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Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,437 ratings  ·  159 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."
--from TEAM ROD
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ebook, 96 pages
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.

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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
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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.
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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
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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
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
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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
Shawn
The Walt Disney Company is unquestionably the largest entertainment empire in the world. From its film, music and television wing to its parks, resorts and cruiselines and its reach in numerous other industries, it has certainly grown a great deal from even the level its founder may have envisioned before his untimely death in 1966. While it is certainly not beyond criticism (and more than deserving in some respects), Hiaasen’s Team Rodent reads like a 75 page diatribe against Disney with no jus ...more
Lee Anne
3.5 stars.... This is a very fast read at only about 80 pages. It addresses Disney and it's ability to just do as it pleases since the dollars it brings to a community often times outweigh all other consequences. Kudos to Mannasass, VA they kept it out. The events are dated though and Disney has grown even larger since this was published. It is a subject near and dear to my heart as a Floridian and Disney lover (one of this 70's kids brought up on the mouse). As an adult, I see the "evil" busine ...more
Tom Malinowski
This felt like a long pamphlet instead of a book since it's less than 100 pages. I recently went to Disneyland and upon returning and detailing my time a co-worker suggested I read this. The book is under the banner - "Library of Contemporary Thought." There are around a dozen of these, each with a specific subject and slant. They are no longer made to my knowledge. This was written more than 15 years ago, and Disney has grown even more as it has acquired the Star Wars franchise and Marvel. Sinc ...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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Elizabeth Meadows
I did not particularly enjoy this book, although not because of the anti-Disney sentiments, but because of the bad language. I have read some of Carl Hiaasens novels before, so his bad language did not surprise me. I just amazes me that he can write such great books for young people such as Hoot, Scat, Flush, and Chomp, and yet have such a different style in his other writings.
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.
TalonWyrm
Unfortunately, Hiaasen's reporting skills left him with this book. Instead, it's just a rant about how evil he thinks Disney is. While I don't doubt his premise or the facts he flung in there, the construction of this book is very much wanting - it's over before it gets started and feels like it should have been a simple essay rather than a full book.
Alyssa
This is a short read on Hiaasen's views on Disney. And his views are not favorable.

I found the little factoids bout Disney to be highly fascinating, but didn't quite agree with his conclusions. There are some thought-provoking points he COULD make about what Disney is doing but he takes the less nuanced "I live in Florida, and let me tell you, my neighbor Disney is TERRIBLE!" type of route in this.

I'm sure he could have made a legit argument for that, but he just...didn't. Again, there definit
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Cara
Sort of meh. I get why people don't like Disney, but I don't really get why people hate Disney, and this doesn't really elucidate on that. The book isn't really long enough to go into detail about anything. It was interesting to read about some of the 90's controversies involving Disney, which I never paid attention to at the time.
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
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Jacob Hodges
I think Hiaasen is making connections here that simply shouldn't be made. I understand Disney has completely changed central Florida but you can't hold Disney responsible for how other business react to these changes. Kinda stretching to make causations and got a little boring at the end.
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
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Debbie
Wow. I'll never look at "the happiest place on earth" the same way again. This is a truly eye-opening piece of non-fiction. I can't help but wonder whether Walt Disney is rolling over in his cryogenic tube right now.
Andi Tulipandi
An interesting book which shows the darker side of Disney as a corporation...but the book lacks any form of effective rhetoric and ends up sounding like some sort of drunken rant. A good read for random information/stories about Disney's past and present but doesn't back any of the points up with citable research.
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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 in southern Florida.
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