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The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth About Globalization, Corporate Cons and High Finance Fraudsters Paperback – 27 Mar 2003
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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
Essential reading for anyone who feels that the principles which politicians constantly spout are being eroded by those very same people . . .a shocking exercise in investigation, this ought to be required reading. (Leon McDermott, Big Issue in Scotland)
Palast demands to be read. (The Good Book Guide)
Those in authority will not agree, but we need more Greg Palasts (Will Hutton)
The information is a hand grenade (John Pilger)
The journalist I admire the most. I'm an avid reader of everything Palast writes - can never get enough of it (George Monbiot)
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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 !
after reading the book i just wanted to storm parliament. Anyone who finds the modern view that "greed is good" should seriously take a look at the horrors in this book. My one bit of advise dont read the book all at once, you'll get so mad you wont calm down for at least a couple of days
Palast deals with some of the most important issues facing us today, and, significantly, he backs up his position with detailed evidence, including quotations and admissions from some of those involved. This takes the debate to a whole new level.
For example, you may well have heard about how Bush "stole" the last US election - you certainly will have done if you have read "Stupid White Men". But here you will see absolutely hard evidence of the deliberate, conniving scam that took place - and which no one seems to care about. Palast's revelations are absolutely extraordinary. He "follows the money" and discovers hard proof about scandals, greed and bribery from the Florida election, to the Californian energy crisis to our own shores in the UK.
Rest assured that what he writes about will affect YOU.
You may not yet be in the situation of those in Bolivia who are protesting in the streets, but your schools, hospitals and other public services will be affected by the trends he wries about.
The media tends to ignore many of these stories. This book gives you the chance to read about what the mainstream media don't have the courage to print. TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY!
Everybody knows that politicians are dodgy characters to put it mildly (and after reading this it's hard to keep it mild - I want to scream these "expletive deleted"s are taking the piss) but the extent of their outrages and the contempt they show for the public is truly shocking.
This is not an anti-Rebublican rant. The collusion of the Democrats in much of the immoral and often downright criminal activity outlined here is apparent and Bill Clinton's behaviour is possibly more reprehensible because the man doesn't have George Bush's excuse of limited intelligence.
Neither is it anti-American. It is a condemnation of the abuse of power and so focuses on the powerful, this means primarily America.
The UK does not come out of this well and Mr Blair's supine acquiescence to the desires of the powerful whether political or financial is both frustrating and embarrassing for me as a UK citizen.
The book is very readable, the writing style is humorous which is no mean feat considering the subject matter. If Palast is sometimes guilty of an emotional subjectivity then I think that is the rational response of any human being to the facts he presents.
Reading this book may not change your life, but it should.
THE BEST DEMOCRACY MONEY CAN BUY
From Chapter Four: "Sell the Lexus, Burn the Olive Tree"
When one reads past the first chapter that uncovers both the total sham of our last election and the corrupt nature of the American press in BEST DEMOCRACY by Greg Palast, you suffer the feelings of total outrage and deep-seated grief at what our country the USA has actually become. But long before you finish the book you will realize the bitter irony in the mesage of the religious fundamnetalists and their patient wait for the second coming: the anti-Christ is actually the patron saint of their beliefs, AND AS SUCH HE IS HERE.
"Mary Frances Betty, chairperson of the US Civil Rights Commission, said the real horror of the 2000 election was not the vote count that so transfixed our media, but what she calls 'the no-count'--THE MEANS OF KEEPING CITIZENS FROM VOTING OR HAVING THEIR BALLOTS VOIDED. And Florida used more than the voter purge in their 'no-count' bag of tricks. In February 2001, I found a doozy...In a preidential race decided by 537 votes, Florida simply DID NOT COUNT 179,855 ballots. And whether your vote counted depended a lot on your color...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a tough emotionally challenging book which dueled with all of my established and secure blocks my world stands on. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Manto
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 on 26 Feb. 2015 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 on 17 July 2014 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
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
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