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Infiltrated: How to Stop the Insiders and Activists Who Are Exploiting the Financial Crisis to Control Our Lives and Our Fortunes Hardcover – August 6, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007181695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071816953
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jay W. Richards, PhD, is coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Indivisible and author of Money, Greed, and God, which won a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award. He is the Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute.


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Easy to read and well documented, would recommend to anyone.
jean-francois cousinet
This is a very thorough examination of the financial crisis that clearly explains the truth of government collusion and policy that caused the 2008 meltdown.
Alden Butcher
The author makes like maybe three decent points, and then repeats them over and over again - pretty annoying and comes off as shrill.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Cleo T on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
An important and surprisingly engaging book. Like most other Americans, I'd bought into the idea that the 2008 crash was caused by out-of-control bankers and mortgage brokers, and elaborate, opaque financial products. Richards makes a compelling case that the blame lies elsewhere -- largely with government policy -- and therefore the legislative "solutions" thundering down on us are actually setting us up for an even worse crisis. His portraits and stories of key players in our ongoing national drama are eye-opening and fresh. He also offers some commonsense solutions to the mess we're in. Highly recommended.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Lee on August 17, 2013
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This book is sure to become an important part of the national conversation! I expect we'll see this author arguing his perspective on major televison shows very soon, and I look forward to it. Jay Richards easy style and intense research makes this book perfect for leading us through the morass of issues surrounding the financial crisis. The intriguing stories right from the beginning make it a pleasure to read. And least we be fooled, Richards makes sure we understand that the cause of this catastrophe is still alive and well and hiding in plain sight.This is an important book for all who want to see a brighter future.
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Witt on August 6, 2013
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I have read this cover to cover and can say without reservation that this is a hugely engaging and ground-breaking book, a must-read for anyone interested in our country's slide into statism. While we've been focused on Obamacare and the runaway debt, an unholy marriage of Democrats, do-gooders and well-heeled Wall Street insiders looking to tilt the playing field unfairly in their favor are posing perhaps an even greater threat to the American Experiment.

For those who follow free market writers closely, it's well known that government interventions in the financial markets, rather than too much economic freedom, fueled the housing bubble and paved the way to the subsequent housing collapse and financial crisis. Infiltrated beautifully summarizes this important reality in a single chapter, but it's in two other areas where I find the book a must-read. The first is the book's often novel-like descriptions of the characters and tactics that led from small beginnings to the Leviathan creature that is Dodd-Frank. Understanding the opposition -- their strategies and appeal, their cynicisms and idealism -- is crucial to mounting a successful counterattack.

The second reason I find the work a must-read for defenders of American liberty is the way it explains how activists and politicians have used the financial crisis to double down on precisely the big-government hyper-regulatory "solutions" that got us into the financial crisis in the first place.

The book explains all of this with the sort of accessible, engaging prose that characterized Richards' previous bestseller, Indivisible. The new book goes on to lay out a highly practical blueprint for mounting a successful counteroffensive. Read Infiltrated and let other know about it. Ignorance is only bliss for the insiders and activists who hold the keys to kingdom of crony socialism that they are quietly building right under our noses.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By wanttoknowmore on August 15, 2013
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Having suffered myself through the financial crisis (of which I had nothing to do with it), I really didn't believe it was all about Wall Street.This book was a pretty good read and I think it starts to help bring out how good intentions can go really bad and how people with an agenda can turn a bad situation into something useful for their cause. Not everyone is qualified to own a house. And simply believing that allowing some people to own a home who really didn't do the things personally to make that happen (like taking personal responsibility in getting educated, like working the same job for more than a year, and taking some responsibility for their life choices),is going to be the magic formula to make their life better is pretty naive.I think Mr. Richards is making some important points that will surely draw the ire of liberals & progressives. The bottom line, everyone is entitled to an opportunity to own a home, not everyone deserves to own a home.I think Mr. Richards helps expose how the activists have manipulated and hoodwink the country as to what they really want.I'm glad it popped up on my new read list.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sunnysarah on August 20, 2013
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What an enlightening read. it may be controversial -- and maybe not so popular in some arenas, but it was really interesting to see another side of the story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luis Ayala on September 14, 2013
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JW Richards is on point, when addressing the real people responsible for the housing meltdown. These folks should be in jail and not being promoted to these high positions in our government. You wonder, why so many people have lost their trust in our government, except those that depend on a hand out. I look for the day that people are held accountable for their decisions, that effect the lives of millions of our citizens.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alden Butcher on September 14, 2013
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This is a very thorough examination of the financial crisis that clearly explains the truth of government collusion and policy that caused the 2008 meltdown. Thanks for this excellent work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jc123 on October 3, 2013
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I've always felt that the line about "greed" causing the financial meltdown in 2008 was a useless answer. It would be like seeing a huge spike in crime rates and explaining it by saying "evil" caused it. Not helpful. So I really liked this book `cuz it gave fascinating background stories to the people, the policies, and the perfect storm that was created for a financial disaster just waiting to happen. Good book!
(Also, I wonder if the author Jay Richards has written anything about the awful state of student loans right now--that to me looks a lot like the real estate market house of cards before 2008.)
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