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Matt Taibbi is one of the sharpest and funniest writers covering politics today. His books take on major injustices facing the United States and the world today.
His latest The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap dives deep into the nature of America’s income disparity.
His writing in Rolling Stone has earned him accolades for his relentless pursuit of the actors behind the late 2000s financial meltdown. It was his description of Goldman Sachs as “a great vampire squid relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money” that was taken up as a banner image of the crisis’ villains. That work on the financial crisis was captured in his 2010 book, Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America.
His other books contain the same sharp investigative instincts, including the much praised 2009 book The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion. In 2008 Taibbi won the National Magazine Award for his column in Rolling Stone, where he continues his scathing and insightful writing to this day.