In this riveting account of the mishandling of the TARP bailout fund, a former federal prosecutor offers behind-the-scenes proof of the corrupt ways Washington officials serve the interests of Wall Street.
In this bracing, page-turning account of his stranger-than-fiction baptism into the corrupted ways of Washington, Neil Barofsky offers an irrefutable insider indictment of the mishandling of the $700 billion TARP bailout fund. During the height of the financial crisis in 2008, Barofsky gave up his job in the esteemed US Attorney’s Office in New York City to become the special inspector general overseeing the spending of the bailout money. But from day one his efforts to protect against fraud and to hold the big banks accountable were met with outright hostility from Treasury officials. Bailout is a riveting account of Barofsky’s plunge into the political meat grinder of Washington, and a vital revelation of just how captured by Wall Street our political system is and why the banks have only become bigger and more dangerous in the wake of the crisis.
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This is a must read book. Not only is it engaging, but it made the complexities of the bailout clear and understandable. Most importantly, it made me angry. As a life long Democrat, I am furious at how the Treasury Department in a Demoratic Administration had (and probably still has) such little regard for home owners and others on "Main Street" USA but bent over backwards to bailout the banks and help the bankers get richer.
This book is well worth the time to read.
It bothers me to know that their are so many politicians that have so little regard for the American publics opinion and taxpayer. But to know that their are a few Barofsky's out there fighting for what is right gives me some relief. This book is an eye opener.
Shines a bright light on the incredible incompetence and politically motivated favoritism given Wall Street and the horrific injustice imposed on homeowners the TARP programs were supposedly designed to help and protect. Clearly emphasizes the Treasury's consistent, and often successful, attempts at blocking transparency and accountability, and their refusal to consider virtually any attempt to avoid fraud by financial institutions, but still leaves us wondering why.