by Greg Palast
Friday, April 28, 2006 - For the past two years, I've nearly
disappeared from BBC Television screens and from newspapers so my team
could focus on our most important investigation yet. I've put it in a
book: Armed Madhouse. The book travels from Beijing to New Orleans to
Caracas to Baghdad to New Mexico ... a five-part investigation of
global economic piggery so deep, dark and devious you just have to
scream or cry -- or laugh.
Don't be fooled by the fact that 'Armed Madhouse' is entertaining --
this is my most serious reporting yet -- connecting oil panic,
Hurricane Katrina, Chinese currency, Venezuela's petrodollars,
disappearing ballots, Thomas Friedman, more oil, and the murder of
General Motors. These are dispatches from the front lines of the class
Here is our new world of militarized greed, where America's panic
over lunatics with box-cutters has metastasized into a billion-dollar
fear industry; where Republicans sucking on Super-sized Slurpies(r)
are hunting dark-skinned voters to eliminate their rights; where James
Baker's fixer in alligator boots sets up the grab for Iraq's oil on
her way to the rodeo; where miners are suffocated by the same
investment bankers who are siphoning off auto workers' pensions. I add
50 illustrations, including those intriguing ones marked 'secret' by
the State Department and the World Bank, plus a brilliant recipe for
shrimp curry -- and Dick Cheney.
THERE ARE FIVE SECTIONS:
THE NETWORK: The World as a Company Town. The weird and frightening
facts about the tidal flow of international currency -- the real story
of China's rise and the death of Detroit. Plus a report from the
future on the assassination of Hugo Chavez -- and explain why it had
to be done.
THE CON: Kerry Won -- but two million of his votes were never
counted. They can't take away your Social Security until they take
away your vote. In the 2008 race, four million ballots will go
missing. Here's how it will be done.
THE FEAR: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf? Turning Ground Zero into a
Profit Center. Why does Southold, New York, have machine guns on SUVs
at the casino ferry? Investigations of health insurance and suicide
bombings -- in other words, the fun chapter.
THE FLOW: Trillion Dollar Babies. If you thought George Bush had a
secret plan to seize Iraq's oil -- you're wrong. He had TWO plans, and
Armed Madhouse has both of them.
THE CLASS WAR: I go deeper into George Bush's crude system of
educational terror ("No Child's Behind Left"), Ken Lay's REAL crimes
for which he won't be tried and the story of New Orleans you won't get
on Fox Schnews. Here you'll get some complex economics and a free
ticket to the circus -- and the core issue of the book: the war of the
movers and shakers against the moved and shaken.
Asia Times says, "Greg Palast, the man widely considered as the top
investigative journalist in the United States, is persona non grata in
his own country's media." But it's not ME that's 'non-grata' -- it's
the information about the Washington regime that is shut out of the
mainstream press in the USA.
I'm writing to ask you to order the book right NOW for delivery the
week of its release, June 6. Here's why. These early sales are crucial
to convincing mainstream media that America really wants to know what
the hell is going on. My last book, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,
helped open the forbidden topic of vote theft in America. Now, we need
break the media's omerta, the silencing of talk of class war.
I'm asked again and again, What can we DO? The answer is, we can't do
anything until we're INFORMED. We can't prevent the theft of the '08
election until you know the crazy details of the theft of '04. We
can't stop the coming war in Venezuela until we learn the weird story
of how Big Oil mapped out Iraq's petroleum destiny. We can't shield
ourselves from economic onslaught until we have the hard, if hidden,
facts of class conflict from the Sino-dollar panic to the
privatization of hurricane planning. That's why I wrote this book.
AND IF YOU'RE OF A MIND TO BUY IT, PLEASE DO SO NOW VIA LOCAL OR 'NET
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