Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores

Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores

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by Greg Palast
     
 

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The New York Times bestselling author of Armed Madhouse offers a globetrotting, Sam Spade-style investigation that blows the lid off the oil industry, the banking industry, and the governmental agencies that aren't regulating either.

This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process—a story

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The New York Times bestselling author of Armed Madhouse offers a globetrotting, Sam Spade-style investigation that blows the lid off the oil industry, the banking industry, and the governmental agencies that aren't regulating either.

This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process—a story that spans the globe and decades.

For Vultures' Picnic, investigative journalist Greg Palast has spent his career uncovering the connection between the world of energy (read: oil) and finance. He's built a team that reads like a casting call for a Hollywood thriller—a Swiss multilingual investigator, a punk journalist, and a gonzo cameraman—to reveal how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and, most interestingly, veiled connections between the financial industry and energy titans. Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets for Big Oil.

With Palast at the center of an investigation that takes us from the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, Vultures' Picnic shows how the big powers in the money and oil game slip the bonds of regulation over and over again, and simply destroy the rules that they themselves can't write—and take advantage of nations and everyday people in the process.

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Having spent decades studying oil and money, Palast puts together a case that tragedies like the recent Gulf oil spill result from the corrupt connection between oil giants and the financial institutions (e.g., the World Bank) beholden to them. Expect heavy-duty investigative journalism (in the mode of Palast's New York Times best-selling The Best Democracy Money Can Buy), as well as a Sam Spade-style narrative of journalistic derring-do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525952077
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/14/2011
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.34(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Born in Los Angeles, he is a reporter for BBC Television's premier current affairs program, Newsnight. Palast lives in New York City.

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Vultures' Picnic 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
RussellBurlingame More than 1 year ago
After nearly a decade spent building a public persona based around (apt) comparisons to Same Spade, BBC journalist Greg Palast has finally given us a book that provides a plot and supporting characters to match. In this hard-to-put-down work of pulp nonfiction, Palast's heroes are journalists, researchers, photographers and whistleblowers and his villains are the villains of tomorrow's headlines. As with Palast's previous work, where he was ahead of the pitch on Kenneth Lay and BP, the vulture's and their ilk are sure to finally catch the attention of the mainstream media in another couple of years, after Palast has made their methods transparent and they've committed one or two more grievous offenses. The book also provides a fascinating look into the inner workings of a committed investigative team, with Palast's office and staff laid bare and nothing off-limits...except sources told him in confidence. How do you become one of our generation's most important investigative journalists? Many of Palast's tricks are on display here for all to see. We'll see how many copies of this book sell to the tric\ksters he's pursuing in hopes of staying one step ahead of the next investigator on their trail.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I picked up on the "style" of Palast's latest work I couldn't put it down. If you're looking for a true investigative reporter, look no further. The FACT the man has to work overseas says it all about the corporate thievery of America and it's great middle class! This is a true bipartisan indictment of America's political leaders and their subservience to "big oil" and the "liberal media." This book puts a lot of pieces into the puzzle I've been trying to figure out for several years now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of the most fun to read books i've ever read. With lots of great info. Somewhat sad at times, seeing what is happening to our world. It is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Informative, fun to read, and a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you can get past his bad humor the information is good and relevant to what is gping on today.
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Greg takes you around the globe in this book and exposes the oil,nuclear power and financial industry.upton sinclaires book the jungle and this book proves why government regulation are so important.
Mangiabene More than 1 year ago
Greg Palast is an excellent writer. Vulture's Picnic is both informative and riveting.
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Robert J. Henke More than 1 year ago
Not really