Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit

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Scaldingly honest, impeccably researched and movingly written, ‘MAXED OUT’ is, as ‘FAST FOOD NATION’ was to the food industry, the book the captains of the debt industry wish you would never read.

‘Maxed Out’ is a groundbreaking work that targets the debt industry and how it is fundamentally re-shaping our lives through misleading, unethical, insidious and sometimes illegal practices designed to bury us under ever higher amounts of debt.

The book provides a fascinating and shocking look at how today's credit merchants are trying to get virtually everyone into the credit game. Although the poor are especially targeted by the industry in the hopes that they will become lifelong credit addicts, everyone from university students to grandmothers are under assault from debt companies offering easy access to all the material comforts we can imagine, with our dreams just a swipe away from coming true.

‘Maxed Out’ shows how, you, the average citizen is courted, wooed and tempted every day into buying something on credit, as well as what happens when the day arrives when you can no longer make your minimum monthly payment.

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On ‘Maxed Out’, the movie:

'Powerfully moving. No wonder folks are cheering.' Toronto Star

‘With equal measures of righteous outrage and sardonic wit, Scurlock illuminates the dark side of capitalism by examining the worst abuses of the consumer-lending industry.' Variety

‘Takes a scathing look at the lending industry and reveals the tragic consequences of excessive consumer debt.' Newseek

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Iin Maxed Out James Scurlock takes us on a road trip that is sometimes
hysterical and often horrifying - from Las Vegas to London, from bible belt
to inner cities where the world's largest financial giants stalk their
next victims. Welcome to a cutlure populated by debt pirates, corporate
predators, human credit-card billboards, debt evangelists, mega
million-pound flats, and, of course, trillions of pounds of easy credit.
Combining shocking facts with tough examinations of individuals,
institutions, the government, and modern religion, Scurlock separates the
myths - "good debt" and "bad debt" -from harsh reality: corporations
partnering with collegues to target students; credit reports riddled with
errors thatwill never be fixed; and death, for many of those in trouble, as
the only way out. Maxed Out takes readers on a wickedly smart and
entertaining tour of what one interviewee calls "the last taboo".

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