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.
Possibly the scariest book I have read relating to modern, western politics today. Palast is a veteran at this and he digs deep here uncovering the dirt on the IMF, the World Bank,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by keen reader
Really badly written (what - no editor?) but once you get into the rhythm of the book it very interesting and engaging. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lazy Shopper
A must read for ALL. A wake up call, almost unbelievable, sadly true. Palast must be best the investigative journalist of all time.Published on 13 April 2013 by regwhiffin
Any book with endorsements by Pilger, Monbiot and Hutton (all of whom make an extremely good living on the back of the systems they decry) is going to be pretty predictable. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by Cliff Fiscal
Although a Brit and I like to keep abreast of current affairs I must confess to not having heard of Greg Pallast before I read this book. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2012 by Trevor Molyneux
Great book, I have read other books by this person and saw this. Would recommend it. Let your mind be openedPublished on 1 Mar. 2012 by Amazon Customer
This book contains very important information, some of it I knew already, some I didn't but all in all it was a good read. My only problem is Greg Palast's writing style. Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2011 by Francisca
Palast takes a thorough & genuine reporter's approach to one of the most blatant bits of fraud ever pulled. Read morePublished on 22 Oct. 2008 by CJ