Arianna Huffington, a member of Oprah's SuperSoul 100, is the author of nine books, including How to Overthrow the Government. She holds a master's degree in economics from Cambridge University. Her syndicated column appears in newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, the Boston Herald, and the Dallas Morning News. She is also co-host of "Left, Right & Center," public radio's popular political roundtable program. She lives in Los Angeles with her two daughters.
Nationally syndicated columnist Huffington's greatest dilemma while writing this scathing indictment of the corporate and political culture that brought the "new economy" '90s crashing down must have been how to choose among the plethora of examples of greed, corruption, hypocrisy and political manipulation. So unsavory are the CEO villains, so unfathomable is their greed and monstrously callous is their disregard for the thousands of employees who lost jobs and savings because of them, that even the most worldly activist and most cynical political observers will be shocked by what they read here. And Huffington's indictment of the corporate culture of greed, one that she believes undermines democracy, goes far beyond the high-flying corporate figures featured in congressional investigations. Among her accusations are that U.S. drug companies allowed the African AIDS epidemic to rage in the interests of corporate profits, and that President Bush is a conspirator in the corporate disregard of the interests of the American public. This is a powerful book, brimming with wit and sulphurous satire that connects the dots among politicians, lobbyists and corporations, and demonstrates their destructive effect on the well-being of average Americans. She may well be on her way to achieving her goal of convincing readers "to join forces to storm the control room of the S.S. America." (Feb.) Forecast: With this book, Huffington should find readers among people who never thought they'd read her. On her Web site (ariannaonline.com), she explains her disillusionment with the political right, though she hasn't turned left, she says, but "beyond the standard left-right paradigm." Readers will eat this up. Look for a PW interview with Huffington in February. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
"With a passion for the truth and an eye for detail, Arianna
Huffington reports on the hijacking of democracy. Read it and
weep--then head for the barricades. We have work to do."
"A rousing call to action against special interests that have
all too often triumphed over the national interest. As only she
can, Arianna Huffington breathes energy and passion into the reform
agenda. A withering, breathtaking, quintessentially controversial
book that will inspire, inflame, and educate."
--Senator John McCain "Arianna Huffington has always been willing to speak and write with conviction about the world around her. Her sharp wit and thoughtful commentary help put issues on the agenda ignored by conventional thinkers. I'm certain, that with her powerful new book, Arianna Huffington will be stirring the waters for some time to come."
--Senator John Kerry "Arianna Huffington's project in this wonderfully scathing, wonderfully researched, wonderfully readable book is to rescue capitalism from the CEOs. Every player in the recent go-go market owes it to himself or herself to read Pigs at the Trough and agitate for the reforms that might yet save the system. "
--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "Pigs at the Trough is a great read, hilarious and horrifying. Arianna Huffington is a world-class wit who makes a Fortune 500 trip to the woodshed seem like flirting."
--Aaron Sorkin "Arianna Huffington has written the most entertaining tour guide to hell since Virgil led Dante through the Inferno. Crooked CEOs beware!"
--Bill Maher "Wonderfully incendiary and right-headed . . .Huffington is mad as hell, and rightly so."
--Esquire "Huffington indicts with precision, verve, and sparkling wit."
--Barbara Ehrenreich "Arianna Huffington makes an appealing and compelling argument for the repeal of human nature-that part of it that indulges savage, unconscionable, and despicable greed."