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The author has done an excellent job in demonstrating that the major subprime lenders,the great majority being concentrated in or near Orange County ,California,such as R Arnall’s Ameriquest and A Mazilo’s Countrywide,were engaged in a pattern ,repeated over and over again thousands of times,of deliberate misrepresentation,forgery and fraud.The goal was to misinform potential buyers seeking fixed rate loans so that they could be manipulated and maneuvered into signing variable rate adjustable loans with initial ,low ,teaser rates that would then increase dramatically after 2-5 years.The basic sales pitch was the old ” bait and switch ” gambit. The author demonstrates that the major subprime lenders especially targeted older,elderly,single, black women with low incomes who owned their homes outright and /or had low fixed rate mortgages on their homes ,but who were either in poor health and/or seeking loans to upgrade /fix up their homes.
This was a strong book. Strong in the sense of well documented and researched, and strong in vivid detail and tone. The author says he has been covering predatory lending since the early 90’s and I can believe it. He has many anecdotes, many stories of individuals being defrauded, and many interviews of persons who worked for predatory lenders. This is the first writing of any kind I can find to enable me to understand predatory lending, as opposed to just dumb subprime lending. This understanding arose when the author cited statistics that show 99.75% of these lenders’ loans were not to purchase a house but to people who already owned a house. The book conveys in very strong detail the ways in which First Alliance and Ameriquest “preyed” on elderly, minority, sometimes incompetent homeowners and tricked them into putting their homes at risk for loans that were unnecessary, more expensive than called for and in many cases based on fraudulent documentation.

“Magnificently and heartbreakingly told. . . . [Hudson] shows vividly that really filthy, face-to-face fraud and hard-sell bullying . . . brought the economy down around our ears.”—The Boston Globe

In this page-turning, true-crime exposé, award-winning reporter Michael W. Hudson reveals the story of the rise and fall of the biggest subprime lender and Wall Street’s biggest patron of subprime: Ameriquest and Lehman Brothers. They did more than any other institutions to produce the biggest financial scandal in American history.

It’s a tale populated by a remarkable cast of characters: a shadowy billionaire who created the subprime industry out of the ashes of the 1980s S&L scandal; insatiable Wall Street executives; ensnared home owners; investigators who tried to expose the fraud; politicians who turned a blind eye; and, most of all, the drug-snorting, high-living salesman who tell all about the money they made, the lies they told, the deals they closed.

Provocative and gripping, The Monster is a searing look at the bottom-feeding fraud and top-down greed that fueled the financial collapse.The author has done an excellent job in demonstrating that the major subprime lenders,the great majority being concentrated in or near Orange County ,California,such as R Arnall’s Ameriquest and A Mazilo’s Countrywide,were engaged in a pattern ,repeated over and over again thousands of times,of deliberate misrepresentation,forgery and fraud.The goal was to misinform potential buyers seeking fixed rate loans so that they could be manipulated and maneuvered into signing variable rate adjustable loans with initial ,low ,teaser rates that would then increase dramatically after 2-5 years.The basic sales pitch was the old ” bait and switch ” gambit. The author demonstrates that the major subprime lenders especially targeted older,elderly,single, black women with low incomes who owned their homes outright and /or had low fixed rate mortgages on their homes ,but who were either in poor health and/or seeking loans to upgrade /fix up their homes.
This was a strong book. Strong in the sense of well documented and researched, and strong in vivid detail and tone. The author says he has been covering predatory lending since the early 90’s and I can believe it. He has many anecdotes, many stories of individuals being defrauded, and many interviews of persons who worked for predatory lenders. This is the first writing of any kind I can find to enable me to understand predatory lending, as opposed to just dumb subprime lending. This understanding arose when the author cited statistics that show 99.75% of these lenders’ loans were not to purchase a house but to people who already owned a house. The book conveys in very strong detail the ways in which First Alliance and Ameriquest “preyed” on elderly, minority, sometimes incompetent homeowners and tricked them into putting their homes at risk for loans that were unnecessary, more expensive than called for and in many cases based on fraudulent documentation.

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