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The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: The Truth About Corporate Cons, Globalization, and High Finance Fraudsters
by Greg Palast

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Publication Date: 2002
Publisher: Plume
Binding: Paperback
Topics: Corporate Rule, Crime & Punishment, Democracy: Theory & Practice, Energy, Media, Militarism, Race & Civil Rights, Social Movements, Spirituality & Religion, Third World Peoples, United States

Description: This is the new revised American edition.

Award-winning investigative journalist Greg Palast digs deep to unearth the ugly facts that few reporters working anywhere in the world today have the courage or ability to cover. From East Timor to Waco, he has exposed some of the most egregious cases of political corruption, corporate fraud, and financial manipulation in the US and abroad. His uncanny investigative skills as well as his no-holds-barred style have made him an anathema among magnates on four continents and a living legend among his colleagues and his devoted readership.

This exciting new collection brings together some of Palast's most powerful writing of the past decade. Included here are his celebrated "Washington Post" exposé on Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris' stealing of the presidential election in Florida, and recent stories on George W. Bush's payoffs to corporate cronies, the payola behind Hillary Clinton, and the faux energy crisis. Also included in this volume are new and previously unpublished material, television transcripts, photographs, and letters.

A New York Times Bestseller!

Review(s): "Courageous reporting." - Michael Moore

"The information is a hand grenade." - John Pilger, New Statesman

"Twisted." - Katherine Harris, Florida Secretary of State, on Greg Palast's 2000 election reports

"The last of the great journalists." - C-Span

"Intrepid investigative reporter who first broke the news that tens of thousands of likely Democratic voters were disenfranchised in Florida before the 2000 election." - US Journalism Hall of Fame

"The type of investigative reporter you don't see anymore - a cross between Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes." - Jim Hightower

"All power to Palast's pen!" - Will Hutton

"The journalist I admire most. [Palast's] amazing work puts all the rest of us journalists to shame. I'm an avid reader of everything Palast writes - can never get enough of it." - George Monbiot, The Guardian newspaper

"George Bush's nightmare." - Laura Flanders, Counterspin

"Courageous writing - when no one else will do it." - Maude Barlow

"To Americans who cannot read his stories printed in Britain's Observer, he is America's journalist hero of the Internet." - Alan Colmes

"The Most Evil Man in the World." - Private Eye Magazine

"Tony Blair's nightmare." - Harper's & Queen

"An American hero in journalism." - MediaChannel.org

"The world's greatest investigative reporter." - Cleveland Free Times

"Palast distinguishes himself from many other advocacy journalists, both left and right with his near obsession with documentary evidence - memos, correspondence, e-mail, briefing reports and raw data, much of it stamped 'Confidential' - and his painstaking research methods. Palast's most recent splash (is his expose on how Florida purged its voting rolls before the 2000 election in a way that almost certainly gave the White House to George W. Bush. It's not about chads or overvotes or butterfly ballots. It's about citizens denied their right to vote in a process that seemed designed to target mostly Democrats. And it was Palast's first-hand research, detailed in the opening chapter, that everyone, even the US Commission on Civil Rights, followed." - Chicago Tribune

"Wow. Investigative reporting like this hasn't been seen in America for many years. No major media outlet is willing to expend the time and effort needed, and that is a shame. This book is brilliant, it's incredible, it shows just how wimpy most of the American news media really is, and I can't recommend it highly enough." - Midwest Book Review

"Filmmaker Michael Moore's rant against Dubya and clan, "Stupid White Men", remains among the top five New York Times bestsellers, despite a virtual press blackout. But much of the guts for Moore's opening screed on how Bush 'stole' the 2000 election came from investigative reporter Greg Palast, whose own book, 'The Best Money Democracy Can Buy', has fast become a cult fave among progressives. Palast styles himself as the dogged outsider, a former working-class gumshoe from L.A. now reporting on corporate America for the BBC and The Guardian, unable to secure a regular gig from U.S. media firms wary of his impolitic exposés. Hence his book, which strings together his award-winning reports on everything from the Florida election debacle to the role of the IMF in crashing Argentina's economy, is as much a portrait of how our profit-addicted American media ignores hard news.

In sold-out appearances, Palast has detailed how Katherine Harris and Jeb Bush swung the Florida election by purging tens of thousands of eligible voters - mostly blacks - using electronically generated 'scrub lists' produced by a Texas firm paid millions to screen out felons, yet not required to verify the accuracy of its data. Florida's use of an outside firm to in effect privatize voting rights plays into Palast's central theme: how corporate power is riding roughshod over democracy. From the 'cash for access' scandal that rocked Tony Blair's government in Britain to the revolving door between Monsanto and the FDA that led to the flood of BST growth hormone in America's milk supplies, Palast lays bare patterns of corruption so sadly commonplace. Palast's problem is that he unearths such juicy information withoutfollowing up in greater detail (see www.gregpalast.com for updates).

In one short chapter, he argues that prior to September 11, Bush spiked FBI and CIA investigations of the bin Laden family and alleged Saudi funding of terror networks because of the Bushes' cozy relationship to the Saudis via companies like Arbusto Energy and the Carlyle Group. Given the current flap about what the Bush administration knew about Al Qaeda threats, one wishes Palast had explored these connections further. But his book provides a road map for other journalists, and he's donating the proceeds to a fund for investigative reporting. Let's hope more DIY muckrakers heed the call." - The Village Voice



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