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Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth | Rachel Maddow
Big Oil and Gas Versus DemocracyWinner Take All Rachel Maddows 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 globefrom Oklahoma City to Siberia to Equatorial Guineaexposing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas. She shows how Russias 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 Wests 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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itsjustme40something
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Politics aside, this was a well written book and an interesting subject. Definitely worth the read

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keithlafo
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Told with Maddow‘s trademark wit, this book is a remarkable exploration of the oil and gas industry — particularly the way it has contributed to the erosion of American democracy and the election of a particular orange man. Also included is a lengthy insight into Putin, which rings eerily prescient as we follow his unjust war in Ukraine and Europe‘s attempts to cut off his dominance over their energy grid.

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I liked this a lot. It's super informative. She did a great job with the research. The #audiobook is excellent.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1mo
Megabooks I‘m interested in this, but the length has put me off. 1mo
vlwelser @Megabooks I think you would really like this one. The depth and breadth of her project make it super interesting. I didn't mind the length because of that. 1mo
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JenniferdeBie
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Started reading this after Putin invaded Ukraine because I thought it would give a little insight into why, and I was right. Gripping journalism paired with sweeping geopolitics and an astronomical amount of money in this incredible work from Maddow. Definitely worth the read.

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jenniferw88
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CrowCAH Rich is in the title. 3mo
mabell A different take for sure 3mo
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melissajayne
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4⭐ Took me awhile to read it, as it was dense at times and a lot of information to comprehend. It certainly put things in a new light and quite honestly I wasn't that surprised at the level of corruption in present day Russia. The book is very reminiscent of Rachel's style on her show on MSNBC. #2020 #nonfiction #bookspin #bookreview #bookstagram #gasandoil #politics

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AmyG This book was sort of mind blowing. 2y
melissajayne @AmyG it was; I knew the stuff in the last chapter, but I didn't realize how deep the corruption went. I remember Deepwater Horizon and the earthquakes in Oklahoma and the invasion of Ukraine in 2014, but how it was all connected was really fascinating. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
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melissajayne
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My May #bookspin selections

TheAromaofBooks Glad to have you along!! Great list! 2y
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melissajayne
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#bookspin selections for April. Didn‘t finish my March selection Paris; will continue to work on it.

TheAromaofBooks Great list!! And I may have already told you this, but even if you don't finish your March pick in March, just tag me when you do and let me know that it's March's book and I will still give you credit!! 2y
Suet624 Some good ones on your list! 2y
melissajayne @TheAromaofBooks I will be sure to. 2y
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melissajayne
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Here are my #bookspin selections for March. Will likely not do the #doublespin, as I have 2 book club reads this coming month.

TheAromaofBooks Looks great!! Glad to have you along!! 2y
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Floresj
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I have never watched Maddow‘s show or listened to her podcast. I know I‘m in her choir, but I am in absolute awe of how she presented so much evidence on such wide ranging, but connected, topics and made the information so engaging. I read 367 pages and learned something on Every Single Page. She showcases her Rhodes scholar writing exquisitely and I‘m both infuriated, informed, and even more petrified for November. Excellent book.

melissajayne The book is very much like her show: seemingly inaccous events that don't seem to relate to each other are somehow related to each other in some absurd way and made sense. 2y
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The_Real_Nani
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This is no light read and it‘s scary but it needs to be read. It‘s Rachel Maddow, so I assume she‘s preaching to the choir. All I know is that I‘m getting our passports in order and keeping some cold, hard cash stashed away. Just in case. It‘s surreal to read this while the impeachment trial is unfolding. Maddow offers some glimmers of hope but will it be enough?

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The_Real_Nani
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It seems that I‘ve been reading every book except the ones on this list. 😬 Time to clear out my list! I‘m doing a tech Shabbat, a la #TiffanyShlain so I should be able to make headway!

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AmyG
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#Liveandlearn #Booked2020

Holy cow- this book. A well-written history of how the oil industry has corrupted and still corrupts our politics, governments, the environment etc....to put it lightly. Money and power.

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I‘ve seen this book on lots of best lists!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s just so darn good. Maddow is an excellent writer and very timely. @Cinfhen 2y
AmyG @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage It‘s quite mind-blowing. And it explains a,ot of what is happenning now in the world. I had NO idea. 2y
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Cinfhen I‘ll look to add it into my reading/ thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage @AmyG 2y
Lizpixie I love Rachel Maddow. I first started watching her when the bank bailouts happened which she reported on brilliantly & I‘ve been following her since. I have this on audio which she narrates herself & it‘s amazing! Can‘t wait for her next book, Bagman 2y
AmyG @Lizpixie I am a huge fan, too. I used to listen to her on The radio. And there‘s a bew book coming? Awesome! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lizpixie You can listen to her Bag Man podcast, which is fascinating. It‘s about 10 episodes, or maybe not quite that long. It‘s been a while since I listened. 2y
Suet624 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Bag man was so interesting. Amy, how did you feel after reading it? 2y
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Jadams1776
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Final numbers for #Jumpstart2020. I fell a couple of books short, but those, including the tagged book, are currently in progress. I checked off more books for my reading challenges than expected!

Lizpixie Nice job!🙌🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
Clwojick Way to go!! 2y
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This book about the oil industry mainly focuses on Russia and Vladimir Putin, and on fracking in Oklahoma. The Russian aspect is very interesting, while the parts about Oklahoma could be a bit slow at times. Over all though, it's pretty interesting, and I recommend it.

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keithmalek
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Mad skillz? You're a Rhodes scholar, Rachel. Try to sound like one.

Suet624 That jumped out at me too! How strange. 2y
keithmalek @Suet624 Strange that we both noticed it? Or strange that she's talking like that? Because I don't think it's cute or funny or cool to sound stupid. 2y
Suet624 Strange that she‘s writing like that. I wonder if someone was writing for her and she didn‘t catch it. It seems uncharacteristic of her. 2y
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I'm always surprised at how many people don't know this. Then again, they don't talk about it on Dancing With the Stars. So how would they?

Suet624 I had no idea and I feel as though I‘m on top of stuff. 2y
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Suet624 I'll say. 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Maddow talks about oil and Russia and connects a lot of world events in an interesting way.

AmyG This, for me, was an eye-opener and quite mind-blowing. Great book. 2y
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keithmalek
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Lcsmcat 😳 2y
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keithmalek

"There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." --John Stuart Mill

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midath75
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Rachel breaks down everything from how the fracking boom began to how the oil/gas industry has changed politics around the world. Excellent read in my humble opinion.

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John9272
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Absolutely fascinating, well written and researched. Loved it!

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CoffeeK8
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A fascinating and detailed look at the history and politics of the oil and gas industry and how it shaped the world we live in today. It was a little dense for me in places but that was due to my lack of background knowledge not the author. #audiobook

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CoffeeK8
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My beautiful (and cold) drive today.

Cathythoughts So beautiful 3y
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CoffeeK8
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This weather is terrible, but the iced over trees are so beautiful. Listening to the tagged #audiobook

Crazeedi This is a beautiful photo💖 3y
Sace Very pretty picture of some terrible weather. ❄️🥶 3y
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Eggs Beautiful capture! 3y
NovelGirl82 On, how is it?! I‘ve been considering reading this one. 3y
CoffeeK8 @NovelGirl82 I really like it, but a lot of it is totally new to me, so I have to do a little more work to read it (which is not a bad thing at all, but I didn‘t expect it) 3y
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Dr Maddow researched her way through rock, sludge, corruption, geopolitics, oil/gas companies, billionaires and politicians across the globe to write this book. I return popular library books quickly to help the queue of holds, but this book I‘ve had awhile. I interspersed fluff pieces every few chapters so my brain would stay alert for all of her brilliant effort. ...Also, research journalists rock!

lele1432 Can't wait to read this one. And yes to research journalism! 3y
Lindy 👍 3y
marleed @lele1432 It‘s not an easy read because of all the research across so many aspects of corruption and messing with the world. But it is such an important read 3y
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Suet624 Great quote. 3y
marleed @Suet624 It‘s incredible how easily a democracy can be crumbled when those with greed for more power and money enable those with greed for even more power and money. 3y
Suet624 Have you been following Heather Cox Richardson, a history professor who outlines what has happened each day on Facebook? She has outlined in great detail how money and corruption and Republican‘s long game has resulted in where we are today. 3y
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Kathrin
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Maddows is connecting the dots on how the oil industry is shaping policies and how the constituents (and the environment) are being skewed over... all around the world.

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kgriffith
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Cooking and watching the talk I decided not to drive back to campus for, because I was reminded that we would have access to the closed livestream. #procrasticooking

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LauraJ
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Oh, Rachel Maddow, you are wonderful! The audiobook is the way to go on this one since Rachel narrates it with her endearingly witty trademark snark and includes a track from Pussy Riot. The book goes through some twists and turns before coming together to expose the depth of corruption in the oil and gas industry and the effect it has on the world. #nfnov

Clwojick 6 pt 3y
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Lauram
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Full disclosure: I‘m a Rachel Maddow fan and am inclined to like anything she writes. This book contains a history of big oil and gas, the politicians that protect the industry, and how it impacts global politics.

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Managed to read the full 24 hours. I mostly audiobooked though, so I could finish reorganizing my bookshelves - so much better now - and do some audio-puzzling. This was a productive and enjoyable weekend! #24B4Monday #MrBook1inaMillion #Readathon #LitsyPartyofOne @MrBook @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher @Andrew65 @jb72 @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano

Ddzmini I love the under the stairs book area 😍😍😍📚 3y
Texreader Sounds and looks amazing!! Congratulations 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego What a wonderful book nook! 3y
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MrBook This is an insanely awesome bookish spot 😳😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! You were on 🔥🔥🔥!!! 😎👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 3y
phatsallylee I'm very jealous of your book shelves! Looks great! 3y
Chrissyreadit Your bookshelves are amazing! 3y
janeycanuck I have that same puzzle!! 3y
Andrew65 Sensational you rocked it. Thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏😊🥳🍾🥂🍾🥂🍾🥂🙌😍🎯 3y
Morr_Books Thanks @Ddzmini @Texreader @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @MrBook @phatsallylee @Chrissyreadit @Andrew65 !!! It was nice to have my audiobooks to keep me company during this project. I think it turned out well, plus I donated some books and recorded every book on a book app, so I know everything in my library and won't buy doubles anymore. I apparently have 900 books! 📚📚📚 3y
Morr_Books @janeycanuck That puzzle is hard lol! It is one of my favorite places in the world. 3y
janeycanuck @Morr_Books me too - were you there before there flooding? We were there in 2009, I want to go back but I hear the damage from the floods is still causing problems. 3y
Morr_Books @janeycanuck Technically you could say that I was there during the flood. I lived near Cinque Terre until 2016. I heard news that the trail is opening back up for summer 2020, so it is time to plan another trip back 😄 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Very smart!! What app did you use? I often end up with doubles. 3y
Texreader @Morr_Books that‘s so awesome. Congratulations on a job well done and a high book count! 3y
Morr_Books @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I had so many doubles! I am using the app Book Catalogue. I like it. 3y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'll have to look into that. Thanks. 3y
Andrew65 @Morr_Books Even more impressive! 👏👏👏😊👍 3y
Ddzmini That‘s great I have about 820 which includes kindle books and physical books I know my husband thinks I have a problem but I‘m still buying more books 🤣🤣🤣 one day I‘m going to have “Bells” library for beauty and the beast 🙌🏽 3y
Morr_Books @Ddzmini That is the best life goal ever! 😀 3y
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LauraJ
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If you get the audiobook, it includes the Pussy Riot song Putin Zassal (Путин зассал) at the beginning of a chapter. #til that the English translation is, “Putin Pissed His Pants”. Nice.
#nfnov #mrbook1inamillion #24b4monday

MrBook 😳😆 3y
Clwojick 4 pts 3y
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LauraJ
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So, #til that real Russian spies are nowhere as badass as they seem on tv...unless you‘re talking about Boris and Natasha from cartoons. Best chapter of the book yet!
#nfnov #litsypartyofone #24b4monday #mrbook1inamillion

Andrew65 Love the cover! 3y
Clwojick Interesting! 4pts. 3y
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LauraJ
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#til that in 2010 Exxon Mobil‘s regional oil spill response plan for the Gulf of Mexico listed local walruses as a resource. Never mind that walruses don‘t live in the Gulf.
#nfnov #litsypartyofone #24b4monday #mrbook1inamillion

ChasingOm I got this for my birthday, but I‘m afraid to read it. 🤣 3y
LauraJ @ChasingOm it‘s not too grizzly yet. 3y
MrBook 😳🙈 3y
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AmyG
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#MrBook1inamillion #24beforemonday #litsypartyof1
@Alisnazzy @MrBook @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72 @Lynnsoprano @Rachel.Rencher @Lucas.Rencher

I am away for the weekend....but today I can read these 2. Snacks...EmergenC in water as I think I‘m getting a cold. :(

Lynnsoprano Oh, no! Feel better! Nothing worse than feeling sick when you‘re away from home. 3y
AmyG Thanks Lynn. 😘 3y
LiteraryinLawrence Hope you can fight off the cold! 3y
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Andrew65 Oh no, hope you manage to fight it off. 3y
MrBook Uh-oh, no cold, no cold! 🙈 Thank you for participating when you can! ☺️🤗 3y
Rachel.Rencher Feel better! ❤ 3y
AmyG Thank you all. I survived the weekend..and fought back the cold. 3y
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#NFNov I listened to a few hours of Blowout, my head started to explode from the dishonesty and double dealings by the oil & gas companies so I had to stop.Now I‘m switching to The Devil, where at least you know who the villains are! #TIL - one gas company actually used an atomic bomb to break up the shale underneath a Colorado town so it could access the natural gas deposits😱 #MrBook1InAMillion #24B4Monday #readathon #litsypartyofone

ImperfectCJ I heard a story on the radio a few years back about the fracking with atomic bombs. They said they couldn't even pipe the natural gas into people's houses because it was radioactive. Good times. 3y
ljuliel Wow, look at that ! Great total so far, and I‘ve been sleeping ! 3y
EadieB I loved Devil in the White City! Erik Larson is a great writer! 3y
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Clwojick 4 pts. 3y
Andrew65 You rock when it comes to readathons 👏👏👏 3y
MrBook 😳😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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I‘m a huge fan of Rachel Maddow, I first started watching her MSNBC show via podcast after seeing her on The Daily Show with John Stewart. Her ability to cut through the bullshit & fuckery of politics and get to the heart of the matter is second to none. I can‘t wait to hear what she has to say about the oil & gas industry! #NFNov #MrBook1InAMillion #24B4Monday #readathon

kbibliophilific Love her too. This is a stack add for sure! 3y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! Thank you for joining in the fun, my friend! 🤗 3y
Clwojick 1pt 3y
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LauraBeth I want to read this - how do you like it so far? 3y
Hooked_on_books Unfortunately this sounds about right. 3y
Lauram @LauraBeth I‘m a huge Rachel Maddow fan, so I‘m going to like this book even if it‘s awful. Fortunately, it‘s a great book. 3y
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Lauram @Hooked_on_books I hate that we have politicians that support the destruction of life and the environment so a select few can become wealthy beyond anything I can imagine. 3y
LauraBeth Same - I watch her every night. 😀 Glad to hear it‘s a great book! 3y
Sace I so want to read this book, but at the same time I know how angry it will make me feel. 3y
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LauraJ
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Home 🤒 today, but having Rachel Maddow read to me is a good distraction. #nfnov

AmyG This book is wild. 3y
Clwojick Hope you're felling better soon! 1pt. 3y
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Lindy
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Kickass lesbian political analyst Rachel Maddow untangles the far-flung tentacles of Big Oil in this very readable exposé of “Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth.” Informative, depressing, shocking and infuriating, but—ultimately—hopeful. I highly recommend the #audiobook narrated by Maddow herself.

pigeonsandcrows I am not an audiobook fan, but I love Rachel Maddow's voice, so I'll try it. Thanks for the review! 3y
Lindy @pigeonsandcrows If Maddow doesn‘t win you over to the audiobook side, I‘m sure the printed book will be satisfying too. 😊 3y
ljuliel Love Rachel..... she‘s a no nonsense, smart, quick witted newscaster. Plus she‘s funny !. She gets 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3y
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Lindy @ljuliel Yes, indeed! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage One of the best books of 2019. So timely and readable. 3y
RamsFan1963 I want to read this. I might have to get it off Audible.com, it's a 10 week wait on Libby 3y
Lindy @RamsFan1963 This audiobook is certainly worth purchasing. On the other hand, I find the wait times on Libby tend to be shorter than estimated. Maybe because people where I live are good at returning books as soon as they finish. 3y
RamsFan1963 @Lindy I'm waiting for Blowout and the Edward Snowden book on Libby. I usually get books sooner than Libby says, but there have been times it's been the full wait. 3y
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booklover76
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Rachel Maddow is a master at researching. I love watching how she connects things on her show and this book is no different. Definitely a must read for political junkies.

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If you are a 15-year-old boy, your lifetime expectancy is three years longer in Haiti than in Russia.

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Chrissyreadit That‘s very disconcerting. And interesting. 3y
Graywacke Oye, Africa... 3y
Lindy @Chrissyreadit @Graywacke Yes, yes, and yes. 😧 3y
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When well-armed separatists began taking over buildings in major cities in the Donbass, not many close observers believed the Kremlin‘s assertion that it was all homegrown revolutionaries at work. The townsfolk in Kharkiv, for instance, were pretty sure it was actually Russian soldiers who proclaimed the liberation of city hall, because local separatists would have known that what they actually seized was the city‘s main opera theatre.

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The United States was beginning to look like it might be capable of overtaking Russia, become the world leader in oil production. All glory to the frackers… and all apologies to the cows… and the neighbors… and the future prospects for their drinking water.

(Littens, be grateful that I didn‘t use a photo of dead livestock to accompany this quote. There are many tragic fracking-related images on the internet.)

rockpools Govt here has *just* ‘suspended‘ fracking trials (for now). Probably a silly question, but is Rachel Maddow a journalist? I feel like I hear her name a lot here. 3y
Lindy @RachelO Yes, Maddow is an American journalist and political commentator. Good news about the fracking suspension in the UK. (edited) 3y
rockpools @Lindy Thanks! 3y
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The Vigor Marine company website boasted “even the blue and white paint scheme was chosen to accommodate the preferences of whales.” This was news on a few fronts, not least that whales have colour preferences.
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Just finished the audiobook. I normally prefer to read the book but this one has Rachel reading it, so.Rachel Maddow does what she does best, tells a story. In this case, the story of oil and its‘ impacts on the world.I knew it was bad but holy crap,it‘s worse then I realized.Between the politics and environment, oil/gas has screwed all of us. Definitely worth reading/listening to and for listening, you get a bonus Pussy Riot song at the end.