Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date: March 2007
Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes
Foreclosures are hitting record highs; Americans are declaring bankruptcy at rates ten times that during the Great Depression; more college students drop out because of debts than due to poor grades; reports of debtor suicides proliferate in the media. In other words, it's a great time to be in the banking business.
Maxed Out takes us on a road trip that is sometimes hysterical and often horrifying: from Las Vegas to the Bible Belt, from the backwoods to inner cities where the world's largest financial giants troll for their next victims. Welcome to a country populated by debt pirates, corporate predators, human credit card billboards, debt evangelists, mega-million dollar spec homes, and, of course, trillions of dollars of easy credit. Combining startling facts with even more startling examinations of individuals, institutions, the government, and modern religion, James Scurlock exposes very real, potentially disastrous systems and policies that are drowning millions of Americans in a flood of easy credit.
Expanding on his award-winning documentary of the same name, hailed as 'scathing' and 'unusually entertaining' by Newsweek and Variety, Maxed Out confirms that Scurlock is an author 'as fiendishly clever as the banks and credit card companies he goes after' (Barbara Ehrenreich, bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed).