Vultures' Picnic
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14 Nov 2011 | Dutton | 18 - AND UP

Vultures' Picnic (Amplified Edition)

Greg Palast

An enhanced eBook featuring fifteen videos from investigative reporter Greg Palast's globetrotting, Sam Spade-style investigation—including extraordinary footage of pre-dawn stake-outs of billionaire financial vultures, narrowly avoiding prison in Azerbaijan (shot with a spy-pen camera), exploring the inside a whale carcass in the Arctic and trekking deep in the Amazon rainforest. Watch as Palast connects the dots of corruption between the oil industry, the financial sector, and the government.

On April 20, 2010, BP's Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven men and spilling million of barrels of crude oil into the water. Days later, a confidential cable arrives on investigative reporter Greg Palast's desk from a terrified insider. He has the real, hushed-up facts of the disaster—facts that can only be found buried in the files of a Central Asian dictatorship.

Taking him and his team of journalist-detectives from the streets of Baku, where Palast searches for a brown valise full of millions, to a small Eskimo village where he hears first hand of the depth of deceit and heartbreaking environmental devastation, to a burnt out nuclear reactor in Japan to Chevron's operations in the Amazon jungle, Vultures' Picnic charts the course of Palast's quest to bring the truth of the BP disaster to light. Along the way, we see the many other crimes perpetrated by the energy giants of the worlds, the banks that fund their lies, and the governments that turn a blind eye.

Like a page-turning spy thriller, full of mystery, intrigue, and featuring a reporter with the guts to get arrested, chase down insiders, or stakeout a Vulture in the still of a winter morning, Vultures' Picnic is pulp non-fiction at its best. It's a journey into the corrupt heart of Big Oil, and behind it, Bigger Finance, exposing once and for all the corporate vultures that feed on the weak, and poison our planet.

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