The Lamorinda Democratic Club, Diablo Valley Democratic Club, San Ramon Valley Democratic Club, Contra Costa Young Democrats, Tri-Valley Democratic Club, and Democrats of Rossmoor invite you to join them as author David Dayen discusses his new book on Tuesday, August 16, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center’s Community Room. The social time will begin at 7 p.m. with Dayen’s presentation to follow at 7:30 p.m. and a book signing with the author to follow at 8:30 p.m. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
"Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud" was the 2016 winner of the Ida and Studs Terkel Prize. The book tells the dramatic true story of how, 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 anti-corporate 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.
The New York Times called Dayen’s book a “gripping story of foreclosure fraud,” Publisher’s Weekly said that Dayen’s “absorbing account grabs the reader early on and doesn’t let go,” and Kirkus Reviews wrote that the book is, “an inspiring, well-rendered, deeply reported, and often infuriating account.”
Dayen, currently touring the country to support the book’s release, is a journalist who writes about economics and finance. He is a contributing writer to Salon.com and The Intercept, and writes a weekly column for The Fiscal Times and The New Republic. He also writes for The American Prospect, Vice, The Huffington Post, and more. He lives in Los Angeles, where prior to writing about politics he had a 15-year career as a television producer and editor.