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by Arianna Huffington

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Ms. Huffington clearly seeks to take no prisoners in her expose of corporate/legislative malfeasance: She names names, she gives dates, she states exact amounts of money. (Eg.: "If you paid $1 of taxes last year, you paid more than Dow Chemical.") In a truly bipartisan castigation of government corruption, she squeals (pun not intended) on Republicans and Democrats alike, making a strong case that the "military/industrial complex" that President Eisenhower warned about has become a military/industrial/legislative complex--with the legislators holding paying jobs in both the military AND the industrial groups they're supposed to regulate.

If you believe that capitalism is inherently benevolent, and that the "profit motive" never conflicts with our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then you probably won't like this book. If, however, you have unsettling suspicions that many of our nation's political actions over the past 3 decades seem to be motivated solely by money... well, this book may provide information that is useful to you. Your call. ( )
1 vote donitamblyn | Apr 23, 2008 |
The author puts out a lot of information here, so this book is very dense. It was a little hard to finish. Not a very compelling read. Somewhat weighed down with details. But then again, that’s the point. ( )
  arsmith | Jul 25, 2007 |
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Arianna Huffington, popular pundit, columnist, and author, is not known for her polite criticisms or her carefully worded complaints. In the course of Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America, the corporate CEOs, accountants, politicians, and lobbyists at who she takes aim receive little relief from their porcine characterization first intimated in the book's title. And while she is full of invective for Enron's Kenneth Lay, Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski, Dick Cheney, and others, she backs up her outrage with dollar figures, dates, names, and specific information. The voluminous research is made more digestible by Huffington's direct and often amusing writing style (she characterizes a CEO's process of getting a loan approved by a corporate board as being akin to Tony Soprano getting a loan from Paulie Walnuts). Interspersed between chapters are entertainingly informative sidebars, including quizzes on executives' avarice and games where you match the CEO to his yacht. Occasionally, Huffington's anger gets mired in name-calling, which deflates her points. And while she spends ample time and space outlining the particulars of a flawed power structure, she dedicates little time to offering practical solutions toward remedying the problems. But Huffington is not trying to write a political science textbook or a party platform. As a highly readable indictment of corporate and governmental excess, Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America is highly successful. --John Moe

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Details recent corporate scandals, and argues that they represent a tendency for the top levels of corporate management to subvert the free enterprise system and American society for their own personal advantange.

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