Matt Taibbi is the author of The Divide, the “impossible to put down” (New York Times) new book that uncovers America’s wealth gap. In his talks, Taibbi paints an alarming portrait of contemporary American life—where our basic rights are now determined by our wealth or poverty—and provides a way forward against this urgent crisis. “The Divide is not just a report from the new America; it is advocacy journalism at its finest.”—Los Angeles Times
In New York Times bestseller The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source, and unveils what we need to do to stand up against the troubling trend of the Divide. In a review of the book for BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow wrote: “Taibbi’s spectacular financial reporting for Rolling Stone set him out as the best running commentator on the financial crisis and its crimes, and The Divide—beautifully illustrated by Molly Crabapple—shows that at full length, he’s even better.” Taibbi is also the author of Griftopia, one of the most entertainingly quotable, scathing, and illuminating histories of the economic crisis. In 2008, he won the National Magazine Award for his columns in Rolling Stone (where he was a contributing editor). He was recently hired by First Look Media to launch a digital magazine focused on financial and political corruption. He is also the author of The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics and Religion.