I’ve just finished “Armed Madhouse” by Greg Palast, Plume Press 2006,2007. This is by far the most interesting and informative book I have ever read in my entire 56 years. The publisher gave me a free copy if I agreed to review it. I was worried when I agreed to review it that they might have wasted their money and postage, but after lying around for a week in my office, I cracked it open and couldn’t put it down except when information overload forced me to take a break.
Every single chapter left me numb. All of the things that I had taken for granted, things I thought I knew, were unceremoniously exploded before my very eyes, by the best explosive expert in the literary world. The one thing that kept running through my mind after reading the things he was writing (that were also backed up with facts and pictures), was why hasn’t this been reported on by the media? Why hasn’t the New York Times and the other papers jumped on this? Why haven’t the news shows done coverage of this? Although I knew before reading the book that the mainstream media was not giving us a clear picture, I never believed that they were hiding basic truths, and actively misleading American citizens. I never believed that the media was really either afraid to report the truth, or actively part of this culture of disinformation.
Like I said, this wasn’t a book that for me, I could read in one night. As a journalist, I had to Google some of his claims and research some of the facts he gives. Everything he said that I checked out seemed to be authentic. The entire time I was reading I was astounded by how much information Palast managed to glean from people. He seems to have connections everywhere. Why, I asked myself, aren’t other journalists doing the same thing? Is this the only well-connected journalist with the courage to show us what is really going on in the world?
Palast exposes how Bush not only stole the 2000 election, but how he did it again in 2004! He not only tells us where he stole the votes, but who did it, and how. I kept thinking that he probably sleeps better at night now that the book is out and there are probably less people out to shut him up. Once you read this book, you will understand exactly what I’m saying.