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    Number one New York Times best seller

    Big Oil and Gas versus democracy - winner take all

    “A rollickingly well-written book, filled with fascinating, exciting, and alarming stories about the impact of the oil and gas industry on the world today.” (The New York Times Book Review)

    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 more than one million dollars 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 oil 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • racerx8
    • 07/12/2019

    boring and slow

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

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    • Patricia Fincatti Moreira
    • 24/10/2019

    I'm just sad it's over!

    If you watch her show at all, you'll find that having her read this book will be like an extra special treat of having more time with such a sane, reassuring voice guiding you through something exceedingly complex and timely. She pulled off in a grander scale the same thing she accomplishes every night: pulling seemingly disparate threads and weaving them together in a cogent, intelligent way until you see the full picture coming into focus. It's an incredibly informative book from several points of view - you learn a bit of geology, the history of the oil and gas industry, and a lot of geopolitics. I liked how she structured the book - the same themes, places, and people would pop up again and again, pushing her narrative forward through important dates and facts without being too much of one thing at once. The whole picture she painted here is pertinent, enlightening, and incredibly alarming. However, there are glimpses of hope. I'm just sad it's over.

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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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    • Garrick H.
    • 17/12/2019

    Typical Rachel Maddow.

    Did this really have to be an 18 hour book? I feel like it could’ve been summed up in 45 minutes. But hey, it’s Rachel Maddow. So you don’t really expect brevity.

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    • Jessica Cymbalski
    • 28/10/2019

    How we got here.

    Informative and scary account of how big oil rules our world. Corporate greed on a global scale.

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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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    • Julia
    • 28/12/2020

    Sehr persönlicher Rachefeldzug, wenig Erkenntnis

    Die Autorin erzählt sehr Intimes über ihre Gefühlswelten. Dafür großen Respekt. Nun schildert sie zwar Geschehnisse aus dem Kreis der Familie Trump, allerdings bestehen 90% des Hörbüuches aus Mutmaßungen, welche Intentionen oder Agendas die jeweiligen Angehörigen möglicherweise hatten. Zwar hat sie Psychologie studiert, jedoch wiederholt Sie immer wieder, wie gedemütigt und nicht wertgeschätzt sie und ihr Vater wurden. Ist auch sehr mutig, aber für 90% Interpretation und Mutmaßungen fehlt mir hier dann doch die Distanz zu den Geschehnissen. Dass sie dennoch mit häufiger Betonung auf Ihr Psychologieetudium Seriosität versucht zu vermitteln hier eine Art Psychogramm zu verkaufen, finde ich etwas fragwürdig.

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    • Kindle kunde
    • 12/11/2020

    Na bumm Enthüllung von kleptokraten

    ,minutiös wird beschrieben wie die Öl Industrie und alle gefährdet. Vor allem weil sie unsere Demokratie unterwandert und US Öl Firmen auch Putin ans friends fördert.

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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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    • StellaH
    • 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.