Griftopia by Matt Taibbi
Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

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A brilliantly illuminating and darkly comic tale of the ongoing financial and political crisis in America
The financial crisis that exploded in 2008 isn’t past but prologue. 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, and the crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they’ve hijacked America’s political and economic life.

Matt Taibbi has combined deep sources, trailblazing reportage, and provocative analysis to create the most lucid, emotionally galvanizing account yet written of this ongoing American crisis. He offers fresh reporting on the backroom deals of the bailout; tells the story of Goldman Sachs, the “vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity”; and uncovers the hidden commodities bubble that transferred billions of dollars to Wall Street while creating food shortages around the world.

This is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of this country, and the profound consequences for us all.


About Matt Taibbi

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MATT TAIBBI is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone and winner of the 2007 National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary. He lives in New York City.
Published November 2, 2010 by Spiegel & Grau. 274 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction
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The author writes with scorn for recent political maneuverings that amount to giveaways great and small to the con artists, not least of them the health-care reform package so despised by right-wingers—who, Taibbi adds, have ever since “disgraced themselves by spinning out one easily debunked lie...

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Matt Taibbi has harsh words for Wall Street and the politicians who do its bidding.

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Open Letters Monthly

Matt Taibbi wrote the two most important words of his career, and the ones that likely iced his book deal for Griftopia, in the opening of his lengthy 2009 Rolling Stone article about Goldman Sachs’ role in the global economy: “vampire squid.” This was not a compliment, although it’s possible tha...

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The Agony Column

In the hands of a different sort of writer, 'Griftopia' might have been unreadably depressing and complicated, but Taibbi knows how to take apart the machine and show readers how the parts go together.

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Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein (left) and U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan are two of the individuals author Matt Taibbi takes to task in his new book, Griftopia, which examines the financial implosion of 2008.

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