Greg Palast’s BBC crew of journalist-detectives chase down British Petroleum bag men, CIA operatives, nuclear power con men — and “The Vultures,” billionaire financial speculators who, through bribery, flim-flam and political muscle, take entire nations hostage for mega-profits.
The action begins when the Deepwater Horizon explodes in the Gulf of Mexico and a confidential cable arrives on Miss Badpenny’s desk from a terrified insider. He has the real, hushed-up facts of the disaster — which can only be found hidden in the files of a Central Asian dictatorship.
Palast sets off for Baku to investigate the sexiest Muslim woman on Earth and the whereabouts of millions of dollars in a brown valise. Then he jumps the globe to an Alaska Eskimo village after receiving an extraordinary note from the Chief of Intelligence of the Free Republic of the Arctic.
Along the way, Palast gets drunk, gets sober, gets laid, gets arrested. It’s pulp non-fiction. Columbo with marital issues and a dying father.
Palast presented his investigation of the BP oil spill on C-SPAN where he talks about the corruption he says permeates the oil industry, the financial sector and government at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Maryland. Palast reports for BBC’s “Newsnight,” The Guardian (London), Rolling Stone, and Harper’s. His books include “The Best Democracy Money Can Buy” and “Armed Madhouse.”
For more info, including excerpts from the book, visit his: Website.
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