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

Matt Taibbi

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. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they've hijacked America's political and economic life. 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 reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of politics and finance in this country, and the profound consequences for us all. From the Hardcover edition.

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. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they've hijacked America's political and economic life. 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 reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of politics and finance in this country, and the profound consequences for us all. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. The crisis was only one terrifying manifestation of how they've hijacked America's political and economic life. 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 reading for anyone who wants to understand the labyrinthine inner workings of politics and finance in this country, and the profound consequences for us all. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Patrick Egan

Length:

11h 58m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:19


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:54


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:14


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:34


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:01


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:59


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:40


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:37


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:29


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:16


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:48


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:22


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:36


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:13


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:45


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:32


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:50


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:10


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:22


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:58


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:12


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:46


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:35


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:25


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

08:01


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:20


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:58


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:17


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:14


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:11


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:25


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

07:26


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:40


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:53


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:58


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:13


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:57


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:19


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:15


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:07


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

09:20


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:55


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:54


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:56


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:36


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:57


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:03


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:56


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:05


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:59


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:37


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:14


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:52


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:10


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:09


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:26


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

08:00


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:35


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:58


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:08


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:21


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:57


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:09


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:56


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:34


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

06:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:47


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:41