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

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Three Rivers Press, 2003 - Business & Economics - 278 pages
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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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Review: Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America

User Review  - Kim Cano - Goodreads

I got this as a gift for my step-dad a while back since he likes these sorts of books, and he suggested I read it. Even though it was depressing I really liked it. Now when I hear friends tell me they ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Chad - Goodreads

Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington is a book that points out a major economical issue in the United states. Throughout this novel the author shows countless examples of overlooked economic flaw ... Read full review

About the author (2003)

Arianna Huffington is the cofounder and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and the author of twelve books. She is also the cohost of Left, Right, and Center, public radio's popular political roundtable program. In 2006, Arianna Huffington was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine's list of the world's hundred most influential people. She has made guest appearances on numerous television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nightline, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Today, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, and the O'Reilly Factor. Originally from Greece, she moved to the United States when she was sixteen and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters.

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