Greedy Bastards: Corporate Communists, Banksters, and the Other Vampires Who Suck America Dry

By Dylan Ratigan
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6.82 Hours 01/10/2012 unabridged
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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 work that will rally people behind him.

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A New York Times bestseller

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 work that will rally people behind him.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Readers will find a great deal to ponder, as Ratigan covers why and how he’s certain the USA is ‘going seriously wrong.’”  USA Today
“Ratigan delivers an energetic, powerful, and at times unsettling portrait of America in crisis…And even though his portrait of the US is bleak, he believes we have options.”  Publishers Weekly
“Some books explain a problem; this book gives you an entire worldview. Greedy Bastards puts everything in context and makes the enormity and entirety of our crises understandable. Dylan, as always, is incisive, sharp and pointed.”  Eliot Spitzer
Greedy Bastards is superb. Dylan’s policy recommendations track with what the Committee for Economic Development has been saying on health care, the federal deficit, corporate governance, education, a consumption tax, and campaign finance reform. His explanations are clear…Greedy Bastards deserves wide readership!”  Charles Kolb, President of the Committee on Economic Development

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Author Bio: Dylan Ratigan

Dylan Ratigan is the host of MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show and former host of Fast Money. Former global managing editor for corporate finance at Bloomberg News, he has developed and launched more than half a dozen broadcasts and media properties. His book, Greedy Bastards, details his frustrations about the financial crisis and his innovations for its relief.  

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.82
Audience: Adult
Language: English