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The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth About Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters Hardcover – 20 Feb 2002

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; Underlining edition (20 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745318460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745318462
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 1.8 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Best Democracy Money Can Buy contains Greg Palast's greatest hits, and that means some of the biggest stories and scandals in recent memory. Palast is an internationally recognised expert on the control of corporate power who previously worked with labour unions and consumer groups in the US, South America and Europe investigating corporate corruption. Since then he has become a journalist whose investigative reports for the BBC and The Observer are all but banned in the US but that nevertheless pick up awards by the dozen.

The book opens with his report on how Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris allegedly stole the 2000 election for Bush by illegally removing African-Americans from voter rolls. This take-no-prisoners opener sets the tone for much of the book. It is followed by his report claiming that Bush killed off the FBI's investigation of the bin Laden family prior to the September 11 attack-–for which he was awarded the California State University's Project Censored Prize for a report too hot for US media.

The heart of the book is about the institutionalised economic criminal activity that is part and parcel of the politics of globalisation. Palast portrays the IMF, the World Bank and the assorted group of agencies as institutions that "dream up, then dictate, the terms of the new international economics" to create what he describes as "the Golden Straitjacket" of globalisation. He produces vivid case studies from across the globe to challenge even the most paranoid of conspiracy theorists. On the whole, the book claims to show that economic "assistance plans" presided over by these institutions amount to a (so far) guaranteed sentence of economic damnation.

As much has been published elsewhere; there is little new here and Palast's strident style can sometimes obscure the finer points of analyses. But this is an in-your-face book with a powerful call to action that will outrage and energise many of its readers. --Larry Brown --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'... excellent book...' -- Brian Reade, the Mirror

'For Palast, investigative journalism is the only real journalism; the rest is PR.' -- Larry Elliot, The Guardian

'His informative, passionate writings on the World Bank, IMF and WTO ... provide a powerful reposte to the 'slap-happy view of globalisation''. -- Mike Marqusee, the Independent

'This is a great book, an essential book. Greg Palast is the most important investigative journalist of his time ... Hats off, Greg: You're the boss.' -- Tribune

'[This book] should have Palast's name up there with Woodward and Bernstein. Probably the easiest uneasy read of the year.' -- Guardian Unlimited

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ok, we all knew that Bush couldn't have won the election without some shenanigans, but Greg Palast blows the lid off corruption on a scale that's hard to imagine. How he got through all the red tape and obstructions put up to stop him getting at the truth is amazing.
When he then shows how corrupt are the people in Blair's close circles, you stop feeling secure in anything. Top that with the machinations of the IMF and World Bank in Latin America, the big business at the heart of political decision making
and you want to move somewhere far away, like Alaska. Except that the Exxon Valdez got there first. Read this book - it shows the world as it is, not as they like you to believe it is.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME on 5 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
Years ago, we watched, through blurred vison, Peter Sellers in Doctor Strangelove. The blurring was either from the hilarity or the grief the film inspired. The dialogue could double us over with mirth, while the story directly confronted us with our mortality and that control of our fate resided with such devious leaders. Greg Palast evokes an identical response. He chronicles the stolen election of the world�s most powerful leader, how the International Monetary Fund and World Band exercise immense control over national destinies, and how the rich increase their influence and income at our expence. He keeps us charmed with his wit, while reminding us of our near-helplessness in the face of mighty, but hidden, forces.
Every essay in this collection jolts the reader. It�s like turning over a rock or breaking open a rotten log - the ugly grubs exposed bring revulsion and dismay. How does life produce such distasteful creatures? Palast exposes the putrid path of the Bush dynasty, the betrayal of the British voters by "New Labour" and the intrigues of international corporations in Asia, Africa, Latin America. How, he asks, do we allow these people to gain their ascendancy over our lives? One answer lies within our favourite ideal community - the small, rural, American town. There, he notes, avaricious investors have overturned local attempts to retain their values to instil the symbols of corporate enterprise These blights on our landscape are made welcome - "they boost the economy"!
Palast�s concluding set of essays, how the Blair government sold out the British populace would bring tears to the hardiest. He shows how corporate executives and their agents have become an "arm of government" in policy making and implemetation.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "jamesrburns" on 20 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
Greg Palast manages to expose the total lack of principles and the total domination of self-interest within the world of politics and big business (the bigger the better it seems !).
The scary things are:-
1. Why do these people get away with it ?
2. If they are this cynical in their methods, what will stop them doing whatever they want in future without retribution ?
3. If Palast is being discredited, why have they never taken him to court over these stories ? (i think I know that one !).
Read this book to open your eyes ! Vote accordingly !
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "talba" on 12 Oct. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Greg Palast is a hero fighting at the front line. He is fighting to uncover the sordid truth behind the corporate world and the very unhealthy relationships between politicians and "big business".
His work is documented and his evidence irrefutable.
He conclusively shows how corporate greed, under leadership and cover of the IMF and World Bank, is tearing apart South America and developing economies. If that is not bad enough, he shows how the same tactics are being deployed in advanced nations too!
He shows that the struggle between the "haves" and "have-nots" is not between countries but between a small group of fabulously wealthy individuals and the rest of humanity.
The disturbing thing about this book is that it shows that the world is so open and vulnerable to such exploitation and plundering, thanks to the complicity of politicians. Every time a politician talks about "market forces", be afraid - be very afraid!
What can we do to resist?! A good start would be to read this book. At least we will be better informed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting, thought provoking, and occasionally amusing book in the by a writer with a similar view of the world to Michael Moore. Some of the content of the book, e.g. how Bush stole the election, covers the same ground as Moore, but in more detail. As a British reader i found the section on Blair's complicity in much of the Bush/big business love-in interesting and disturbing, though unfortunately not surprising. The only critisism of the book is that it concentrates a little too much on America, but i suppose that is where the story is. I thoroughly recommend this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book really opens your eyes to what politicians give priority to.......namely keeping themselves in power. Palast makes many damning accusations against the Republican and Democrat parties in the US and also the practices of 'New Labour' he then goes on to discuss the gross abuse by the World Bank and IMF where dealing with developing nations.
What I find interesting in all this is that, to my knowledge, no-one has ever brought a liable case against either the publisher or author........what does that tell you?
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