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  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books Inc.; 1 edition (5 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345422805
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345422804
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil; so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscientious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pure wickedness. . . . Disney isn't in the business of exploiting Nature so much as striving to improve upon it, constantly fine-tuning God's work."
--from TEAM RODENT
TEAM RODENT
How Disney Devours America
"Revulsion is good. Revulsion is healthy. Each of us has limits, unarticulated boundaries of taste and tolerance, and sometimes we forget where they are. Peep Land is here to remind us; a fixed compass point by which we can govern our private behavior. Because being grossed out is essential to the human experience; without a perceived depravity, we'd have nothing against which to gauge the advance or decline of culture; our art, our music, our cinema, our books. Without sleaze, the yardstick shrinks at both ends. Team Rodent doesn't believe in sleaze, however, nor in old-fashioned revulsion. Square in the middle is where it wants us all to be, dependable consumers with predictable attitudes. The message, never stated but avuncularly implied, is that America's values ought to reflect those of the Walt Disney Company, and not the other way around."

About the Author

Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in South Florida and presently lives in Tavernier, smack in the middle of the Florida Keys. He is currently Metro columnist for the Miami Herald, where his award-winning columns on rapacious development, egregious business practices, and corrupt politicians have helped clarify issues for the Florida citizenry. Hiaasen turned his hand to fiction in the early eighties. His first novel, Tourist Season, was published in 1986 and named "one of the ten best destination reads of all timeby GQ magazine. He is the author of six other bestselling novels, Double Whammy, Skin Tight, Native Tongue, Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, and Lucky You."


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A novelist and Florida columnist laments the overwhelming presence of the Walt Disney Company, especially in his state.

Hiaasen blames Disney for the ugly sprawl that is Orlando while pointing out that Disney World itself is not subject to urban planning regulations. On this count he is accurate. When Disney moved in, all land they purchased seemed to be exempt from many regulations. But as much as he laments on the evils of the Mouse, the largest damage is done by all the smaller companies that build up around Disney to take advantage of the millions of tourist flocking to the Magic Kingdom.

But he fails to mentions all the jobs they provide. Though many employees say they do not like their rules and regulations. All successful companies must have them, especially when your business is the entertainment and safety of children. And lets be clear, all children love the Disney experience.

Hiaasen asserts that Disney building their store was the genesis that cleaned up Time Square in New York. While in truth, they only agreed to open their store if Giuliani promised and followed through to clean up that part of town. And the Mayor was able to accomplish the required goals, at least on the surface.

It is worth reading, but it is not up to his normal standards. It would have been better if the author used his investigative skills to gather some facts. This small book it is a very short and easy read. There is strong language.
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I must have been reading Carl Hiaasens Novell's for some thirty years and never been disappointed. In this, my first foray into his reporting skills, I'm even more impressed. His blissful biased and honest view of Disney's Colonialism is superb and an eye opener to a fifty year old man who still knows all the words to every song in The Jungle Book. Again a wonderful read.
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"Disney is so good at being good that it manifests an evil: so uniformly efficient and courteous, so dependably clean and conscienctious, so unfailingly entertaining that it's unreal, and therefore is an agent of pur wickedness". The statement says it all, this book is a no holds barred attack on Disney's (lack of) morals and the underhand destruction of Florida and American culture in its hands. An absolute must for people who trully care about this world.
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Without a doubt this book shows how the Disney Corporation led by Walt himself took a piece of Florida and made it into a multi million dollar operation. This is an interesting insight into the mind of the author and well worth reading, not because it makes any great revelations about Disney more that it shows that there are people in the world who want it all their own way. I doubt that there are more than a handful of people across the world who think that Disney does not operate to make money for its owners. Why then does the author think it wrong that Walt Disney sent out anonymous buyers to obtain land at a fraction of the cost it would have had to pay had Disney made it public it wished to buy land in central Florida. The author constantly tries to portray Disney as a place of evil with an evil security force "The Goofy Gendarmes" so what if they use police style codes and chase intruders of the premises. The other wrong doings highlighted in the book of the Disney Corporation he deservedly brings to public knowledge but why does he feel that he has to belittle the job that these people do. And why does he claim to want to be banned from the parks yet tell us he brought his children to them. The author tells us that he does not like tourists passing his home, I think he has hit the nail on the head "he does not like tourists" he would like the parks to close I doubts the thousands of people who are employed directly or indirectly as a result of the Disney parks would disagree. Still the book gives an insight into the workings of the corporation even though we know Disney did not build his empire as a children's charity some of the revelations are thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A closer look at Disney World that isn't pretty 10 April 2016
By Racerkat - Published on Amazon.com
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A real eye-opener about Disney World... Carl Hiaasen is known for writing slapstick mysteries that are always entertaining and fast-moving. Here he takes on Disney World, uncovering many management practices and attitudes that will surprise and probably many shock readers who have always seen the Disney brand as brand as honest, well-meaning, oriented toward entertaining the child that still dwells in everyone, including adults.
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick, funny, eye-opening read 13 Oct. 2013
By Alexander B. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoy Carl Hiaasen's view of life in South Florida, so when I discovered that he had written a non-fiction book chronicling the rise of the Disney empire, I wanted to read it. I did (about 10 years ago) and I was not disappointed. The reason that I am writing this review is because I reread it a couple of weeks ago while I was on a Disney Cruise. Oh Boy, did lots of new realizations appear before my eyes as my family and I cruised the Caribbean with the Mouse. Lots of details from the book just kept popping up - and, through it all, we had a fantastic "magical" time. For anyone heading for any Disney adventure, get this book and read it as you vacation. It is a fast, funny account of the highly programmed world that you find yourself thoroughly enjoying.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Standing Up Against the Mouse House. 5 Sept. 2002
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There are a lot of things that go on in this world and our country that most people are totally oblivious. There is a dark underbelly that seethes with evil. Granted, every organization of every kind is going to have some problems. The difference is what those groups do with those problems: do they hide them, or do they expose them to the light and move on?
Hiassen asserts in TEAM RODENT that there is a lot going on with the Walt Disney Company that most people don't know about and would be shocked to learn. TEAM RODENT offers a few examples of the evil that lurks withing the mighty Mouse House and suggests that if the opportunity arises to stand against the Goliath Rodent, people should.
I throughly enjoyed reading Hiaasen's book. It was short (like all the books in the Library of Contemporary Though series), but provocative. The accusations were sprinkled with just enough humor to make one laugh, yet not forget what was read. I was not at all upset by Hiaasen's bias against the Mouse House because it added to the flavor of the book. Besides, I have thought for a long time that Walt Disney would not be very happy where his company has been headed the last fifteen years. Just look at what Disney did with children's radio and Radio Aahs; that would make an excellent chapter in TEAM RODENT.
Interesting reading that will probably provoke a few thoughts, produce a laugh, or both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disney Book 2 Dec. 2015
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My wife loved the book, I have not read it yet....Disney does make the money!!!
Just finished the book.....Walt was a thinker and smart person.........and more to come from his followers....the Steve Jobs of FUN!!
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight into a questionable company. 12 Feb. 2014
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Let's get this out there first: the author is very bitter towards Disney, and he makes his reasoning clear. And while sometimes you get the sense the author goes too hard on Disney as a result of this bitterness, it becomes clear as you read this that Disney is a very questionable company. The anecdotes that illustrate Disney's aggressive business practices, and in particular the dodgy way the developed Disney World, are often fascinating. A short, but entertaining read.
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