Published by Crown on October 1, 2019
Genres: Nonfiction, Political, History, Economics
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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy—Winner Take All
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.”
This book is a clarion call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest industry on earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of predatory oil executives and their enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, “Democracy either wins this one or disappears.”
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—Winner Take All
Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
I watch Rachel’s show anytime I can. She has this way about her that when she explains something, she gives all of the information, and she delivers it a way that is easy to understand. I picked this book to read, not only because it is by her, but because I want to learn more about Russia, the 2016 election, and everything in between.
A good chunk of this book is about the gas and oil industry, and how it rules over our politics. I knew some about this, but now I’m blown away by how much I did not know. The connection between this, Oklahoma earthquakes, Deep Water Horizon, and how they ruin 3rd world countries. It just blows my mind.
I understood why people were upset over Rex Tillerson becoming SOS. After reading this I realize I had no real grasp on it and I’m just speechless.
Rachel is a phenomenal reporter. She does her research, and she does it well. Whether your a fan of her show, or someone who does not, and no matter your political views, I really feel like everyone should read this book.