Chain of Title

  • by David Dayen
  • Narrated by Kaleo Griffith
  • 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the depths of the Great Recession, a cancer nurse, a car dealership worker, and an insurance fraud specialist helped uncover the largest consumer crime in American history - a scandal that implicated dozens of major executives on Wall Street. They called it foreclosure fraud: Millions of families were kicked out of their homes based on false evidence by mortgage companies that had no legal right to foreclose.
Lisa Epstein, Michael Redman, and Lynn Szymoniak did not work in government or law enforcement. They had no history of anticorporate activism. Instead they were all foreclosure victims, and while struggling with their shame and isolation they committed a revolutionary act: closely reading their mortgage documents, discovering the deceit behind them, and building a movement to expose it.
Fiscal Times columnist David Dayen recounts how these ordinary Floridians challenged the most powerful institutions in America armed only with the truth - and for a brief moment, they brought the corrupt financial industry to its knees.


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Well Told, Accessible, Essential

David Dayen is a highly respected financial news and economics journalist for a reason. He finds a way to make even the most dry and dense topics understandable while making it absolutely clear why we should all care.

"Chain of Title," his first book, is meticulously researched and is a deep dive into the foreclosure crisis but it is all viewed through the lens and lives of three regular people who instead of going quietly into the dark of foreclosure shame chose, to shine a revelatory light. Whatever you know about the foreclosure crisis sprouted, quite directly, from the questions these people asked and the shocking answers they unearthed. Heroes are those who run into the fire, into the storm, to bring others to safety. "Chain of Title" is a gripping, true-to-life rendering of the lives of heroes and the deeds of villains. And, whether you know it or not, what this handful of people discovered changed your life.
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- Pamela

Capital Corruption and Greed

A sordid, excruciatingly frustrating story of the home mortgage scandal of the last decade and the disastrous consequences wrought on many innocent Americans victimized by the incompetence and greed of the banks, mortgage service companies and rating agencies. Although many people share some responsibility for heedlessly rushing into risky financial agreements they had no business anywhere near, the banks and the predatory lending practices they spawned as a result of the securitization of home mortgages deserve most of the blame for the misery they caused. Exceptionally well written and narrated this is a serious learning experience for all.
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- Anthony Freyberg

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-17-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios