Blowout: Corrupt democracy, rogue state of Russia and the richest and most destructive industry in the world

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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State... 

Number one New York Times best seller

Big Oil and Gas Against Democracy – winners take all

In 2010, the words "earthquake swarm" were added to the Lexicon of Oklahoma. That same year, a treasure trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia – including his legendary white crystal-gloved glove – was auctioned for over $ 1 million to a man who was officially just the lesser minister of forestry of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo with peacocks, gilded toilets and a floating restaurant modeled on a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it may seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows him to his crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupt oil and gas industry.

With her typical black humor, Maddow takes us on a journey around the globe, exposing the greed and incompetence of big oil and gas, and making a startling conclusion about how and why the Russian government has hacked the 2016 US election. It cleverly shows how Russia's abundant reserves of raw materials paradoxically slowed its growth and forced Putin to maintain its power by spreading Russia's rottenness to its rivals, its neighbors, the major alliances of the West and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players, including ExxonMobil and the deceptively educated Rex Tillerson, are on the line. The oil and gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, polluted oceans and rivers, and supported authoritarian thieves and killers. But being indignant at that, according to Maddow, is "how indignant a lion takes a gazelle and eats it, you can not really blame the lion, it's in its nature."

blowout is a call to curb the lion: stop subsidizing the richest companies in the world, fight for transparency, and test the influence of the world's most destructive industry and its makers. The mission has never been higher. As Maddov writes, "democracy either wins or disappears."

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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State...
  • Rachel Maddow
  • Random House Audio
  • Audible Audiobook
  • English

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