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July 31, 2011 18:33:00.674

I just finished reading Griftopia - a fascinating look at the financial and political situation of the US after the 2008 crisis by Matt Taibbi. It's not an objective book, but if you take that into account, it's a very well written look at what happened (and more importantly, why it happened).

I've read pretty widely on this subject, and I think this book is one of the few I've read that really tries to look under the hood, as it were. If you want an unsparing examination of what's gone wrong, this is one book you should definitely look at.

One small caveat - if you're bothered by profanity, this book may not be for you. It's laced with it - in some ways, it reads more like a conversation than like typical prose. If you can get past that, it's worth a look. Also, check your ideology at the door. While my worldview and Taibbi's are pretty far apart, he doesn't spare anyone (or any party) in this book.

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