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The Big Con is a brilliantly revealing look at how the radical ideas of a small group of economic hucksters have taken over the American political system and perverted our nation’s policies.

American politics has been hijacked. Not by “neocons” or “theocons,” but by a fringe group of economic extremists obsessed with radical ideas that favor no one but themselves and their business interests. With dark and engaging wit, Jonathan Chait shows how over the past three decades these canny zealots have gamed the political system and the media so that once unthinkable policies—without a shred of academic, expert, or even popular support—now drive the American agenda, regardless of which party is in power.

Why have these ideas succeeded in Washington? How did a subset of fringe radicals take control of American policy and sell short the country’s future? And how do they continue to do so despite repeated electoral setbacks? Chait tells the outrageous and eye-opening story, expertly explaining just how politics and economics work in Washington. Through vivid portraits of self-interested politicians and pseudo-economists, with wry analysis of their bogus theories, Chait gives us the tools to understand what’s really behind economic policy debates in Washington: a riveting drama of greed and deceit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting…Highly readable.”

    New York Times

  • “From beginning to end, Drummond’s consistency of tone and emphasis makes a lasting, positive impression.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Chait is both very serious and seriously funny as he traces the rise of conservatism over the past thirty years.”

    Michael Kinsley

  • “Who says economic policy has to be dry? [Chait] brings a lively wit and a limpid style to the topic.”

    Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor of National Review and author of The Party of Death

  • “Jonathan Chait has written a classic of political journalism…Prepare to be shocked.”

    Michael Lewis, author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, and the Blindside

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by David | 12/16/2011

    " This is a must-read for every American. Even more relevant now that our tanking economy is proving the thesis of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sabiel | 12/10/2011

    " Really awesome so far. This is guy is like Paul Krugman, only wittier. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Barron | 11/1/2011

    " Great; but honestly the "acknowledgements" page is the truly moving part of the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by David Shank | 8/5/2011

    " Surprisingly readable discussion of the issues and problems with "supply-side" economics and how an unsupported economic theory is now driving republican part policy. "

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