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3.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 53.98 out of 5 3.98 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Palast Narrator: Edward Asner, Alec Baldwin, Al Franken Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2004 ISBN: 9781429589475
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Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast digs deep to unearth the ugly facts that few reporters working anywhere in the world today have the courage or ability to cover. From East Timor to Waco, he has exposed some of the most egregious cases of political corruption, corporate fraud, and financial manipulation in the US and abroad. His uncanny investigative skills as well as his no-holds-barred style have made him an anathema among magnates on four continents and a living legend among his colleagues and his devoted readership.

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 exposé on Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris’ stealing of the presidential election in Florida, and stories on George W. Bush’s payoffs to corporate cronies, the payola behind Hillary Clinton, and the faux energy crisis.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clayton | 2/11/2014

    " Crazy amounts of inside info from this investigative reporter. I'm no conspiracy theorist, but his details on the vote fraud in Florida in 2000 are pretty convincing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erika | 2/5/2014

    " For me, his tabloid style is a drawback. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/31/2014

    " Palast is the kind of journalist we need more (or, really, any) of these days -- fearless and angry but always set on uncovering the truth. His meticulous description of Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris systematically disenfranchising thousands of Florida voters before the 2000 election will break your heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/26/2014

    " Read this book, if you want to know what really happened in the 2000 Presidential Election; Palast broke the story of how the Republicans stole the election from Al Gore in Florida. He is one of my heroes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 1/23/2014

    " This was my first Greg Palast book, which made me a fan for life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/23/2014

    " A few years too late and entirely disgusting (so far) in its content. Really spells out just how apathetic and sheep-pathetic we are as a country. Maybe, as my husband says, I do tend to get outraged about too much stuff. I just say I'm passionate. Maybe, if more people were passionate, things like Palast described wouldn't happen. I'm still reading so I'll let you know... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/21/2014

    " Greg Palast is a polemic journalist, which will lead some to dismiss the contents of this book as partisan nonsense. They shouldn't. Particularly with the Florida election in 2000, this tome contains the stories that should have been headline news but weren't. Infuriating at times, maddeningly subjective at others, this is nonetheless a tremendously important contemporary political work on all the things we ought to be reading in the papers but aren't. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tomi | 1/20/2014

    " A cynical yet interesting book about how democracy is controlled the powerful lobbyists, who eventually make the politicians live in a 'bubble' with widening gap between them and the public. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom | 1/16/2014

    " It is remarkably simple, apparently, to steal an election while everyone's looking so long as you've got an entire southeastern state willing to help you do it. Greg Palast exposes a long list of the perps inside. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam Carlson | 12/26/2013

    " good subject matter but i just can't get beyond palast's arrogant cynicism. this is the kind of stuff that makes it impossible for people to work together to make this country better. i appreciate palast's investigative reporting and i agree with what he writes about but not how he writes it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iver | 12/12/2013

    " An excellent expose of the Bush administration's stealing of the election and other misdeeds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 11/3/2013

    " Education with a humourous delivery "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxane | 10/25/2013

    " This was an eye opener, but important to see how the executive branch (mostly about George W. Bush) can mislead most of the people "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie Ward | 9/13/2013

    " Amazing and disturbing - great insite into politics and how they are all in bed with each other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dele Cooke | 9/7/2013

    " Picked this up in my favourite second hand shop - one of the best finds this year. Greg is an outstanding investigative journalist - our Press was much better up to the 70s with men the calibre of Greg. Read this book and start a campaign to free our Press. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C. Scott | 9/3/2013

    " Really great - it was especially instructive see the story of energy deregulation and how the IMF operates laid out so clearly. Devastating and depressing - but totally worth a look. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 jeremy | 7/29/2013

    " keep shopping, nothing to see here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Drake | 5/9/2013

    " At the time it was great, looking back (and at some of the authors current work), I think there is a lot of fatalism that goes into it. Palast does deserve heavy applause for his journalistic work on the disenfranchised voters of Florida, he was one of the first in the investigation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zane | 2/6/2013

    " A very ballsy journalist who writes for the Guardian and exposes high level officials. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 9/27/2012

    " This was incredibly hard to find, in fact I had to special order it which I sure put me on a government list somewhere... well, okay, I sure it secured my position on that list. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 9/14/2012

    " Read this if you are American & need help being proud of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Batzz2 | 8/9/2012

    " Anything Greg Palst writes I find to be well researched,timely and contemporarily fascinating--if you like to know what goes on behind the scenes of America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nico | 12/13/2011

    " Greg Palast has a good sense of humor and I appreciate his ideas. I'd like to re-read this book in a few years, once the political climate has shifted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/18/2011

    " I read the last page and then announced to Tad that I had been "called to action". Yes, I am that nerdy. But its true. Greg Palast is awesome and I believe everything he says. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 4/26/2011

    " A very important book to read to know more about how government and lobbyists work together. It's pretty awful but something we should and protect ourselves as a society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 2/22/2011

    " Greg Palast is a great investigative journalist and explores the inner shithole that is the Bush (ii) Administration. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Philrequardt | 12/5/2009

    " investigative journalism at its best "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Andrea Brock | 10/21/2009

    " this book changed my view of "corporate america", and the election process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 7/29/2009

    " His chapter on the 2000 election in Florida is some of the best journalism of this decade. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roxane | 7/28/2009

    " This was an eye opener, but important to see how the executive branch (mostly about George W. Bush) can mislead most of the people "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liam | 6/17/2009

    " If you want to know what really goes on in the world, Palast is a good source. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esther | 3/31/2009

    " If you don't want to know the dirty secrets our politicians are trying to keep, you shouldn't read this book.
    If you do want the truth about the corruption and deceit that is modern politics, Greg Palast is the author to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jostalady | 2/1/2009

    " I was very pleased to hear Greg speak so candidly on the 2000 election, the UK's libel laws and other things my friends and co-workers are outraged by. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stan | 1/7/2009

    " Greg Palast is a brutally honest writer - an American living and working in the UK. He minces few words in his criticism of the Bush administration.

    Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 12/30/2008

    " This was incredibly hard to find, in fact I had to special order it which I sure put me on a government list somewhere... well, okay, I sure it secured my position on that list. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Batzz2 | 11/2/2008

    " Anything Greg Palst writes I find to be well researched,timely and contemporarily fascinating--if you like to know what goes on behind the scenes of America. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will | 10/25/2008

    " A well written look at money and politics in the USA written by a Yank working in the UK "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 10/13/2008

    " Another wake up call especially concerning the stealing of the 2000 election. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 derrick | 9/6/2008

    " some interesting points, kind of soap box-ish but I should have expected that I suppose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iver | 9/1/2008

    " An excellent expose of the Bush administration's stealing of the election and other misdeeds. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 8/19/2008

    " Greg Palast is not only a fearless reporter he has a great sense of humor. You will become angry and laugh at the same time. "

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About the Author

Greg Palast translated his background in fraud investigation into a highly successful writing career. A New York Times bestselling author, his work has appeared in numerous magazines and publications throughout the United States and England. In addition to writing, he does regular investigative reports for BBC Nightline. He divides his time between New York and London.

About the Narrators

Edward “Ed” Asner is an American actor best known for his Emmy-winning role as Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, later continued in a spin-off series, Lou Grant. He has made dozens of appearances—including voice-over work—on television shows and has recorded a number of audiobooks.

Alec Baldwin is a multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award–winning actor, producer, comedian, and philanthropist. He has also been nominated for an Oscar and a Tony Award and is the author of the New York Times bestseller A Promise to Ourselves. He lives in New York City with his wife, Hilaria, and their three children.

Al Franken is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers and is a two-time spoken word Grammy Award winner. A long-time comedy writer who rose to prominence as one of the original Saturday Night Live writers in the 1970s, he also won five Emmy Awards for his work on SNL.