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Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores

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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 billionaires of financial industry and energy titans. Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets and bandits 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.

About the Author

Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. Born in Los Angeles, he is a reporter for BBC Television's premier current affairs program, Newsnight. Palast lives in New York City.

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j Cannon, December 28, 2012 (view all comments by j Cannon)
This book is a real eye-opener. From the heartbreaking scandal of the oil industry's high disregard for any safety or economic fairness issues that might slightly dent the bottom line- learn why Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf oil spill and even the Exxon Valdez were so devastating, and why more of the same is practically guaranteed- to the tiny group of "vultures": "financiers" who've found the way to suck any and all resources from countries whose crime was to modernize by entering the modern system of debt, and been caught out by the drying-up of economic growth- we learn how deeply rooted corruption is, in so many areas, and how they are interconnected. Palast actually makes this into an enjoyable read, casting himself as a modern Sam Spade, and introducing us to fascinating people all over the world, from the native Arctic peoples to the incredibly dignified victims of British Petroleum in Tadjikhistan. Not only is this a must-read, it's important to support this writer and his work! Buy it.
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paul roman, December 15, 2011 (view all comments by paul roman)
Very funny book about a very sad topic.
If only more reporters actually did the legwork that mister Palast does we wouldn't be in the mess we are in.
I am not saying that just because I grew up in the Valley either.
Greed is killing our planet. Unfortunately the monied class is buying all the media outlets to the common people.
Books are the last place to find some truth.

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ISBN:
9780525952077
Subtitle:
In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores
Author:
Palast, Greg
Publisher:
Plume
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Business - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120919
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos throughout
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.4 x 1.31 in 1.41 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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