Capitol Punishment

Capitol Punishment

The Hard Truth About Washington Corruption From America's Most Notorious Lobbyist

eBook - 2011
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The name Jack Abramoff is synonymous with Washington scandal, but the fascinating facts of his case are either largely unknown or wildly misunderstood. His memoir will serve as a corrective - an engrossing, informative work of political nonfiction that is also a gripping real-life thriller. The biggest surprise twist comes in the form of Abramoff himself, a smart, funny, charming, clear-eyed narrator who confounds every expectation of the media's villainous portrait. He's a perfect bundle of contradictions: an Orthodox Jew and upstanding family man with a staunch moral streak, caught in multiple scandals of bribery and corruption with an undercurrent of murder. Abramoff represented Indian tribes whose lucrative casinos were constantly under threat from proposed changes in law; though he charged the tribes many millions, he saved them billions by ensuring votes to support the livelihoods of their reservations. Much of Jack's share was funneled not into his own coffers, but to charities. Abramoff on the front pages could not be further from the Jack Abramoff who's ready to tell his honest and compelling story.
Publisher: [United States] : BookBaby : Made available through hoopla, 2011
ISBN: 9781618424495
1618424491
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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StarGladiator
Jun 14, 2014

Oh lordy, another book of pure fiction by a publisher owned by a hedge fund --- why do they continue to claim hedge funds are about super-profit? And Abramoff has never been an Orthodox Jew, what a complete load!

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fpm
Aug 04, 2012

Throughout most of the book, the author extolls his trouncing of any opponent. Only in the last chapter does he seriously discuss how what he had done was legally and morally corrupt - and even then, he blames "the system".

His values continue to be extreme right-wing. He scorns anyone with different opinions unless they serve his purposes - including moderates from his own party. His actions don't inspire me to thnk favorably of those values.

The one (limited) benefit of reading this book is learning of some of the ways in which our political system is compromised by the current lobbying/financial system. He's that "bad example" that we might learn from.

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