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Free Lunch

How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and StickYou with the Bill)

David Cay Johnston - Author

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ISBN 9781591842484 | 336 pages | 30 Dec 2008 | Portfolio | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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Free Lunch answers the great mystery of our time: How did our strong and growing economy give way to job uncertainty, debt, bankruptcy, and fear for millions of Americans? Acclaimed reporter David Cay Johnston reveals how government policies and spending have reached deep into the wallets of the many to benefit the top 1% of the wealthiest.

He shows exactly who has been getting free lunches from the government—from $100 million to Warren Buffett, to $1.3 billion to the owners of the Yankees and Mets. But of course there’s really no such thing as a free lunch. The taxpayer always picks up the bill. With his in depth reporting, vivid stories, and sharp analysis, Johnston reveals the forces that shape our everyday economic lives—and shows us how we can finally make things better.

“A journalistic missile launched against the myth that those who mooch off the government are mostly on the lower rungs… This is a provocative, highly readable and well-documented work.”
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“As an investigative reporter, Johnston is a big-game hunter. He skewers popular plutocrats like Buffett, digs up the dirt on unsavory sources of Paris Hilton’s fortune and details Apple executive Steve Jobs’s backdated stock options thievery.”
The Nation

“If you’re concerned about congressional earmarks, hedge fund tax breaks, subsidies to sports teams, K Street lobbyists, the state of our health-care system, to say nothing of the cavernous gap between rich and poor, you’ll read this fine book—as I did—with a growing sense of outrage.”
—John C. Bogle, founder and former chairman, The Vanguard Group

“Johnston is an indefatigable reporter whose work recalls the muckraking epics of the Progressive era.”
Portland Oregonian

“An engaging look at how the superrich consistently— and outrageously—rely on public handouts while preaching about free markets and wasteful entitlement programs all the way to the bank.”
Mother Jones


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