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The Racket: A Rogue Reporter vs. the American Elite

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The story Americans are wont to tell themselves about their nation is a compelling one: the United States is a force for good in the world, a haven for prosperous upward mobility, and a stalwart defender of democracy and human rights abroad. With The Racket, veteran investigative journalist Matt Kennard pulls back the curtain and reveals a much darker truth. The picture of ...more
Hardcover, 359 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by Zed Books (first published April 9th 2015)
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Babak Fakhamzadeh
Kennard's story could be 'the greatest story never (before) told'. The beans he spills on how big business and American political hegemony controls everyone else are painful, perhaps eye opening and certainly disheartening.

The Bretton Woods institutions, if not designed as such, quickly became vehicles for projecting American hegemony across the world. In economies where the IMF and World Bank are not dictating the Washington consensus, they and the global, to a large extent American, business e
Stefan-Iulian Tesoi
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: rubbish
Having read two other books by another journalist turned writer, Jon Ronson, I got the wrong impression that these type of investigative works should be more or less objective. I agree on some of the presented facts and some of the argumentation and the fact that the US government, Wall Street and insurance companies - the "racket -" have unscrupulous interests that they chase using underhanded methods is undeniable. However, I'm giving this book a low rating for the following reasons. The autho ...more
Tom Ferguson
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Highly recommend. Very insightful analysis on how Big Business and America government topple governments that don’t roll out the red carpet and comply with their exploitative money making capitalist program.
Ben Graham
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

If you want to know how and why the USA runs almost the whole world this is the book for you. Luckily there is also hope for a better future free of the neo liberal chains the world on whole is in.
Aug 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Matt writes this is if he has discovered something new. Well he hasn't.
Stefan Andrei
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Eye opening to the say the least. If you have a passing interest in World Politics, Capitalism, US Foreign Policy and how they make an impact and change various parts of the world for the worst and in detriment of the local people give it a chance and get informed.
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