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Palast's Magnum Opus--He takes it to another level here,
This review is from: Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores (Hardcover)
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.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2011 9:59:36 PM PST
Michael O'Horo says:
Unfortunately, the vultures own the media, so they're unlikely to face much serious media scrutiny in the US.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2011 4:35:43 PM PST
i think you meant to write "Sam Spade." Same Spade was his clone.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2011 12:05:09 PM PST
Russ Burlingame says:
I had some SERIOUS issues where I would type up this review, click submit and Amazon would crash my browser. This is the third or fourth time I wrote it by the time I finally got it up, so it's shorter and less proofread than the original.
That said, thank you for the most entertaining correction I've ever had regarding my spelling!
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