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September – December 2020 –Big Dirty Money Zoom Book Tour

Follow the Dirty Money . . . .

 

November 9 at 9 p.m ET:

Panelist at L.A. Times Book Festival at Pages a Bookstore, Manhattan Beach, CA
Topic: “What’s Next? The State of the American Economy.” [Panel Details] [Register here]
Moderator: Kimbriell Kelly
Panelists: Mehrsa Baradaran, Sarah Chayes, and Jennifer Taub

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October 14 at 7 p.m. ET:
Jennifer Taub in conversation with Amy Siskind of the New Agenda. Virtual event at the Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley, MA

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October 6 at 6 p.m ET:
Virtual expert panel discussion of BIG DIRTY MONEY hosted by Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C.. [Register here].

Julie Zebrak, panel moderator, is a DC attorney and political consultant.
Jesse Eisinger is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, ProPublica editor, and author of The Chickenshit Club.
Barb McQuade is a former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, MSNBC legal expert, and University of Michigan law professor.
Elie Mystal is the Justice correspondent at The Nation
Joyce Vance is the former US Attorney for the Norther District of Alabama, MSNBC legal expert, and University of Alabama law professor

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September 30 at 5 p.m ET.:
The Center for Social Justice is excited to host WNE Professor Jennifer Taub via Zoom in conversation with Helaine Olen from the Washington Post for a celebration of Taub’s new book––Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime, Springfield, MA [Sign up here]

 

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September 29 at 7 p.m ET.:
Broadside Bookshop, Northampton, MA Link here 

 

Big Dirty Money

Big Dirty Money

There is an elite crime spree happening in America, and the privileged perps are getting away with it. Selling loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk can lead to a choke hold arrest and death. But if you’re in the 1 percent and commit mail, wire, or bank fraud; embezzle pension funds; lie to the FBI; obstruct justice; bribe a public official; launder money; or cheat on your taxes, you’re likely to get off scot-free (or even win an election). If caught and convicted, say, for bribing your kid’s way into college, you might make a brief stop in a minimum-security “Club Fed” camp. Operate the scam from the executive suite of a giant corporation, and you can prosper with impunity.

This is not victimless crime. Big Dirty Money goes beyond the headlines (of which there is no shortage—Wells Fargo, Theranos, Purdue Pharma) to detail the scandalous ways that all the rest of us suffer when the well-heeled use white collar crime to gain and sustain wealth, social status, and political influence. Profiteers caused the mortgage meltdown and the prescription opioid crisis. They’ve evaded taxes and depleted public funds for education, public health, and infrastructure. The financial cost to victims for fraud and embezzlement alone is as much as $800 billion a year.

Jennifer Taub sounds an alarm we ignore at our country’s peril. The solutions include strengthening prosecutorial muscle, protecting journalists and whistleblowers, challenging the “too big to jail” syndrome, and overturning the growing implicit immunity of the upper class. This urgent book should enrage—and engage—consumers, citizens, and everybody who believes no one is above the law.