Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Signed Book)

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth (Signed Book)

by Rachel Maddow

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy—Winner Take All
 
In 2010, the words “earthquake swarm” entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia—including his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove—was sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry.

With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly 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 West’s most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. 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.”

Blowout is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, “Democracy either wins this one or disappears.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593138045
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 11/16/2019
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 390
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Rachel Maddow is host of the Emmy Award–winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, as well as the author of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Maddow received a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University and earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.

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Anonymous 5 months ago
Rachel Maddow is a gifted political scientist with a gift for the written word. Drift explains how we got to own a military industrial complex that is using up so many tax dollars that leaves important programs on the verge of failure while military contractors make a fortune. Must read.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Excellent storyline and exceptionally interesting look at the oil and gas industry from it's beginning to current day.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Interesting read with many unknown facts outlined only as Rachel can do. Strongly recommend you take time to read it.
pswinn 5 months ago
This is such an important read and no one can tell a tale like this author. She is able to unravel and look into the truth unlike any other author I have read. I met an inventor who was silenced by big oil backed politicians, even wrote a book about it, so I am grateful this book was written showing the correlation between oil, gas, and other products like them with corrupt individuals and what they are willing to do to line their own pockets and stepped over the little 'guy'. Thanks to Rachel Maddow for this informative read on not only the history of oil, but the corruption that came with it.
Ms-Hurst 5 months ago
When you watch Rachel Maddow she tells a story. She takes a story from history and makes it relevant to whatever is happening now. This book is timely and does just that. If you didn't know better, you'd have thought she wrote this in the last month or so. It brings together current events and analyzes them in a way even the most casual news observer could understand.
Anonymous 6 days ago
It's sp refreshing to read truth in the midst of all the #CrookedTrump administration lies. #MSNBC is the only network that provides fact based reports. #Fox news, aka "Trump TV" are paid tv personalities used to spew #TrumpRussia propaganda. Kudos to Rachel Maddow and MSNBC for speaking truvto to mob bosses. A great read, should be required reading for all Americans, especially non-college white males--if they know how to read that is.
JillB1 6 months ago
Another fascinating and eye opening read by my favorite anchor/reporter/ hero. An important addition to her previous book this one focuses on the oil and gas industries. Russia, Tillerson Exon Mobil are all exposed and it’s a mouth gaping account of corporate greed, lies and how we need to act now, before it’s too late.
jwoconnor 3 days ago
I received my signed copy today. Still haven't found the actual signature. Mother will be disappointed.
FactSeeker 5 days ago
No one connects dots the way Rachel Maddow can and does. Her encyclopedic memory and profound, insightful understanding of events over expanses of time and territory yield not only trove of information and useful data but an intricately constructed story that is gripping to the end. I've just completed my second reading of the book, clearly lacking her ability to see entire pictures from thirty thousand feet, and found it just as compelling the second time through. For anyone who felt sympathy for former Exxon/Mobil CEO and former Secretary of State Rex FaTillerson for the treatment he received at the hands of Donald Trump, save your tears for our country, our globe, and the future of democracy with big oil and Vladimir Putin pulling all the strings..
Anonymous 3 months ago
Subject matter is fascinating. Rather depressing to read about how corrupt Russia and people in the US are. Her writing leaves something to be desired. Too many "in" abbreviations and words that are not understandable to the general public, I think. Particularly those not sophisticated about politics.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Subject matter is fascinating. Rather depressing to read about how corrupt Russia and people in the US are. Her writing leaves something to be desired. Too many "in" abbreviations and words that are not understandable to the general public, I think. Particularly those not sophisticated about politics.
naturemanLB 4 months ago
Rachel Maddow is a gifted writer who provides the reader with a disturbing account of the oil and gas industry. Her writing in this book should make people realize just how important it is to stay informed. It has been a long time since I have read something so excellent. The corruption currently seen in our government is something she deals with in a systematic and informative manner. This book is one for the ages. I highly recommend this book for its history and the integrity within its pages.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Borrowed this book in hopes to gain a new perspective on things. Couldn't even finish it. Boring.
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good