FDL Book Salon Welcome Les Leopold, How to Make a Million Dollars an Hour: Why Hedge Funds Get Away With Siphoning Off America’s Wealth

By: Saturday March 2, 2013 1:59 pm

Leopold doesn’t technically explain exactly how to go into the business of making a million dollars an hour, or even the $842,788 an hour average the top ten hedge fund managers made in 2010. The closest this book comes to financial self-help is Leopold’s fascinating chapter on Jim Cramer, wherein the hedge fund manager and CNBC personality repeatedly hammers home the importance of breaking the law. But for all the wage-earning suckers who hadn’t figured out that critical “bottom line” of success in 21st century America yet, that’s a pretty good place to start.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Daniel Altman, Sabotoge: How the Republican Party Crippled America’s Economic Recovery

By: Sunday August 12, 2012 1:59 pm

My initial reaction to Sabotage: How the Republican Party Crippled America’s Economic Recovery was an incredulous, “Jeez, will anyone really get snookered into blaming the Republicans for that at this point in affairs?” And then yesterday happened, and we all realized we’d probably have to vote for Obama again, because the conservatives will always be better at the whole “nihilism” thing than liberals. This book is a useful source of the talking points Democratic Party operatives will repeat so relentlessly between now and November they might actually succeed in dissuading any self-respecting leftist who can still afford cable from voting at all.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Charles Ferguson, Predator Nation: Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

By: Saturday June 23, 2012 1:59 pm

Charles Ferguson is a former Clinton Administration policy consultant and Brookings Institution senior fellow with a lifetime membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and a political science PhD from MIT. What enabled a guy with such impeccable establishment bona fides to make a documentary as comprehensively censorious of The System as Inside Job, the Academy Award-winning 2010 documentary about How It All Went To Hell is, I suspect in part, because he has also done considerable time in Silicon Valley, having founded the company that developed the web software Front Page before selling out to try his hand at filmmaking.

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