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Greg Palast
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19 April 2012
The bestselling author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy offers a globetrotting, Sam Spade-style investigation that blows the lid off the oil industry, the banking industry, and the governmental agencies that aren't regulating either. This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process-a story that spans the globe and decades. For Vultures' Picnic, investigative journalist Greg Palast has spent his career uncovering the connection between the world of energy (read: oil) and finance. He's built a team that reads like a casting call for a Hollywood thriller-a Swiss multilingual investigator, a punk journalist, and a gonzo cameraman-to reveal how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and, most interestingly, veiled connections between the financial industry and energy titans. Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets for Big Oil. With Palast at the center of an investigation that takes us from the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, Vultures' Picnic shows how the big powers in the money and oil game slip the bonds of regulation over and over again, and simply destroy the rules that they themselves can't write-and take advantage of nations and everyday people in the process.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (19 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780336519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780336510
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

It beautifully explains so many outraging things about the power industry...a beautiful, beautiful book. --A.L.Kennedy Newsnight Review Books of the Year

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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling expose 22 Jun 2012
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars When predator becomes prey 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced investigative journalism 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Truth Seekers 1 Jan 2013
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It tells it like it is with a perspective of a detective novel and rolls out some very interesting facts about the world we live in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 3 Aug 2012
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A gonzo like trip through the swollen underbelly of big oil, finance and politics. A highly entertaining and eye opening ride!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The stuff we should be reading in the newspapers 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Vultures' Picnic 6 Feb 2013
By Clare
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Not a surprise what these oil companies get up to but still interesting to read about details anyhow. Not a huge fan of the author though. Could have done without mentions of his drinking problem & women. Only served to remind me of other self-absorbed arrogant authors out there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book arrived in good time and as described
disturbing book, like a crime thriller but enjoyable book. recommended to anyone looking for transparency and what goes on behind the "news".
Published 4 months ago by sally higgens
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Stuff
Palast is an investigative reporter of some note. He has tackled subjects in the past that other journalists shy away from. If only a. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Half Man, Half Book
4.0 out of 5 stars Conspiracy inc.
Here is a very convincing saga of the complicity of the powers that be with major industries and their malpractices,
which makes understandable the 3rd world seeing America as... Read more
Published 11 months ago by reluctant cyclist
4.0 out of 5 stars Vultures...scary stuff
Gripping stuff. Recommended holiday reading by my dentist. Still not finished it though as we were too busy on holiday to read.
Published 13 months ago by piglet
1.0 out of 5 stars Immensely irritating style
This may be a very good book in terms of content - in fact it probably is. The writing style however, unless you are used to such things, will drive you round the bend. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cliff Fiscal
5.0 out of 5 stars A+++
Once again another cracking book diving right into the oil production and all the faults and problems with multinational company's dictating the world polices and using force to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing the one percent
Absolutely brilliant exposé.

This should be compulsory reading for everyone. A revelation of the way society is being abused by a wealthy few and their blatant... Read more
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