AUTHOR PLATFORM: The Rachel Maddow Show consistently ranks as one of the top cable news programs on the air and averages 3 million viewers.
BESTSELLER IN HARDCOVER: Blowout debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remained on the list for 15 weeks.
ACCOLADES: The New York Times praised it as “rollickingly well-written…filled with fascinating, exciting and alarming stories about the impact of the oil and gas industry on the world today,” and InStyle said it “Radiates zing, intelligence, and black humor.”
“At its heart, this book is a tale of two countries, the United States and Russia, and how, as Maddow sees it—individually and together—they have been warped by a rapacious fossil fuel industry…. Fulminating comes easy to Rachel Maddow. What sets her apart from other serial fulminators is that she does it with facts—and sardonic wit.”—Washington Post
“[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)
“Known for her intense inquiries into complex subjects, Maddow brings her laser-like intuitiveness and keen and wily perception to Big Oil, that stalwart of global economics, and the shadowy nexus of commerce and politics. Maddow likes murky, the murkier the better, and her examination of the intricacies of off-shore drilling, transnational pipelines, and hydraulic fracking is as deep as the coveted wells themselves…. Like trailblazing journalists before her, Maddow exposes both the slapdash and sinister practices underlying geopolitics and energy policies and revels in peeling back the layers of malfeasance to stoke righteous outrage.”—Booklist (starred review)
“All fans of Maddow, and even her detractors, will learn something new from this highly readable yet impressively detailed book. Anyone interested in the covert deals that change the nature of the global environmental and political landscape will devour. A must-have for all collections.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Radiates zing, intelligence, and black humor. Much like its author.”—InStyle
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