolling Stone work gives us, but in a longer form and with an overall framework that makes Griftopia a very compelling listen.

    The one thing that is lackluster is the narration. It's not that the narrator isn't competent or the performance not completely professional. It's just that he's much too formal and humorless for the irreverent edge that is the best part of Taibbi's writing. This book would have been much better served by a narrator who could convey the snark and wit that permeates the text. Instead, I sometimes felt as if the narrator was purposefully trying to remain monotone and robotic in order to avoid any emotion.

    Overall, though, it's a must listen for any Matt Taibbi fan. I would also strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for current, well-informed commentary on the biggest issues facing America, but who understands that politics are often ugly and unpleasant. Taibbi speaks in a voice anyone can understand, and that includes making absolutely clear who the villains are in every situation - sometimes to gleeful, profane excess.

    If you like your political commentary sharp, loaded with credible facts and analysis, and brutally honest, check this one out.

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    Michael 10-11-11
    Michael 10-11-11
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    "Griftopia Unveils the Naked Emperor ... Again!"

    Taibbi deconstructs the evolution of the economic meltdown that panicked the nation's leaders and sent severe jolts down the line into the heart of America! Taibbi does a masterful job of researching the topic and an even better job of wordsmith acrobatics to make the extremely complex seem simple and easy to understand. If you want a glimpse behind the curtain (Pay no attention to that man in the suit) where the money changes hands and the BIG deals are made, Taibbi will lead you on a fascinating journey. Myself, I'm prone to emotional outbursts when I see or hear of injustice heaped upon innocent people, and I've had several outbursts while reading Taibbi's investigation of the Wall Street scam that nearly toppled our economy. It ain't pretty, but it's an insightful, worthwhile read!

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    John Sunrise, FL, United States 07-21-11
    John Sunrise, FL, United States 07-21-11
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    "Amazing but scary"

    One of the best books dealing with the financial meltdown. If this book doesn't shake you up, nothing will. The only reason these crooks haven't been indicted is because once you started arresting people you wouldn't know when to stop. This is a perfect illustration of Obama's dilemma, keep your friends close and keep your enemies closer.

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    Abi Hassen 02-11-11
    Abi Hassen 02-11-11
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    "Couldn't you find a reader younger than 85?"

    great book. the reader, however, was a serious mismatch. not a bad reader, just totally inappropriate for matt taibbi's tone, language, and overall voice.

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