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Plunder: Investigating Our Economic Calamity and the Subprime Scandal Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1605203157 ISBN-10: 1605203157

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Books (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605203157
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605203157
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,752,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Other Comments about Danny Schechter:

"In the era of the incredibly shrinking sound bite, Producer Danny Schechter stands apart." - The Associated Press

"As News Dissector on Boston Radio, Danny Schechter literally educated a generation." - Noam Chomsky

"We need 50, 100, 1000 Danny Schechters. And we need everyone to take his words to heart." - Robert W. McChesney, Media Historian

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Emin on October 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
Danny Schechter has compiled a brilliant book based on his documentary work, In Debt We Trust, as well as his news dissector blog. Within the covers of the new book, Plunder, you will find three sections that will help you to a) understand what happened, b) what the unfolding timeline of the events were and c) why the powers that be kept news like this from us all. Speaking truth to power, Schechter has had a difficult time letting the world know just what was as plain as could be, if you really took the time to look for the sources that could be trusted. I highly encourage anyone who wants to help avert further disasters, man-made ones, to read this book in order to learn how to do it. Danny Schechter is a great teacher as well as a great news hound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Acevedo on May 8, 2009
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If you turn to CNBC, CNN or most of the major media outlets for clarity on the complex issue of our economic meltdown, you can expect anything but clarity. Danny Schechter, true to form, exposes all the cooks who had a hand in poisoning the soup we call our economy. There is plenty of blame to go around, only you wouldn't know it from the major media. The news dissector is unafraid to go beyond the usual attack on irresponsible borrowers and discuss the lucrative world of debt and its players. Get this book. I wish we had a media with many Danny Schechters. It makes it very hard to scheme when you're being watched.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wendi Barker VINE VOICE on September 10, 2009
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Perfect for : Personal Use, Someone interested in learning about the impacts to the current economy

In a nutshell: I believe that many things have led to our current economic crisis, and I also believe that we will recover. Plunder's author, Danny Schechter, provides investigative insight into some of the events that brought our economy to this point, mainly greed and dishonesty among those involved in the mortgage industry and the credit industry (seems they were able to talk many consumers into using credit cards and buying homes when they should not have been qualified for them). The author does go on to show that what has happened here in the United States is bound to turn into a Global problem in the near future. In all, this was a very informative read that gave me a lot to think about and reflect on.

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Content: While I am not an expert in economics or anything related to it, I can't claim that this is THE book to shed light on what exactly happened, but I can say that Danny Schechter has done his research and put together a lot of information regarding many contributing factors to today's economic issues, especially the mortgage crisis! I also gained insight into why our family was "qualified" for much more than we felt we could comfortably afford when we were looking for a home to buy (over the past 10 years, my husband and I purchased a first home, which we sold in order to buy our current home. In both cases, lenders tried to talk us into doubling what we wanted to pay, telling us we should buy bigger because we were "qualified" . . . boy am I glad we didn't listen to them!).

Format: The book is written in an interesting format that supports the author's claims with documentation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MACF on December 21, 2008
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Having lived in a country during a economical disaster, I could not help to try to learn more about the causes of the current global financial meltdown.
After listening Mr Schechter interview in NPR about his new book, I felt that I would be able to find the answers I was looking for.
I have to say that I have not been disappointed, and I certainly would recommend this book to anyone who struggles to find information outside the main media.
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