Interview with David Dayen, Author of Chain of Title
The Massachusetts Foreclosure Law Blog is pleased to present an interview with David Dayen, author of Chain of Title, a new book about the foreclosure crisis. Chain of Title is an account of how three ordinary Americans uncovered foreclosure fraud in the wake of the ongoing foreclosure crisis. I started it during the Memorial Day weekend and recommend it as a great resource on foreclosure defense.
Please tell us about your background and what inspired you to write Chain of Title.
I had a career in film and television production when I discovered political blogging back in 2004. I got more and more interested in it and then in 2009 started to work for a popular website of the time named Firedoglake writing political and news stories. The foreclosure crisis was this critical yet under-covered event in American life, affecting so much of our economy. I worked on stories about nightmares in the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) and then heard about foreclosure fraud. Lisa, Michael and Lynn ran the most comprehensive websites about the scandal, and became sources of mine after I met them at a one-day conference about foreclosure fraud in late 2010. When I heard their stories about moving from foreclosure victims to activists, I knew it would be a great way to tell the story of the financial crisis at the ground level.
What is the most shocking thing you under covered while researching and writing Chain of Title?
Check out the rest of the interview here…