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Pigs at the Trough Hardcover – January 14, 2003
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Most of the compensation and under-the-table dealings are presented clearly and backed up with solid evidence, but it's all in the form of anecdotes. The information is packaged in 2- to 3-page mini-essays (one per corporate pig), and each paragraph follows the same pattern: a couple sentences of exposition and always a sarcastic bon mot to wrap it up.
Basically, Huffington's writing is just a transcription of spoken interview-style comments: short, pithy, and capped with a memorable sound bite. This works well on radio and TV, but it makes written prose seem choppy and unfocused.
This does not detract from the validity of her accounts, mind you; there's no doubt that CEOs are basically running the economy for their own benefit at the expense of the rest of us. The favors they do themselves and each other are fully documented here and should galvanize the working class to action.
Unfortunately, Huffington makes little effort to weave any kind of coherent theme or overarching pattern into these anecdotes. They stand alone as specific complaints, and the final section on "what action is needed" reflects this lack of deeper analysis. The call to action seems limp, consisting of little more than a generic "get involved" message and a list of grassroots-action groups you can join. These are worthy causes, beyond doubt-but Huffington doesn't really have anything new to say about economic abuses that are (by now) common knowledge.