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Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast
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Apr 03, 08

it was amazing
bookshelves: media, imperialism

You know Greg Palast, right? You don’t know Greg!?! You’re kidding me! Pick this book up right now. Palast is one of those rare combinations of really smart, very cool, and EXTREMELY FUNNY all rolled into one. On top of all that, he’s actually a journalist who does this really strange thing that other journalists no longer do: He actually investigates the subjects he writes about. This means that while all the other journalists are just writing down what politicians, generals, corporate execs, and media pundits say without ever checking to see if any of it is true, then collect their fat paychecks and go home, Palast is investigating the dirty facts behind the media bullshit to see if all those people are lying to you (and of course they are). In other words, whereas most journalists are really just repeaters not reporters, Palast is an investigator. For that reason, he can’t get a job in the US, so he is in exile in the UK. And the media here won’t publish or even mention any of his articles, even though he is regularly employed by the BBC. All the more reason for you to check him out. He’s actually the one who uncovered a bunch of crazy shit that you only heard about much later. When you read his books, you’ll say: Oh, he was the one who found that out?

And did I mention he has a really good sense of humor? I like that.
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