By Greg Palast
The “top journalist in the US and the funniest” (Randi Rhodes, Air America), takes his prior New York Times bestseller a step additional with sizzling undercover dispatches— striking out the soiled underpants of the “armed and hazardous clowns that rule us.”
A White condominium spokesman stated, “We hate that sonovabitch.” They’re now not by myself: From company suites to Osama’s cave, they worry what Britain’s Guardian calls “investigations up there with Woodward and Bernstein—and much funnier.” yet Greg Palast’s enthusiast following (nearly million readers of his net column) has made him “a cult fave between progressives” (Village Voice) who can’t look ahead to his subsequent unlock.
Palast’s old-style gum-shoe detective paintings to dig out the information at the struggle on Terror, greed- dripping schemes to grab little international locations with plenty of oil, the hidden software to thieve the 2008 election, and the media biases that continue it unreported are the beef and bones of this BBC tv reporter’s new publication. Armed Madhouse is illustrated with dozens of files marked “secret” and “confidential” that experience walked out of dossier cupboards and fallen into Palast’s fingers.
You won’t locate Palast in The ny Times (except its bestseller list), yet you are going to learn his experiences at the preferred sites all over the world, listen him usually on Air America and the Pacifica radio networks, and notice his tales reappearing because the foundation for Eminem’s hit video “Mosh,” Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, and sampled through a dozen of today’s best platinum rock artists. BACKCOVER: “The maximum investigative journalist in America.”
—ALAN CHARTOCK, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
“The form of investigative reporter you don’t see anymore—a pass among Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes.”
“Upsets the entire correct people!”
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