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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (165 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James D. Scurlock Narrator: James D. Scurlock Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Foreclosures are hitting record highs; Americans are declaring bankruptcy at rates ten times that during the Great Depression; more college students drop out because of debts than due to poor grades; reports of debtor suicides proliferate in the media. In other words, it's a great time to be in the banking business.

Maxed Out takes us on a road trip that is sometimes hysterical and often horrifying: from Las Vegas to the Bible Belt, from the backwoods to inner cities where the world's largest financial giants troll for their next victims. Welcome to a country populated by debt pirates, corporate predators, human credit card billboards, debt evangelists, mega-million dollar spec homes, and, of course, trillions of dollars of easy credit. Combining startling facts with even more startling examinations of individuals, institutions, the government, and modern religion, James Scurlock exposes very real, potentially disastrous systems and policies that are drowning millions of Americans in a flood of easy credit.

Expanding on his award-winning documentary of the same name, hailed as "scathing" and "unusually entertaining" by Newsweek and Variety, Maxed Out confirms that Scurlock is an author "as fiendishly clever as the banks and credit card companies he goes after" (Barbara Ehrenreich, bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed).

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 1/19/2014

    " America is messed up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Amy | 1/15/2014

    " Very interesting book. I was shocked to hear the basis of credit scores and how the lending/credit companies work. Eesh... The stories are heartbreaking, and being one who tried to fill a void in her life by using plastic, I know how easy it is to find yourself in that trap. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Chris | 1/10/2014

    " It wasn't the greatest book ever, but if you into social issues and economics, you might like this one. It isn't a heavy read, but did add a few new insights that I hadn't heard before. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian | 1/4/2014

    " By now, everyone should know about the perils of easy credit and the promises that your home's value will always go up. But James Scurlock saw this coming before many of us did, and warned about it in his documentary and book. The book provides a brief but damning history of how credit came to dominate our lives, along with a ton of examples of how the financial giants screw us at every turn, including, of course, buying politicians who are more than willing to sell their votes to deregulate the industry. But the book's strength is its focus on the people behind the statistics. People like the army girl, now in the brig because she tried to save her marriage by charging things on her army plastic (standard issue, of course). People like the college kids who committed suicide after running up credit card debt, all because those credit card companies gave them a free t-shirt when pitching their wares on campus (I particularly felt the pain for those kids, having been too close to that myself). Maxed Out is a must read (or must see, for the DVD lovers out there) for anyone who thinks they're alone in the fight against their lenders, or frankly, just anyone who lives in our consumer-based society today. "

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