Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth

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"Rachel Maddow's Blowout offers a dark, serpentine, riveting tour of the unimaginably lucrative and corrupt oil-and-gas industry. With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe-from Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guinea-exposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russia's rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia's rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the United States, and the West's most important alliances. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, but ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson emerge as two of the past century's most consequential corporate villains. The oil-and-gas industry has weakened democracies in developed and developing countries, fouled oceans and rivers, and propped up authoritarian thieves and killers. But being outraged at it is, according to Maddow, "like being indignant when a lion takes down and eats a gazelle. You can't really blame the lion. It's in her nature.""-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Description: xxi, 406 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780525575474
Branch Call Number: 338.27285 Mad
Additional Contributors: Maddow, Rachel. Blowout


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Feb 28, 2020

Awful!!! Thought the subject matter would make it a good read. After a couple of pages I was reminded why I don't watch MSNBC.

Feb 24, 2020

The latest book from MSNBC host, author of "Drift," and scourge of sweaty palmed, spineless Republicans everywhere. It's about oil but is a less a history and more about how Russia has basically become a deeply corrupt petro-state run like a mob, with its dirty thumbs in global politics, including, of course, are own. So much collusion. She has a tendency towards sardonic comments, which may annoy some readers, but I enjoyed it. Also, "Kochland," "Dirty Money," "This Changes Everything," and "American Oligarchs."

Feb 17, 2020

Not really a fan of her extraneous comments and most of the book was lifted from other's books and other's research. A reasonable summary of other peoples work.

Dec 29, 2019

This is a very good look at the recent history of the United States and how it is influenced by the oil and gas industry. However, it lacks some of the incisive syntheses of Maddow's previous book. Much of it is revelatory reporting, rather than sharp analysis to which we have become accustomed from this TV personality/reporter. Blame the author of KOCHLAND and a few others who have appeared on Maddow's show. they have to some extent, stolen her thunder.

Dec 20, 2019

Outstanding!! The reader gets a better picture of what motivates Putin and explains his behaviors. It tells us a great deal about the oil and gas industry and their horrible effects on the whole world. Their only aim is to make money and there is no concern for the health and safety of millions. If they must work with dictators--it's ok''it's just important to get more oil and more money. Rex Tillerson is one of those CEOs that is driven to that. They want lows taxes and few regulations. Just a free rein.

Dec 08, 2019

If you want to understand the craziness in this country and why folks are so willing to deny our democratic procedures in the constitution....this follows the money and why Nancy Pelosi says all roads lead to Putin.

Oct 23, 2019

Exactly the type of investigative journalism I have come to expect from Rachel Maddow.

debwalker Oct 10, 2019


Oct 03, 2019

I think the reviewers of this book don't understand enough about the issues MS. Maddow is discussing to come to the conclusions that they made. She seemed to be spot on in her analyses of the Putin connections to everything. I finished the book just hours ago and virtually everything struck me as true, her conclusions and summations totally accurate.

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