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Blowout

Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
Lu par : Rachel Maddow
Durée : 15 h et 33 min
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Number-One New York Times Best Seller

Big Oil and Gas versus democracy - winner take all

In 2010, the words "earthquake swarm" entered the lexicon in Oklahoma. That same year, a trove of Michael Jackson memorabilia - including his iconic crystal-encrusted white glove - was sold at auction for over $1 million to a guy who was, officially, just the lowly forestry minister of the tiny nation of Equatorial Guinea. And in 2014, Ukrainian revolutionaries raided the palace of their ousted president and found a zoo of peacocks, gilded toilets, and a floating restaurant modeled after a Spanish galleon. Unlikely as it might seem, there is a thread connecting these events, and Rachel Maddow follows it to its crooked source: the unimaginably lucrative and equally corrupting oil and gas industry. 

With her trademark black humor, Maddow takes us on a switchback journey around the globe, revealing the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas along the way, and drawing a surprising conclusion about how and why the Russian government hacked the 2016 US election. She deftly 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 West’s most important alliances, and the United States. Chevron, BP, and a host of other industry players get their star turn, most notably ExxonMobil and the deceptively well-behaved Rex Tillerson. 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."

Blowout is a call to contain the lion: to stop subsidizing the wealthiest businesses on Earth, to fight for transparency, and to check the influence of the world’s most destructive industry and its enablers. The stakes have never been higher. As Maddow writes, "Democracy either wins this one or disappears."

©2019 Rachel Maddow (P)2019 Random House Audio

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“[Maddow] may be a popular, progressive news-and-commentary anchor on MSNBC, but it's not to be forgotten that she holds a doctorate in politics from Oxford and seems to devour whole libraries of data before breakfast each day.... Expect a tweetstorm as Maddow’s indictment of a corrupt industry finds readers - and it deserves many.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) 

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  • Aarmen
  • 28/10/2019

it's all about the oil

My first experience at listening to a book with audible. Rachel's new book was excellent and her reading it was an extra bonus. Blowout does a great job of of explaining how oil is the biggest influencer of our world. Not just economically but geopolitically also. The amoral way oil companies have influenced countries and contributed to the oppression of third world countries.

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  • Fred
  • 10/03/2020

everything is horrible. nothing is good.

I was offshore during some of these events she described, and have a pretty good understanding about what was happened. She described what they thought happened, before there was evidence. The evidence shows how a lot of her reporting is not correct. She choose to stick with the preliminary guesses, and not to update the story based on evidence.
With what I believe to be true, compared to what she was saying, I question if she is telling the whole story on things I am not so familiar with.

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  • joanne R. Hepworth
  • 28/10/2019

Best book ever on corruption at its oily core.

Rachael is a wonderful narrator of this important and believable expose of the rotten core beneath the oil and gas industry and all it supports. In many ways it explains so much so clearly, it is a true masterpiece.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12/10/2019

chilling...

i lived sixty years of my life in Oklahoma. i have had family, friends and clients who have lived their entire lives in or on the fringes of the oil patch. i have witnessed and they have experienced the booms and busts of the oil patch. some of Madow's story i already knew, but i am shocked and stunned at how much was totally unknown to me. i have watched Madow enough to have great respect for her diligence, intellect and honesty, even when she occasionally comes close to going on a rant. i have learned that if i sit still and listen, i will almost always find her compelling and convincing. we are in really deep trouble here - way more than i had ever imagined

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  • Pat Murray
  • 10/10/2019

Brilliant, Terrifying and yet you Must listen...

If you are already familiar with the work of the brilliant Rachel Maddow, this book is a, ‘no- brainer’ choice for you. It contains her unique gift of thorough, precise research wrapped in her fascinating craft of, ‘story telling’ which is all refreshingly presented in outstanding writing. The story, while always interesting is truly heartbreaking and terrifying, yet Rachel manages to keep you coming along because on the one hand it’s like a shocking (but real life) horror movie and on the other hand you’re desperate for some hope that we (democracy, the planet) stand any chance at all. The added bonus of Rachel narrating her own work allows us to hear every nuance, just as she intended as she wrote it, and the effect is captivating. She still manages to make us laugh through our tears and instruct without preaching. Every single high school, college, book club, legislator and adult human should read this book - and then - show the world, “this is what democracy looks like”. Rachel Maddow is a national treasure and we’d better get it together and start listening to her. She’s on to the truth of it here and she’s lighting the way (hopefully via sunlight) for any reasonable person to learn, understand and then act, if we are to save ourselves, and the future of the planet. Listen to this book and then buy one for everyone you know. As with any real life story, it’s far more interesting than fiction and further, assuming you don’t work in the industry, and perhaps even if you do, you’ll be stunned to realize how much you don’t know about what you don’t know. Don’t pass up the chance to listen to Rachel explain how everything that’s happening right now is all connected and after you run though a few stages of grief you’ll find yourself well rewarded for listening because you’ll be so much more well informed and you got there by being thoroughly engaged and fascinated throughout the entire journey.

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  • gramgram
  • 04/01/2020

Disappointing

I love the Rachel Maddow show and how Rachel builds to her endings but this book goes on forever with way toooo many details about the oil industry and Russian interference than is needed to make her final points. While extremely well researched and written I thought it was very boring and painfully long. I stuck with it to the end hoping it would have some big bombshell ending but it just crept to the end.

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  • 07/12/2019

boring and slow<br />

terrible was really let down. for some one appears to be smart this was dull and uneventful.

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  • Debra Marie Jensen
  • 09/10/2019

I live in Oklahoma

Thank God for Rachel Maddow. I live in Oklahoma and I remember one winter Propane shot up to 4.00 a gallon. It took everything I had to just stay warm that winter. I now know why... God bless you Rachel and all that you are and do. You my dear are a national treasure. Thank you for writing this book.

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  • Mia Culpepper
  • 10/10/2019

More than I ever wanted to know about oil and gas.

I never had an interest in knowing anything about the oil and gas companies and I was perfectly happy not thinking about Russia in my daily life. Unfortunately my life has been turned into an ugly reality show I never wanted or watched. Since RM can explain anything in such a way that I can understand, I thought it was time to to be schooled. I gritted my teeth and listened to her melodious voice weave me a despicable B grade horror story of corruption . Thank you Tillerson and Putin for your absolute greed so great that we could no longer look away. Thank You Rachel Maddow for telling a story that we all need to hear.

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  • Monkeysuit
  • 08/10/2019

Must Read

I was born and raised in west Texas (direction not city) and I know the oil life. The impact the oil industry has on our communities appears is different conversation. This book gives insight on how it is all connected and how sad and destructive it is.

Oil and power makes me think of what my dad would say to me as a young kid, “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.

Thank you for doing your research and making sure it is accurate.

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  • Bookitty
  • 02/11/2019

One of the most relevant looks onto global affairs

... in our current time. This was fascinating and amazing. I just finished 'Blowout' and it was off the charts relevant and mindblowing in its scope of current global historical affairs on the topic, so to listen to Rachel in her own voice, which expertly rendered the text as always both in a perfect tempo and with a witty levity that completely transcended the cliché of dry academic research in favour or actual educational entertainment was not only a treat, but a privilege. What I love about her work - also seen in 'Drift' which I read in print - is her unparalleled talent to boiling down very complex issues to a level of clarity that paints a picture of a huge knot of stories that are interconnected and sometimes run next to each other and over each other and contrary to each other, but when Rachel is done with them, a global picture emerges that connects all the dots and lets you look at it with a bird's eye view that reveals the logic of it. And it's one thing to apply that talent to news broadcasting in contained segements, but to be able to take that into the long form of a book that holds your attention and is unputdownable (or unearplugable) is simply impressive. Rachel Maddow is one of the few great storytellers of our time. A political bard, if you will and I hope she continues her work in whatever medium she choses for a long long time. This one is definitely worth a big recommendation.

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  • Marvin Scott
  • 03/06/2020

informative

loved it. I enjoyed the thorough investigation. The subject matter is a different reminder of power and corruption.

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  • A. Watt
  • 03/01/2020

The Most Important Book of 2019

This book is a must for anyone who has ever used oil or voted. It is unbelievable how much corruption in Russia has influenced the rest of the free world's politics and economies. Maddow manages to make an appalling situation engaging and not depressing.
I am always a fan of authors who read their own books. After listening to this book, I can also understand how she got her start on radio.

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  • EdP
  • 17/12/2019

well researched, vivid and energizing

Maddow did great research and articulating work in this book. She put it all together beautifully and vividly, and her reading is just ... so HER i.e. smart, engaging and energizing !

As it happens, I worked in the extractive industry, and I admit I was amazed how somebody who admittedly didn't know anything about this industry could put together such a clever, well informed and essential book.
Two themes I found particularly interesting :
- The historical research was extraordinary well done, and the cross-referencing and conclusions-drawing was astute. I had many "aha" jubilating moments listening to this.
- The analysis of the recent (current ?) developments re. Russia's meddling in the US elections solidified my surmises, and - frankly - is very worrying.

This book is definitely one of 2019's essentials.

PS: if you enjoyed this audiobook, you will enjoy reading Fiona Hill's "Mister Putin" and "The Siberian Curse".

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  • Alex
  • 07/10/2019

THE BOOK to understand current and future developments!

Rachel Maddow at her best: a bit funny, a bit sarcastic and MUCH information about the origins of oil drilling and the consequent oil money and oil power in american, russian and global politics. Like her TV-News-Hour easy to hear and easy to understand. A basic to want to hear and to read more about the backrounds of the actual state of global affairs!

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  • Corvus
  • 06/10/2019

Fascinating and disturbing read/listen

What a fascinating book! I really didn’t know much about the oil industry beyond that they’re greedy, corrupt and destroying our environment. This book gives the oil and gas industry some real color and - in a story telling mode - dives deep into the history of this nasty business. It also becomes clear that politics today is about money, the power that money can buy and enormous greed. The situation today in the USA with a malignant liar in charge is all about dropping sanctions to Russia so that a few select people can increase their grotesque wealth. Trump obviously wants to belong to this corrupt clan very badly.
Blowout is easy to follow and having it read to you by Rachel Maddow herself is a great bonus as she is an excellent narrator.
Now I’m going to buy Drift - if it’s half as good as Blowout, I’ll be thrilled.