Armed Madhouse: Who's Afraid of Osama Wolf?, China Floats, Bush Sinks, the Scheme to Steal '08, No Child's Behind Left, and Other Disp
Greg Palast. Dutton, $25.95 (360pp) ISBN 978-0-525-94968-8
Palast (The Best Democracy Money can Buy) is a refreshing, fearless witness to the American political landscape-and he doesn't really care whether or not you like him for it: ""I am not a nice man. You want something heartwarming ... buy a puppy."" Though Palast comes right out and calls George Bush II un-American (""'Greg, you have no respect for the office of the President.' No, I don't. Not one iota.""), the author is not another TV or radio personality with an axe to grind. A former corporate fraud and racketeering investigator, Palast is an economist and investigative journalist, and his arguments are based on research and fact. At once scary, infuriating, fascinating and frustrating, this book covers almost all the controversial political territory of the new century (see the subtitle), including Hurricane Katrina. Palast believes that this crucial period has put every working citizen's rights at stake-""from the Wage and Hour Law's 40-hour week to the Clayton Antitrust Law""-and his well-reasoned outrage makes a convincing case. Unfortunately, Palast is short on solutions; the only actions he advocates are signing up at his web site and voting the bums out-even though, as Palast points out, Bush already ""lost the election. TWICE.""
Reviewed on: 05/29/2006