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Provocative political commentator Arianna Huffington "yanks back the curtain" on the unholy alliance of CEOs, politicians, lobbyists, and Wall Street bankers who have shown a brutal disregard for those in the office cubicles and on the factory floors. As she puts it: “The economic game is not supposed to be rigged like some shady ring toss on a carnival midway.”
Yet, as Huffington argues, it has been--allowing corporate crooks to bilk the public out of trillions of dollars, magically making pensions and 401(k)s disappear and walking away with astronomical payouts and absurdly lavish perks-for-life.
Pigs at the Trough presents the "whole picture" of what’s really going on for the first time—a scathing portrait of exactly how and why, as Huffington puts it, the worst and the greediest are running American business and government into the ground.
Tyco’s Dennis Kozlowski, Adelphia’s John Rigas, and the Three Horsemen of the Enron Apocalypse—Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling, and Andrew Fastow—are not just a few bad apples. They are, as Huffington illustrates, manifestations of a megatrend in corporate leadership—the rise of a callous and avaricious mind-set that is wildly out of whack with the core values of the average American. WorldCom, Enron, Adelphia, Tyco, AOL, Xerox, Merrill Lynch, and the other scandals are only the tip of the tip of the corruption iceberg.
Making the case that public watchdogs have become little more than obedient lapdogs, unwilling to bite the corporate hand that feeds them, Arianna Huffington turns the spotlight on the tough reforms that must be demanded from Washington. What is needed, she argues, is to go way beyond the lame Corporate Responsibility Act--only then can a stop be put to the voracious corporate predators from eating away at the very foundations of American democracy.
Powerfully indicting and well researched, Pigs at the Trough will help to frame and substantiate classroom debates about corporate fraud and its impact on the larger society.
Praise for Pigs at the Trough...
"[A] scathing indictment of the unholy alliance of CEOs, politicians, lobbyists, and Wall Street bankers..."
“A rousing call to action against special interests that have all too often triumphed over the national interest. As only she can, Arianna Huffington breathes energy and passion into the reform agenda. A withering, breathtaking, quintessentially controversial book that will inspire, inflame, and educate.”—Senator John McCain
“Arianna Huffington has always been willing to speak and write with conviction about the world around her. Her sharp wit and thoughtful commentary help put issues on the agenda ignored by conventional thinkers. I’m certain, that with her powerful new book, Arianna Huffington will be stirring the waters for some time to come.” —Senator John Kerry
“Arianna Huffington’s project in this wonderfully scathing, wonderfully researched, wonderfully readable book is to rescue capitalism from the CEOs. Every player in the recent go-go market owes it to himself or herself to read Pigs at the Trough and agitate for the reforms that might yet save the system. ”—Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.