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Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores Hardcover – November 14, 2011

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Palast's stories bite. They're so relevant they threaten to alter history. Palast is exactly what a journalist is supposed to be - a truth hound, doggedly independent, undaunted by power. Chicago Tribune Courageous reporting -- Michael Moore The real Sam Spade Nation It is a breath of fresh air - I read it in one sitting Tribune It's a genuinely life-changing book - funny, pacy, intelligent and ultimately very moving. If you want to know how the world really works, read this. -- A. L. Kennedy Daily Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Greg Palast’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Harper’s, and The Nation. He’s been a guest on Politically Incorrect, C-Span’s Washington Journal, and does regular investigative reports for BBC Nightline.  Winner of Salon.com’s 2001 “Politics Story of the Year,” Greg Palast is a legend among his colleagues and his devoted readership worldwide. He divides his time between New York and London.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1st edition (November 14, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952077
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm well aware of the corruption that has pervaded American business and politics, but having it all grow to immense proportions page after page is rather devastating. The good news is that all of the disgusting facts are served with a generous portion of Palast's biting wit.

Thank God for Greg Palast. If only he were a Federal prosecutor. Prosecutors take note. Palast has done your work for you. Now we just need the indictments. Palast is perhaps the best investigative journalists alive. Sadly, he is also one of a shrinking minority.

Vultures Picnic is a massive expose of dirty dealings by Big Oil, greasy politicians and Big Banks. It should be required reading for every citizen on the planet. I cannot recommend it highly enough. That goes for all of his work.
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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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If you are a fan of modern day horror stories this book is for you. You may find it a bit more disturbing than say Stephen Kings horror stories because:
1. These stories are real and don't end when you finish the book
2. They have a tangible effect on your life.
3. It takes nerves of steel to read Mr.Palasts expose and still be able to sleep at night.
4. This book is written in a style that rivals King for wit and clarity and presentation of subject.
5. It WILL change your view of reality in the modern world...BUY IT if you dare!
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This Thanksgiving what I'm most thankful for is that there are still people like Greg Palast and all the people who help him every day. I used to be thankful for other things. But then I learned that most of those things either never really existed or were being taken from us at an incredible rate... democracy, freedom, life in a caring society, the American dream, justice, etc.

If you want to "really understand" how the world got to be so obscenely unjust and corrupt up you can't do better than read this book. If you want to take a positive step toward actually changing things you can't do better than to buy several copies of this book and give them to those you love. Everyone needs to know what's in this book to prepare all of us for the fight ahead and to gin up the moral fortitude to act... as we inevitably must.

At some point we've got to turn our attention away from all the ways our lives are being intentionally destroyed for fun and profit by those who already have almost everything. At some point we will have to choose the best ways to fight back and have a clear vision of what a new American and World dream looks like. Most of us won't actually embrace change until we get a simultaneous push and pull. Greg's book should be enough of a "push" to make any of 99% of us ready to do whatever is necessary to extricate ourselves from the current situation. And I have no doubt that after Greg convinces us of that he will be a key player in helping shape an equally compelling "pull" ...a new vision of what the world could and should be.

Recently in a Sept. 30, 2011 interview with Charlie Rose on PBS Warren Buffett said... "There has been class warfare going on. It's just that my class is winning. And my class isn't just winning, I mean we're killing them.
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A note to readers (i wrote this after reading some negative 1-star reviews, as a response to why I believe some found this book disappointing):
This book is about the vultures, bankers, and petroleum criminals mentioned in the title. Unlike Palast's other books, such as "Armed Madhouse", he takes a different approach with the prose in "Vultures' Picnic". The beginning of the book can be quite confusing as Palast jumps around from seemingly unrelated story-to-story. Around page 30 he explains that he is doing that on purpose so the reader can experience what it feels like to be involved in investigative reporting. His point is that it isn't a clean and streamline Hollywood movie; rather, true investigative work involves gathering much loose information and the reporter has to try to keep track of all the threads.

I will admit that I found it is a little rough going at first, while trying to keep track of all the names and dates and places. By chapter three Palast hones in on specific topics and the threads become more apparent within chapters. By the end of the book, I can't say that everything ties together nicely. Reflecting back on the book, I can say that the prose style that he chose makes complete sense. Having just finished the book, I'm going back to page 1 to re-read the entire thing. I believe that this book will be much more informative and enjoyable the second time through.

Other reviews here cover the topic and plot of this work. It is important to remember that this is not a partisan "democrat" book or "republican" book. One of Palast's points is that both parties are up to their necks in this [mess], so there is no reason that a person on either side of the political fence should avoid reading this book. It is very important to read this book to understand very important factors that are contributing to WHY the American political system is so broken.
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