BUSINESS
07/22/2013 08:00 am ET

Wall Street Takes Simple Law, Makes It The Equivalent Of 28 Russian Novels (PHOTOS)

Leo Tolstoy has nothing on Wall Street lobbyists.

The Russian novelist only wrote "War and Peace," a 560,000-word novel. The lobbyists, in contrast, have helped turn the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into a 15 million word battleship anchor -- 28 times as large as "War and Peace," according to the Davis Polk law firm.

And the reform bill is only 39 percent complete! Yet it already contains 13,789 pages of rules and regulations (distinct from the original 848-page bill signed by President Obama on July 21, 2010).

Here, let us help you visualize all of this by stacking 28 copies of "War and Peace" on top of one another, the current size of the law:

war and peace
war and peace
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war and peace
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(Hat tip: The Hill)

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