Armed Madhouse

Version: Abridged
Author: Greg Palast
Narrator: Greg Palast , Various Artists
Genres: Politics, American Politics
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: June 2006
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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The bestselling author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy offers his most provocative and funniest book yet!

Greg Palast has spent the last thirty years getting the goods on corporate con men and political hucksters. Now he and his special guests cut through the TV news babytalk in Armed Madhouse. Armed with more than fifty classified documents and confidential memos, Palast brings you the stories not allowed in The New York Times, including:

Before invading, George Bush didn't have a secret plan to seize Iraq's oil -- he had two. Palast shows you both.

In 'Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?,' Palast reveals the horror and humor of the War on Terror.

In 'The Network,' Palast gives you the skinny on the new global order -- and pushes Thomas Friedman over the edge of his Flat World.

It was Palast, for BBC TV, who first uncovered how Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris stole Election 2000. Now he tells you that Kerry won in 2004 -- and that 2008 is already fixed.

Who drowned New Orleans? Palast names names -- and adds some suggestions for fighting the new Class War.

Greg Palast speaks truth to power the only way you can -- by letting the facts speak for themselves. Get the straight story on what today's self-appointed Masters of the Universe have in store for you.

Reviews (3)

time to move on

Written by Anonymous from Encinitas, CA on November 21st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book details many of the down sides of the Bush presidency, going back to many documented and some new reports of election fraud from the 2000 and 2004 elections. Some of the economic theories and free trade discussions need a little more explaination, and other policy failure discussions of the past eight years have been discussed enough over the years so that it's no longer breaking news. Book has become somewhat dated following the 2008 election. Obama is in, and Bush is out, and it's time to move on.

Armed Madhouse

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on January 18th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Palast, previously a corporate fraud/racketeering investigator, is currently an economist/investigative journalist for the BBC, and the British paper "The Observer". The stories he investigates are mysteriously getting little to no exposure in the US press, which I find alarming. I am astounded that companies like ChoicePoint are still operating, and that the voter fraud that they have contributed to isn't under serious investigation. This seems gargantuan compared to things like Watergate, and nobody seems to be doing anything about it! This book just isn't just about ballot spoilage though, and covers other frightening topics, such as the erosion of workers rights, and the fact that other than the top 5%, most Americans are making LESS than they did even a decade ago. It is a pity he has such a bombastic personality - which definitely comes out in his narration. However, as he says himself, he's not out there to be anyones "friend". Perhaps that's part of of his charm.

Armed Mad Mouth

Written by Mandi Chestler from Lake Oswego, OR on December 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Greg Palast wrote an important book, but he would do well to stop self-narrating his own material. His chip-on-the-shoulder tone-of-voice makes it hard to keep listening at times. It's too bad because this jeopardizes his impeccable research and reporting. Chapters on the fixed 2004 election, the neo-con plan to seize Iraq oil in the name of price fixing, and the drowning of New Orleans as tactic in class warfare are interesting enough to speak for themselves. Palast's pen is a mighty sword. But he should stick to writing and zip his lips. Or call the book "Armed Madhouse" but change the name of the audio to "Armed Mad Mouth".

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Garofalo, Janeane

Ben Stiller and Janeane Garofalo are currently touring the world, bringing their unique message of enlightenment and hope to seekers everywhere.

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Hightower, Jim

Jim Hightower is a political spark plug who has spent 25 years battling Washington and Wall Street on behalf of working families, consumers, environmentalists, small businesses and just plain folk. He confesses that he has been a practicing politician, serving two terms as Texas' elected agriculture commisioner. In addition to his popular radio broadcasts, his speechifying and all-around agitating, he publishes the biweekly political newsletter "The Hightower Lowdown". His previous bestseller was "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos."

Biafra, Jello

Biafra was the lead singer for the Dead Kennedys.

Proops, Greg

Greg Proops is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, best known for his unpredictable appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which is back on TV on the CW network. Greg's chart-topping podcast, "The Smartest Man in the World," has been downloaded more than nine million times. Greg has also been a voice actor in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace and The Nightmare Before Christmas, and he has played Bob in Bob the Builder. He lives in Hollywood.

Palast, Greg

Author of two NYT's bestsellers (Armed Madhouse and Best Democracy Money can buy), Greg Palast is an investigator of corporate fraud and racketeering turned journalist. His writings appear in Harper's, the BBC, the Guardian, and Democracy Now.

Benjamin, Medea

Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of the peace group CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. A former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization, she is the author or editor of eight books. Her articles appear regularly in publications such as the Huffington Post, CommonDreams, AlterNet and OpEd News.