- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; First Printing edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141018275
- ISBN-13: 978-0141018270
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,845,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Armed Madhouse Paperback – 2007
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I've got a friend or two who have actually left the good old US of A for places like Panama and Canada, not so much out of fear of a neo-fascist takeover, but out of pure disgust, the kind of disgust that can only be bought with stolen elections and massive redistributions of the nation's wealth from the poor and the middle classes to the conspicuously rich.
Before reading this I couldn't believe that the Democrats were so incompetent and so stupid as to allow the Republicans to steal two national elections. Now I wonder if it matters whether they can prevent a third. Probably Hillary will win, but after four years of her, the power structure will have had enough and it'll be the reincarnation of some cardboard flunky like Reagan or some idiot like the present occupant who will be installed in power and who will again rob the treasury, sell off the public lands and start a war for ExxonMobil and kill a gook for God.
People like Cheney and Rumsfeld will probably be dead or deathlike, writing their mendacious memoirs, but there'll be others from the think tanks and the corporate world to look out for the interests of the ruling class. And, yes, the rich will get richer and the poor poorer and there's nothing new under the sun--although this "nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" once seemed so.Read more ›
In five long chapters, Palast covers a wide range of topics. I began highlighting important portions of the book for this review. In short order there was too much highlighted text to add here.
But it's Chapters 4 and 5 that will really scare the hell out of me because I realize that even if all of us vote, it is not enough. Palast shows:
*how the republican machine kept minorities from voting in 2000, 2004 and will keep them from voting in 2008.
* with statistical evidence how voting machines were too few in minority communities or too far away. Either the lines were too long or the trip back and forth was.
* that Kerry's name didn't even show on the ballot in some places.
* statistical anomalies where Black, Hispanic and American Indian votes where not even counted, or their machines didn't even register a vote for president. In white neighborhoods, such anomalies were almost nonexistent.
* how provisional and absentee ballots were simply discarded, or mailed to the voters too late to be returned and counted.
* how voting machine error and evidence were destroyed even after there were calls for an investigation that secretaries of states ignored.Read more ›
Here are my notes from the flyleaf:
Usefully reviews US obsession with Iran and US special relations with Iraq under Reagan (then Secretary Rumsfeld being the bearer of bio-chemical weapons and satellite imagery--a photo of Rumsfeld shaking hands with Hussein and smiling very broadly on the web).
After investigation, finds that most of the US "global war on terror" is focused on regimes in Latin America that are anti-Bush.
Explores the idiocy of repurposing Virginia class submarines from anti-Soviet missions to being able to shoot nine Marines in a large torpedo on to a beach--notes that Israeli's use much less expensive canvas kayaks.
Notes that right before the war on Iraq Bush passed into law a drop in corporate taxes on "war profits" from 21% to 7%.
Notes that Bush's most important first public announcement to the Iraqi people as the war began was not about "welcome our troops" but rather "don't destroy the oil wells."
Points out that General Garner was fired as the first pro consul in Iraq because he ignored orders to delay elections until the oil fields could be sold off to "friends of the family."
Provides a rather extraordinary list of idiot laws and astonishing looting under new pro-consul Bremer, who was given $8.8B to spend and cannot account for $8B of it--cites specific examples of people taking $25M and coming back with no receipts or receipts for a fraction, zero accountability.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent and well documented history and analysis of American transgressions.Published 4 months ago by Douglas W. Kinney
Scary but good read. I particularly like that Palast presents the physical evidence.Published 11 months ago by Rick Lafford
Interesting. We all need to prepare for the worst. Have food and water to last your family at least for three months or more. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Danny Murphy
It is a very excellent book, one that the public at large should read.Published 21 months ago by Gretel S Munroe
Palast is a remarkable investigative journalist. If you've suspected that "something" is rotten in the kingdom of U.S. elections, at all levels, you were right. Read morePublished 23 months ago by remazz
Greg Palast tells it all regarding "black gold" and much more. Is he the next one on the NWO list? Read morePublished on June 17, 2014 by John (Jack) D. Tobin
It is amazing just what goes on and how it is done. You could view this as a politicians guide to corruption. Read morePublished on June 14, 2014 by Jeff Kotowski
A shocking read which exposes propaganda and outright lies we were told over our country's war for the oil companies. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by gmano050