Matthew C. Taibbi is an American author and journalist. Taibbi has reported on politics, media, finance, and sports, and has authored several books, including Insane Clown President , The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap , Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America and The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics, and Religion .Early life and educationTaibbi was born in 1970 to Mike Taibbi, an NBC television reporter, and his wife. According to Matt, his surname Taibbi is a Sicilian name of Lebanese/Arabic origin, but his father, who is partly of Filipino-Hawaiian descent, was adopted as a child by a Sicilian-American couple who possessed the surname. He grew up in the Boston, Massachusetts suburbs. He attended Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1992 from Bard College located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.