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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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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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Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, The Scheme to Steal '08,No Child's Behind Left, and Other Dispatches from the Front Lines of th was his best work in my opinion.
This book only has one flaw, the "twists and turns" in the book can be a distraction.
But the Palast wit is present in full force and that's something I appreciate about Greg Palast's writing style.
And he spares no party in his criticisms.
My favorite Chapter was 12 -"The Generalissimo of Globalization." This chapter has a load of good information on global finance!
On page 328 he writes about banking and financial services becoming a "trade" issue-
"In effect, U.S. manufacturing jobs would be sold for the bankers' right to gamble in the new market."
The material on financial carnivores alone make "Vultures' Picnic" more than worthy of a read.
Mr. Palast has written an excellent expose' on oil and finance companies and their power in government.
Highly recommended book!!
I hope that a new generation of brave souls are inspired by this book. If you read this book and are not angered by the factual events that Palast describes, then I don't know what to say. My hope is that the majority of Americans read this book and propel it into the Bestseller's Lists. After all, any book that dares to tell the truth in such a literate way deserves to be an honest bestseller by actually being bought by individuals rather than by propaganda websites to be handed out like Prozac or Kool Aid.
This may be the first Palast book I've read, but it most certainly won't be the last.
The reciting in this book of his world-wide encounters and vicissitudes is to be presumed by the reader to be truthful and is an underlying assumption of faith - based on his years of presumed integrity as an investigative reporter. I am only about 1/3 of the way through this 400 page expose' masterpiece and I do not skim over it lightly. I would recommend it to any and all thinking persons of the world who are not naive enough to trust corporate and governmental collusions nor callous enough to not give a damn as to what is done in order to keep our gas-guzzling pigathas fueled for daily transport to missions often of nonsense and impracticality by unwitting americana boobius.