This exciting collection, now revised and updated, brings together some of Palast's most powerful writing of the past decade. Included here are his celebrated Washington Post expose on Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris' stealing of the presidential election in Florida, and recent stories on George W. Bush's payoffs to corporate cronies, the payola behind Hillary Clinton, and the faux energy crisis. Also included in this volume are new and previously unpublished material, television transcripts, photographs, and letters.
©2004 Greg Palast; (P)2004 Penguin Audio. All rights reserved. Penguin Audio is a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
"A fun, provocative listen." (Publishers Weekly)
"It's the type of investigative journalism that mainstream media avoid for fear of censorship or accusations of libel." (AudioFile)
I found the subject matter shocking and very revealing concerning our government. The evidence presented seems conclusive, and rationally it all makes sense. It is therefore important information for all Americans to hear. The problem I have is in the delivery. The vitriolic diatribe given by Mr. Palast through his narrators screams of bias. Even coming from a liberal mindset and more or less believing all of the facts presented, I found myself annoyed at the condescending angry narrative. If the information is true, then it’s up to the reader to express emotion concerning the facts. The job of a journalist is to objectively present a story. Unfortunately, Greg Palast takes his work as an investigative journalist, which if read and believed by all Americans would probably change this country, and presents it in a way that only the angry far left will believe. Honestly, I’m part of the angry far left, but I don’t think this book will help our cause, just make us angrier.
Something about myself...happy now?
Palast is a classic muckraker pathologically driven to bring down Republicans and Big Business. That's a good thing, but after writing a review of Janet Folger's shrill book, I realize that it's the other side of coin with the caveat that Palast actually does serious research. Still, it's tough to listen to his hysteria sometimes.
What's even harder to listen to is the rotating cast that reads the book. To move from a male to a female narrator for no real reason makes me wonder if Palast just got bored that day and Garafolo was available. Plus - accents are great...if you can do them, otherwise they just sound stupid and blunt the message of the book.
Good book to reinforce your radically liberal ideals. I, unfortunately, do not have any. I did like this book for the same reason I do not read Rush Limbaugh - not objective.
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