Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America

Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America

by Arianna Huffington
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Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America by Arianna Huffington

Who filled the trough? Who set the table at the banquet of greed? How has it been possible for corporate pigs to gorge themselves on grossly inflated pay packages and heaping helpings of stock options while the average American struggles to make do with their leftovers?

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 it has been, allowing corporate crooks to bilk the public out of trillions of dollars, magically making our pensions and 401(k)s disappear and walking away with astronomical payouts and absurdly lavish perks-for-life.

The media have put their fingers on pieces of the sordid puzzle, but Pigs at the Trough presents the whole ugly picture of what’s really going on for the first time—a blistering, wickedly witty portrait of exactly how and why 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 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 our 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 we must demand from Washington. We need, she argues, to go way beyond the lame Corporate Responsibility Act if we are to stop the voracious corporate predators from eating away at the very foundations of our democracy.

Devastatingly funny and powerfully indicting, Pigs at the Trough is a rousing call to arms and a must-read for all those who are outraged by the scandalous state of corporate America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400051267
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 01/27/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 566,072
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Arianna Huffington, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is the author of nine books, including How to Overthrow the Government. She holds a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University. Her syndicated column appears in newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald, and the Dallas Morning News. She is also co-host of “Left, Right & Center,” public radio’s popular political roundtable program. She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters.

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Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption are Undermining America 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I have ever read in my life! I think its an inspiration for my children because little johnny vanished last week. And little billy can express his homosexuallity infront of strangers, plus my husband thinks its great to talk about pigs and politics! Same thing, am I right!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very informative and reveals some truth that is not known to many Americans about politicians and coporate executives. Sometimes the material covered seemed redundant because she expresses in great length the scandals done by Ebbers and other notable CEO crooks. The author airs out some dirty laundry on corporate crooks, sometimes attacking President Bush and other times just the general system. After reading the book it makes the reader compelled to stay more informed and take action into revitalizing America's future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book... but have an ample suypply of antacids and aspirin nearby when you do. Huffington's ability to cut through the obfuscation of The Devil's Twins (Big Business and increasingly-unregulated Big Government, working claw in bloody claw) is staggering. Anyone who can read this book and not be sickened and enraged must be a pol feeding at the trough, a corporate CEO (or minion of theirs--the most-vile lobbyist) or simply not able to understand--or accept--reality. This is not just an indictment of W and his crony politics, though he certainly gets his due. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book and has some lessons for us all. There are other corporate leaders to learn from about how we can avoid this greed and corruption, like Nissan's Carlos Ghosn (Turnaround: How Carlos Ghosn Rescued Nissan).
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jpalyman More than 1 year ago
This book is very revealing about what is happening at some corporations in America. The greed of CEO's, the questionable accounting practices, and the blurring of lines between Sales and Research and Development. Very informative, and a good read.