Matt Taibbi      

Author of the New York Times Bestseller, "The Divide"

Matt Taibbi is the author of The Divide, the "impossible to put down" (New York Times) new book that uncovers America's wealth gap. In his talks, Taibbi paints an alarming portrait of contemporary American life—where our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty—and provides a way forward against this urgent crisis.

In New York Times bestseller The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source, and unveils what we need to do to stand up against the troubling trend of the Divide. In a review of the book for BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow wrote: "Taibbi's spectacular financial reporting for Rolling Stone set him out as the best running commentator on the financial crisis and its crimes, and The Divide—beautifully illustrated by Molly Crabapple—shows that at full length, he's even better."

Taibbi is also the author of Griftopia, one of the most entertainingly quotable, scathing, and illuminating histories of the economic crisis. In 2008, he won the National Magazine Award for his columns in Rolling Stone (where he was a contributing editor). He was recently hired by First Look Media to launch a digital magazine focused on financial and political corruption. He is also the author of The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics and Religion.

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The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

Over the last two decades, America has been falling deeper and deeper into a statistical mystery: Poverty goes up. Crime goes down. The prison population doubles. Fraud by the rich wipes out 40 percent of the world’s wealth. The rich get massively richer. No one goes to jail. In search of a solution, Matt Taibbi discovered the Divide, the seam in American life where our two most troubling trends—growing wealth inequality and mass incarceration—come together, driven by a dramatic shift in American citizenship: Our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty. In this talk, Taibbi takes takes audiences on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. Through astonishing—and enraging—accounts of the high-stakes capers of the wealthy and nightmare stories of regular people caught in the Divide’s punishing logic, Taibbi lays bare one of the greatest challenges we face in contemporary American life: surviving a system that devours the lives of the poor, turns a blind eye to the destructive crimes of the wealthy, and implicates us all.

Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America

Matt Taibbi eviscerates Wall Street for frauds perpetrated on the American people over the last ten years, and makes clear sense of the financial history, lingo, and outright lies that led to our current economic crisis. Blame for the bubbles and collapses is placed on a relatively small number of bankers and traders who, in Taibbi's wickedly engaging opinion, act without fear of reciprocity from a government no longer representative of its people. Taibbi asserts that the collusion between Wall Street and the White House has turned the country into a massive casino, in which working Americans are regularly bilked out of their savings and homes while the wealthy are repeatedly rewarded for their graft. Speaking with passion and fervor, Taibbi sheds light on the backroom dealings in Washington and New York, and points a way out of this mess we've let our leaders get us into.

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Matt Taibbi Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone political reporter Matt Taibbi joins HuffPost Live and gives a ringing endorsement for Senator Elizabeth Warren when it comes to the 201.

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