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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780336519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780336510
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Palast's stories bite. They're so relevant they threaten to alter history. Palast is exactly what a journalist is supposed to be - a truth hound, doggedly independent, undaunted by power. (Chicago Tribune)

Courageous reporting (Michael Moore)

The real Sam Spade (Nation)

It is a breath of fresh air - I read it in one sitting (Tribune)

It's a genuinely life-changing book - funny, pacy, intelligent and ultimately very moving. If you want to know how the world really works, read this. (A. L. Kennedy Daily Telegraph)

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Vulture's Picnic is Greg Palast's hard hitting expose of the oil industry, the banking industry, and the government agencies that aren't regulating either

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kuma on 23 Dec. 2011
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Taking off from where Armed Madhouse and The Best Democracy Can Buy left off, Palast brings us up-to-date with his ongoing series of investigations into those corrupt and obscenely wealthy people and corporations who run roughshod over rules and regulations, vacuuming up money and leaving a trail of toxic investments and petroleum residues in their wake.

Its a disturbing book to read even though it is written in Palast's visceral, witty pulp-noir spiel which renders it palatable, though it surely leaves one with the enduring taste of evil in one's mouth.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By @nonlocaljoker on 5 Dec. 2011
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While Big Pharma seems to have accidentally seen off the vultures of India and Pakistan (with unhelpful consequences), Greg Palast goes off, armed with notebook and fedora, in search of the extant human variety. It's a gripping ride as Palast and his tireless pursuers ziz-zag through time and across continents, piecing together the unpalatable. And there, behind every disaster of our time - Exxon Valdes, Katrina, the Credit Crunch, Gulf of New Mexico, Fukushima - we find them feasting. The Vultures operate with a value system so far removed from the mean, which has perhaps helped them evade observation and capture. But Palast has the nose for them - as well as a sense of the moral hinterland behind every whistleblower.
Witnessing our planet being despoiled with impunity, and the victims' bones and pockets being licked and picked, makes for a sobering read, but Palast's devilish wit, often self-directed, is pure alchemy; I lost count of the number of times he converted my anger into grim laughter. Will things always be this way? Palast has shown how weak regulation, compliant government and an ethical vacuum provide power with a free pass. The book is a Hero's Journey tale for some, and a rude wake-up call for the rest of us.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 100 REVIEWER on 22 Jun. 2012
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The author adopts a style more akin to that of a rock journalist than an investigative one, but once you get used to this you are led on a bewildering and exciting ride through the higher echelons of big business in general and the oil business in particular. I don't know how he does it but it is almost as if the author is talking to you rather than you reading the text and what he has to say is very hard hitting indeed. My overall feeling though is that although written with the best intentions I believe the author almost believes himself to be spitting in the wind (he wouldn't say "spitting" mind) as the big boys have got the rest of the world screwed down and on the verge of being totally screwed up. This is not a book that is going to make you sleep any easier in your bed but if it does anything to highlight the malpractices that are common currency in the oil industry and get something, anything done about them then he has done us all a great service. Please read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By molesworth on 24 Dec. 2012
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If you think that political books are turgid, this will change your mind. Greg Palast should be on our TV screens. He's committed and funny. Definitely worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sally morris on 14 April 2013
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If you feel that newspapers dont have any actual reporting any more then you will probably enjoy this book. It is packed full of actual investigative reporting of the kind that reporters used to do instead of just re-writing copy sent to them by PR people.
Many have commented on the style of Greg's writing & I guess it is not for everyone (I was already a fan) & its a matter of taste but you really cant fault the aim & executiuon of the investigations he describes.
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Palast is an investigative reporter of some note. He has tackled subjects in the past that other journalists shy away from. If only a.third of this book is true, it is still a scandal.

In this book he looks at the power triangle of big oil, finance and politics. And he doesn't lile what he finds. In fact he finds it detestable and immoral the way that the individuals in power hold everyone else in.contempt.

The primary focus of the book is BP, their safety record and the way that they have done business for the past decades. Palast does not like what he finds. The amount of rules that they, and the other oil companies evade is astonishing, they have a complex about doing anything that might benefit anyone other than themselves. The other large oil companies have similar charges leveled.at them.

In the final few chapters he considers the role that the large banks have played in perpetuating similar frauds and the global financial scandal, and the fact that Brazil and Ecuador refused to follow suit and have done remarkably well despite the 'advice' of the world bank and the others.

I didn't always like the writing style, hence four stars, but otherwise this is a must read book.
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