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.
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.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No (2 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.