The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blindby David Cay Johnston, Todd McLaren
David Cay Johnston has made a name for himself as the defender of the common man, calling out the rich and powerful for cheating the system at the expense of everyone else. Whether he's exposing unjust loopholes in the tax code that help the rich get richer or pointing out how powerful corporations pocket government subsidies at excessive taxpayer expense, Johnston
David Cay Johnston has made a name for himself as the defender of the common man, calling out the rich and powerful for cheating the system at the expense of everyone else. Whether he's exposing unjust loopholes in the tax code that help the rich get richer or pointing out how powerful corporations pocket government subsidies at excessive taxpayer expense, Johnston is an eloquent town crier for justice and equality. Now this bestselling author has turned his attention to the sneaky stipulations hidden in the fine print of just about every contract and government rule. Johnston has been known to whip out a utility bill-any utility bill-and explain line by line what all that mumbo jumbo actually means (and it doesn't mean anything good, unless you happen to be the utility company). Within all that jargon, disclosed in accordance with all requirements to you, the unsuspecting customer, lie the tools many companies use to rob you blind. Even worse is what's missing-all the contractually binding clauses that companies hide elsewhere, yet still enforce. The Fine Print is essential listening for anyone who wants to wrest power back from devious corporations and end their longstanding consumer abuse.
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“If you enjoy learning about the dirty little secrets behind the ways powerful businesses make their profits, you probably will like this book.”
—The Washington Post
Meet the Author
David Cay Johnston is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the author of books including the New York Times bestsellers Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch.
Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos, narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E and the History Channel, and films.
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Johnston brings up many points that cost American people and companies excessive money. It will help you understand how we have created the mess that we are in. Primarily he is saying a couple things that I took away; large corporations have excessive influence on what and how something is over regulated or insufficiently regulated & many of our important services (utilities and transportation) are essentially monopolies. Money buys power and influence which is pretty much common knowledge.
David Cay Johnston continues to amaze. I'm learning much about how Goverment and Corporations bilk the common family out of funds that should go to the betterment of all society.
I just heard about this guy on NPR. This guy is so cool.