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Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  1,288 ratings  ·  143 reviews
"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."
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Published September 29th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published May 5th 1998)
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Kristen
Before you spend $9 on this book you need to know that it's less than 100 pages. This is not so much a book but a critical essay. Many Disney lovers have obviously read and reviewed this book and written scathing reviews, you will notice that most of these reviewers live far away from the Disney machine. I grew up in Florida and lived for 4 years of it in Orlando, less than 20 minutes from Disney. Many of my friends worked there, we dealt with the Disney machine on a daily basis.

This essay may...more
Bill
This thin volume is a very quick read, and it starts off in a romp of well-written vitriol, a veritable salad of $10 words that promise a portrait of Disney that will reveal that company's avaricious and cynical soul.

But the rest of the book fails to fully deliver. Or rather over-delivers, but with misdirecting filler in place of convincing content. Hiassen's contempt for Disney is evident on every page, in nearly every paragraph. Yet too much of the mud he's slinging misses The Mouse and smears...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
Carl Hiaasen said his dream is to be banned from Disney... For LIFE. Let's go, Carl. I'll buy the tickets and we can be banished from that hellish place FOREVER!

Excellent read on the evils of Disney.
Josh
We had a great family trip to Disney World. After a really good time in the sticky sweet world of Disney, I came back wanting to cleanse my palate with some pure bile. Thanks, Carl Hiaasen.
Beth
Okay.
I have a feeling that my opinion on this book won't be a popular one among many of my fellow Floridians. But I really did not agree with most of what Hiaasen had to say in this book. I think it's because I am not a native to Florida and I still consider myself a West Virginian. A West Virginian who tried desperately for six months to get a job after graduating college in her home state only to have to move to Florida because there are NO opportunities in WV. Maybe I'm a bit jaded.
This book...more
Jenny
Sep 08, 2012 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Iona
First, this is a very short book. It's critical. But it's not investigative journalism. It's a summary of what it's like to have lived in South Florida before, during, & after Disney bought land there. And how the tactics they have used have made people feel. It's also written in a hilarious style. If you like Hiaasen's other books you'll see that same style here.

He brings up a lot of troubling points, though he concedes he likes being at DisneyWorld, so it's not all bad! But I think his ma...more
Tori
This book is incredible, and forever changed by mind about the Disney machine. While some may laugh about a class in the Sociology of Disney, and blow it off as cake, I learned much about this and other American corporations that come off as "friend brands." A very short book, I highly recommend that everyone swayed by the Disney Marketing agenda read this and see the lives behind the scenes...and the amazing writing doesn't hurt.
Jonathan
Carl Hiaasen has a chip on his shoulder - an obsessive hatred of the Disney Corporation. As far as I can tell he hates Disney because they have a strong brand and are successful. I was expecting this book to reveal a lot of shocking dirt on Disney. While there are certainly instances in the books where Disney acted arrogantly or where their actions led to some bad consequences for people, there is nothing too surprising. It seems like Disney is actually pretty well behaved as far as corporations...more
Sheather Nelson
I found this book disappointing. It was really too short to be a book, too long to be an essay, and it also couldn't decide between being nonfiction reporting and a personal essay in style. I like Carl Hiassen and I'm interested in his work as a journalist, most of which I haven't read, but I had hoped this book would deliver much more in the way of inside dish on the evils of the Disney empire. I did learn some about how the company bought politicians and weaseled out of responsibility for its...more
Sharon
Good sense of humor and excellent points to ponder about the spreading influence of Disney on America--I had no idea how much they own that isn't branded as Disney, but for the most part, I couldn't really agree with his point of view. He hates all things Mickey as much as I love 'em. None of us really believes the magic, Carl, we just enjoy the illusion, much as we enjoy any other form of "made-up" entertainment like novels, TV, and movies. And it's nice when it comes with a family-friendly gua...more
Alexandra
Books like this really spark my interest. I am a HUGE Disney fan & I love everything Disney but it's always interesting to read the opinions of people who despise it with every fiber of their being & to hear the reasons why.

This book, however, didn't really give solid evidence of anything. Maybe one court case regarding poorly constructed houses in Country Walk. But everything else..not so much. And in regards to the dalmation chapter, Disney is a huge corportation. It is bound to have...more
Joy
I discovered this book when looking at the published works of Hiassen after I read Hoot. It sounded interesting. I've been to Disney World many times and I was interested to read his opinion.

I learned several things I didn't know about Disney from this book. It is well written and interesting. It also exposes some darker things about Disney. But I think he misses the point. I don't understand why Disney trying to evict porn shops from Times Square is bad. I don't think he understands that many o...more
Turrean
This is not a 2010 publication; it's an ebook release of a book from 1998. As I read this supposed 2010 book, I kept wondering why on earth Hiaasen didn't have any information from after 1995, so I went looking online, and of course, found the original release date. Wish my public library would stop buying older books that have been repackaged as "new" ebooks.

I love Carl Hiaasen; he's clever and raunchy and satiric, and a great storyteller. His adult novels skewer people who value money or powe...more
Rebecca
A fun polemic, full of good-natured vitriol. Occasionally relies on some spurious notions, like the assumption that the Times Square Disney store was responsible for displacing all the infamous perversion vendors. Still, Hiaasen's essay compellingly argues that Disney's ever-growing, tentacular hold on America is deadening both our culture and our democracy.

The company offers a bland but effective cocktail of commercial aspirations to children, angry teens, and striving adults alike--from prince...more
Sheryl Tribble
This book starts out whining about how Disney brings in more tourists to the Florida Keys.

"High on the list [of tourists there to visit Disney] is the southernmost chain of islands known as the Keys, where I live, and where only one road runs the length of the archipelago. Maybe you can appreciate the concern." p. 6

Then, at the end, he says that,

"Chamber-of-commerce types in Key West got ticked off recently when Disney World unveiled its own quaint version of America’s southernmost city, a hal...more
Blain Dillard
This book was a laughable example of a blathering anti-capitalistic liberal ranting against good American business success. You can always find isolated examples of mistakes and wrongdoings in an enterprise as large as Disney, and Hiaasen has done just that, while making broad sweeping generalizations about the "evil" of Disney, all the while giving a slight nod to some of their positive attributes.

In one chapter he rants against how Disney takes over a place and provides all sorts of "clean" s...more
h
Oct 30, 2012 h rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to h by: Lauren Marcus Couture
Shelves: 2012, borrowed, florida, travel
the only reason i didn't give this 5 stars is that i suspect my florida prejudice is involved. but maybe not. this book is sharply written and riotous.

carl hiaasen is a gem - and he writes about florida with all the wit, brilliance, sarcasm, and love that only a native can muster. trust me, no one else laments when wetlands full of water moccasins get bulldozed. we do.

the book itself is a record of a particular moment in time, which is exactly what the series intends. folks who aren't in close p...more
Michael
This is more of a pamphlet than a book, a bit dated, and some of the criticism is a stretch, but it raises some worthwhile questions about Disney’s power in the state, which that has only grown in the intervening years. Perhaps, the Mouse should figure out a way to create a second moon for the Earth, so from space it will look like we all live in Disney(’s) World.
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
This book was... okay. Short, so more like an essay than a true novel. I love Disney, but I also love seeing opposing viewpoints, so my "meh" feeling of this book doesn't come from that, but from.. well, the strange-ness of the book. Some of the author's points didn't make sense. His story about the lion was not Disney's fault at all, so why include it? It had almost nothing to do with Disney, other than it happened in Florida.

That said, if you plan to read this book, I definitely suggest getti...more
Linda
Short book--expose on all the things Disney does wrong, in the author's opinion, running things in its own way while everyone else allows them to do as they wish.

Interesting to read as a counterpoint to the squeaky-clean Disney image; it's evident that the author is anti-Disney and believes that everyone born and raised in Florida holds the same opinion.

The chapter about Disney wining and dining the press was especially interesting as I was just reading a discussion about the upcoming Disney Soc...more
Mellyn
Pretty interesting read--especially the part about the Disney island used for the cruises, being a former island used for drug running. They changed the name and a new island and history is recreated!
Holly
I sometimes feel as if I am the only human on the planet who has not been duped by Disney's capitalization on Public Domain stories and characters. This book was a breath of fresh air! BRAVO!
Ken Deshaies
An insightful look at how the Disney empire manipulates local governments for its own benefits, often denigrating and harming citizens who are concerned about the effects Disney developments might have on their societies. Whether you are a Disney fan or not, you will come away with an entirely new perspective. Carl Hiassen, a popular author of Florida mysteries, was first known as a muckraking journalist who was well respected for his research and thoroughness. He also has a strong love for his...more
Stephanie
This book is more of an essay than anything else, but it's brilliantly written. Though I'm an avid Disney Parks fan, I found Team Rodent to be witty, informative, and enjoyable to read. The book was published in 1998 so all of the statistics are incredibly outdated. Still, it's nice to take a quick look at how far a company will go to keep their image and name untarnished, and what a corporation like Disney does with all it's power. I only wish that the book would have delved more heavily into t...more
Tressa
Team Rodent depicts Disney in a different light than how the company is usually shown. Of course, I'm not sure why the depiction within the book is such a surprise--Disney is a corporation after all and is in the business of earning money. I guess I'm just cynical.

There were areas that seemed as if the author, Carl Hiaasen, had an ax to grind, but he freely admits his bias. Hiaasen does highlight a few questionable actions by Disney, but it is a slight book that isn't bogged down with a tedious...more
Kariann Marti
I don't have the same distaste for Disney that I knew Carl Hiaasen did before I picked up this book, but I still loved every word of it. Quick read, you hate to put it down.
Kevin Runyon
Incredibly disappointed. Seemed like author had an ax to grind, more than a story to tell.
Laurie
a little dated, very short, but still a fun and somewhat scary look at the power of Disney.
Dougmolineux
Let me start by saying, I don't particularly like Disney at all. Completely impartial.

This author is sick, he actually fantasizes about people getting mauled by escaped lions.

He fantasizes about a rhino getting raped with a stick. Seriously.

Don't say thats not what he meant, because if so, you haven't read this or completely understood it.

A sour, pathetic man who finds himself dwarfed by the world of business. Get a proper job Carl.

I heard Disney are hiring.

PS, I've decided to book a trip to Flo...more
John Machata
Proud my kids have, as yet, been denied a trip to any Disney Land, World or Universe!
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Carl Hiaasen was born and raised in Florida, where he still lives with his family. After graduating from the University of Florida, he began writing for the Miami Herald. As a journalist and author, Carl has spend most of his life advocating the protection of the Florida Everglades. He and his family still live southern Florida.
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