"My parents survived the Great Depression and taught me my most important lesson: "Work hard to earn money for the necessities in life. Don't think having lots of money or stuff makes you a better or more important person than anyone else." This book documents the incredible lengths to which people will go to acquire obscene levels of wealth. Lies, theft, murder, social and ecological devastation become means to satisfy greed. Naylor's documentation is both fascinating and horrifying and helps us understand, for example, the ludicrous subprime bubble that burst in 2008." David Suzuki
"This is a fabulous book - an engaging, fascinating, and provocative account of how upper class consumer tastes fuel underworld economies across the globe, with devastating consequences. There is no other book quite like it." Peter Andreas, Brown University
"It's a brilliant strategy: focusing not on their depredations, but their pretensions (...) I present this as an early suggestion for a Christmas present, in the tradition of jumping the gun on the season and in the rapacious spirit that motivates Naylor (to write, not accumulate). It's an appropriate gift to any of the 99 per cent." Rick Salutin, The Toronto Star
About the Author
R.T. Naylor is professor of economics at McGill University. His books include Satanic Purses, Wages of Crime, Patriots and Profiteers, and Hot Money and the Politics of Debt.