Greedy Bastards by Dylan Ratigan
How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry

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6 Critic Reviews

...he does not provide sufficient sourcing for his arguments. A pastiche of thinking by other reformers with a thin original Ratigan overlay.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

The host of the eponymous MSNBC show, Dylan Ratigan offers a bold and original post-partisan program to resuscitate the American Dream.

At a time of deep concern with the state of America’s economy and government, it seems that all the media can give us is talking (or screaming) heads who revel in partisan brinkmanship. Then there’s Dylan Ratigan—an award-winning journalist respected and admired across the political spectrum. In Greedy Bastards, he rips the lid off of our deeply crooked system—and offers a way out.

Employing the nuanced reporting and critical analysis that have earned him so much respect, Ratigan describes the five “vampires” that are sucking the nation dry, including an educational system that values mediocrity above all else; a healthcare system that is among the priciest and least-effective infrastructures in the industrialized world; a political system in which lobbyists write legislation; a “master-slave” relationship with our Chinese bankers; and an addiction to foreign oil that has sapped our willingness to innovate. In offering solutions to these formidable and entrenched obstacles, he does nothing less than lay the groundwork for a political movement dedicated to tackling the rot at the heart of the country.

In its desperation, America needs more than just endless stock tips and Wall Street navel-gazing. It needs passionate debate and smart policy—and a hero to take on the establishment. Dylan Ratigan is that hero, and this is the book that will rally people behind him.
 

About Dylan Ratigan

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Dylan Ratigan is the host of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show, one of the highest-rated, daytime shows on the network. This make-versus-take, analysis-driven daily broadcast fearlessly takes on the world of politics, money, and the unholy alliance between big business and government.     The former global managing editor for corporate finance at Bloomberg News, Ratigan has developed and launched more than half a dozen broadcast and new media properties. They include CNBC’s Fast Money and Closing Bell, as well as DylanRatigan.com, which is home to his podcast, “Greedy Bastards Antidote.”     Ratigan left as host of Fast Money in 2009, provoked by outrage over the government’s handling of the 2008 financial crisis. Since then, he has dedicated his work to launching platforms that engage and debate the U.S. government on policy, while opening the door for millions to learn more about money’s often poisonous role in our democracy. His first book, Greedy Bastards, which will be released on January 10, 2012, details this broken system, and more importantly, illustrates how fixing these problems will release a renaissance of growth and innovation.     Since late September 2011, more than 300,000 people have pledged support, millions of dollars have been raised, and an organization with a staff of a dozen people has been formed under Ratigan’s leadership to pursue the singular objective to pass a 28th Constitutional amendment to separate business and state.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 256 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Below average

...he does not provide sufficient sourcing for his arguments. A pastiche of thinking by other reformers with a thin original Ratigan overlay.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 16 2012

The "Ratigan Hypothesis"...is compelling enough to warrant serious consideration.

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NY Journal of Books

Excellent
on Jan 03 2012

...with a title paying tribute to vampires, this is a book you can sink your teeth into.

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USA Today

Below average
on Jan 15 2012

Ratigan's proposed solutions, accomplished primarily by a grassroots rebellion, have all been suggested before, and almost all have failed to gain traction.

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Fred Beauford

Below average
Reviewed by Emily Rosen on Jan 01 2012

He has much to say (negative) about college loans and the “debt for diploma” market...One wonders what he’s smoking.

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New Economist

Above average
on Nov 22 2011

Ratigan can add tothe effectiveness of his explanation by adding a description of the thirdessential driving our perverse incentives. Accounting control fraud...

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