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Bad Paper

(2014)
A non fiction book by

 
 
The Federal Trade Commission receives more complaints about rogue debt collecting than about any activity besides identity theft. Dramatically and entertainingly, Bad Paper reveals why. It tells the story of Aaron Siegel, a former banking executive, and Brandon Wilson, a former armed robber, who become partners and go in quest of "paper" - the uncollected debts that are sold off by banks for pennies on the dollar. As Aaron and Brandon learn, the world of consumer debt collection is an unregulated shadowland where operators often make unwarranted threats and even collect debts that are not theirs.

Introducing an unforgettable cast of strivers and rogues, Jake Halpern chronicles their lives as they manage high-pressure call centers, hunt for paper in Las Vegas casinos, and meet in parked cars to sell the social security numbers and account information of unsuspecting consumers. He also tracks a "package" of debt that is stolen by unscrupulous collectors, leading to a dramatic showdown with guns in a Buffalo corner store. Along the way, he reveals the human cost of a system that compounds the troubles of hardworking Americans and permits banks to ignore their former customers. The result is a vital expose that is also a bravura feat of storytelling.



Used availability for Jake Halpern's Bad Paper

Hardback Editions

October 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Author(s): Jake Halpern
ISBN: 0-374-10823-4 / 978-0-374-10823-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bad Paper: Inside the Secret World of Debt Collectors
Author(s): Jake Halpern
ISBN: 1-250-07633-1 / 978-1-250-07633-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

October 2014 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Author(s): Jake Halpern
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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October 2014 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Author(s): Jake Halpern
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
Availability: Amazon CA   


October 2014 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Author(s): Jake Halpern
ISBN: 1-62923-877-5 / 978-1-62923-877-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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October 2014 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Author(s): Jake Halpern
ISBN: 1-62923-881-3 / 978-1-62923-881-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
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Kindle Editions

January 2016 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Author(s): Farrar Straus And Giroux, Jake Halpern
Publisher: Farrar Straus And Giroux
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October 2014 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Bad Paper: Chasing Debt from Wall Street to the Underworld
Author(s): Jake Halpern
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA