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Vultures' Picnic by Greg Palast
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Feb 28, 12

Read from February 21 to 28, 2012

The most satisfying way I can describe this book is: journalism without the additives.

While satisfying, it doesn't tell you that much. Here's a little more: Palast and his team investigate the fraud, corruption and corporate criminal activities going on that do far more harm than any bank robbery or kidnapping. These criminals bring entire nations to their knees, and they get away with not so much as a slap on the wrist. In fact, they usually walk away with at least several billion dollars profit.

These are the corporations that act more cruelly than any single human being could act. This book details the shady deals BP, Chevron, Exxon and the others have done in order to get their hands on oil - including decisions that directly led to the major oil spills of the last century, decisions whose repecussions that cost many their lives.

Palast has also collected information on some of the decision-making that led to the severity of the Fukushima reactor disaster, along with other "natural" disasters that would never have occured without the assistance of corporate greed.

It's not pretty but the only way to stop these things is an informed populace making informed decisions and supporting a government that will bring regulation to these criminal corporates instead of bowing down to them.

Also, read this book for the good ol' gumshoe investigation vibe.
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