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Team Rodent : How Disney Devours the World Paperback – Unabridged, May 5, 1998
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Let's get one thing straight: Carl Hiaasen doesn't like the Walt Disney Company. Whenever the giant entertainment conglomerate stumbles, as it did with its proposed Civil War theme park in Virginia, Hiaasen cheers. When a rhinoceros mysteriously dies at Disney's new theme park, Animal Kingdom, Hiaasen secretly hopes for the worst, because, as he writes, "no scandal is so delectable as a Disney scandal."
A native of Florida, author of such thrillers as Lucky You and Strip Tease, and a journalist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen comes by his dislike for Disney honestly. He has witnessed the relentless success of the Disney machine firsthand with the development of Disney World and other properties around Orlando. In Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World, Hiaasen paints a witty and sarcastic portrait in this nonfiction account of a company who can control the press, manipulate local governments, and because it's Disney, get away with it. Team Rodent is a quick, entertaining read that even the most loyal Disney shareholder (except maybe Michael Eisner) will find enlightening and amusing. --Harry C. Edwards
After opening with an overbilious screed against the company's signature blandness, the author settles down and rakes good muck. -- Entertainment Weekly, Troy Patterson
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Hiassen asserts in TEAM RODENT that there is a lot going on with the Walt Disney Company that most people don't know about and would be shocked to learn. TEAM RODENT offers a few examples of the evil that lurks withing the mighty Mouse House and suggests that if the opportunity arises to stand against the Goliath Rodent, people should.
I throughly enjoyed reading Hiaasen's book. It was short (like all the books in the Library of Contemporary Though series), but provocative. The accusations were sprinkled with just enough humor to make one laugh, yet not forget what was read. I was not at all upset by Hiaasen's bias against the Mouse House because it added to the flavor of the book. Besides, I have thought for a long time that Walt Disney would not be very happy where his company has been headed the last fifteen years. Just look at what Disney did with children's radio and Radio Aahs; that would make an excellent chapter in TEAM RODENT.
Interesting reading that will probably provoke a few thoughts, produce a laugh, or both.
The incredible bitterness of his hatred for Disney surprised me, since by the end of the book, I was convinced that South Florida would be ruled either by Disney or Francis X Kingsbury, founder of the cheesy 'Amazing Kingdom of Thrills' featured in 'Native Tongue' (my favourite Hiaasen novel). And now I'm confused: Which would Hiaasen hate the least?
Incidentally, I'm not convinced Disney's vision is good, either - but at least I have to give them credit for trying. And, despite being more or less an anti-environmentalist, I really enjoy th! e quality of Hiaasen's writing, both in this book and his fiction. That's why it got a high rating from me, despite not succeeding in its basic aim.
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Just finished the book.....Walt was a thinker and smart person.........Read more