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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2004

    Highly Recommended!

    Investigative reporter Greg Palast is one of a kind. He delights in stinging big business and bulky government with facts both would prefer to ignore. Palast¿s strengths: his honesty, his willingness to admit he may be wrong, his sense of humor, his research and sourcing, and his unbridled passion to uncover wrongdoing. His weaknesses: his Tom Wolfe-influenced pop prose, his assumption that a conspiracy slithers beneath every log and his unbridled passion to uncover wrongdoing. He uncovers scandals such as the stolen Florida election, presidential protection of the Saudi royals right down to bin Laden¿s kin, bad energy and fiscal policy, and other mishaps and misdeeds, from the Exxon Valdez to Enron. Reading Palast is like drinking a stiff bolt of whiskey. It takes just a moment of reflection before you really start to burn. In this era of McJournalism, the citizenry needs more like him. We recommend this book to anyone growing weary of the status quo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Outstanding

    Unbelievably entertaining from begining to end. I wish there were more like Palast in the world, digging up the truth and laying in bare for all to see. A true mudt read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    AN ALL-STAR READING

    It was a New York Times bestseller, now it's destined to be an audiobook bestseller due in large part to the stellar group of actors who are giving it voice. Kind readers, please do note that whether thou leanest to the left or the right these comments are confined to the quality of the audio editions, and have absolutely nothing to do with political agendas. Both editions from Penguin, the CD version and the cassette edition, are read by the author and an outstanding group of performers, including (in alphabetical order) Ed Asner, Jello Biafra, Al Franken, Janeane Garofolo, Amy Goodman, Jim Hightower, Cynthia McKinney, Alexander Paul, and Shiva Rose. An outstanding group of experienced and gifted artists. For those unfamiliar with the author, Greg Palast is an investigative reporter for BBC Newsnight and Britain's Guardian papers. Once based on these shores we understand that he relocated to Britain where he found greater freedom of expression. In these updated editions of his previously published hardcover book he revisits some of his more groundbreaking exposes. Among these revelations are the author's take on how the Bush family stole the election in Florida, Pat Robertson, how Bush nixed the FBI's investigation of bin Laden before 9/11, how Enron lied, cheated, and wriggled its way into becoming a monopoly, plus much more. Surely no one could give voice to these stories as eloquently, passionately, and animatedly as this stellar cast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    All Americans Must Read This Book!!!!!!!!

    This book is fantastic! This book should be read by every American. I know this will never happen because most Americans like to live in a fantasy world and prefer to remain ignorant of what happens in the world as long as they have their 'reality' TV. This book is investigative reporting at its best. This is an eye opener. If you care, and dare to find out what is really going on in this world of globalization and greed, you have to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2003

    Read This Book

    Greg Palast's book should be mandatory reading for every high school junior in America. This well researched book shows while Bush talks about democracy for Iraq he is doing his best to destroy it in America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2003

    Brilliant attacks on capitalist 'ethics'

    The brilliant investigative journalist Greg Palast was the first to detail how Florida¿s Governor Jeb Bush stole the Presidential election for his brother George. He investigates the truth behind Blairite rhetoric about the inevitability of globalisation. The IMF made Tanzania charge for hospital appointments, cutting patient numbers by 53%, and charge school fees, cutting enrolment by 14%. GDP fell from $309 to $210 a head; those in abject poverty rose to 51% of the population. In Chile in 1973 unemployment was 4.3%; after ten years of Pinochet and wage cuts of 40% it was 22%. Between 1960 and 1980, when the welfare state was still the model, income per head rose by 73% in Latin America and by 34% in Africa; people lived another ten years longer. Since 1980, under the Thatcher-Reagan model, income per head in Latin America has risen by only 6%, and fell by 23% in Africa; life expectancy has fallen - which the Financial Times¿ monetarist Sam Brittan intelligently attributed to `bad luck¿. The European Community¿s secret memo `Domestic Regulation: Necessity and Transparency¿ abandons the `sovereign right of government to regulate services¿ that Trade Minister Richard Caborn promised MPs that the General Agreement on Trade in Services would observe. This won¿t just apply to what we think of as services, given that the US Government succeeded in defining bananas as services! Between 1983 and 1997, 85% of the increase in US wealth went to just 1% of the population; productivity rose by 17%, real wages fell by 3%. Blair is in the US¿s pocket. Who gained from his deals? GTech of New Jersey, Entergy of Little Rock, Reliant of Houston, Monsanto of St Louis, Wal-Mart of Arkansas, Wackenhut (the prison company) of Florida, Columbia Health Care, Bechtel of San Francisco, Enron of Houston. Palast writes, ¿In his heart, Tony Blair hates Britain.¿ In his what? If you know anyone who still doubts that capitalism and Labour are corrupt, get them this book. It provides all the evidence for indicting this government - but when are we going to act on it?

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