Vultures' Picnic, Paperback
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The bestselling author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy offers a globetrotting, Sam Spade-style investigation that blows the lid off the oil industry, the banking industry, and the governmental agencies that aren't regulating either.

This is the story of the corporate vultures that feed on the weak and ruin our planet in the process-a story that spans the globe and decades.

For Vultures' Picnic, investigative journalist Greg Palast has spent his career uncovering the connection between the world of energy (read: oil) and finance.

He's built a team that reads like a casting call for a Hollywood thriller-a Swiss multilingual investigator, a punk journalist, and a gonzo cameraman-to reveal how environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill, the Exxon Valdez, and lesser-known tragedies such as Tatitlek and Torrey Canyon are caused by corporate corruption, failed legislation, and, most interestingly, veiled connections between the financial industry and energy titans.

Palast shows how the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Trade Organization, and Central Banks act as puppets for Big Oil. With Palast at the center of an investigation that takes us from the Arctic to Africa to the Amazon, Vultures' Picnic shows how the big powers in the money and oil game slip the bonds of regulation over and over again, and simply destroy the rules that they themselves can't write-and take advantage of nations and everyday people in the process.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Politics & government
  • ISBN: 9781780336510



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In certain ways this is an extended blackmail threat directed principly against the oil and banking industries. He demonstrates that the usual public version of events is either misleading or entirely fictitious. The main events he refers to are the flooding of New Orleans which was NOT a result of the hurricane, it has been hit by hurricanes before. The Mexican Gulf oil well blow out, which was predictable and preventable something similar happened in the Caspian sea and back to the Exxon Valdez whose drunk captain was NOT on duty nor was he supposed to be. All of these events occurred so people at the top could pocket huge sums of money. They got away with it. Palast would like it if his nation's government would stop being such a cheap floosie and instead enforced law on the very very wealthy.Palast tries to explain the way the financial crash took place that it was done on purpose for reasons of profiteering. That bit peters out presumably because of the sheer difficulty of proving it.