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on September 19, 2012
Urgently recommended, because it's about who's buying and stealing American elections, how they do it, and how to keep them from getting away with it.

Having read this author's other books, most recently Vultures' Picnic, I already knew he wrote with ferocious, if often appropriately hilarious, journalistic passion--plausibly claiming, however, to be non-partisan. In light of what he writes about the Clintons and Obama as well as Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, it does appear that he turns a blind eye to nothing and puts it all out there. Based on the evidence in this book, today in our country one political party is the overwhelming champ at wielding money to influence voters--and in case that alone doesn't produce the desired outcomes, disenfranchising them. One state's House Leader notoriously acknowledged--though he didn't intend a tape of this to reach a general audience--the real purpose of burdensome new voter ID laws, which he said would allow his party's presidential candidate to win his state.

Other methods of suppressing or stealing votes include purging and/or caging voter lists, as well as spoiling, ejecting, blocking, rejecting, "prestidigitizing," tossing, and stuffing ballots. If the reader isn't clear on how any of these methods work, not to worry, it's all explained, complete with photos and documents. As in his other books, Palast provides links to additional layers of information. In the middle of this one is a comic book by widely-published Ted Rall, as funny as it is full of facts.

Palast, an investigative journalist, or "gumshoe," as he calls himself, tells the reader who the Billionaires of the title are, what they've done to get so rich and what they're doing to get even richer. They want it all and they're on their way to rigging the system even more in their favor than it already is. But, we're urged, don't despair! Palast lists things we can do to ensure that: (a) we get to vote, and, (b) our vote is counted. As Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., says in his Introduction, "There's still time to steal back your vote." Good news, in the runup to an election as serious as a heart attack.
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