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Blowout
Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth
By (author): Rachel Maddow
9780525575481 Paperback, Trade English General Trade POLITICAL SCIENCE / Geopolitics Feb 02, 2021
$27.00 CAD
Active 5.15 x 7.9 x 0.99 in | 0.68 lb 448 pages Crown
In her #1 New York Times bestseller, Rachel Maddow unmasks Big Oil and Gas, making the case that the industry poses an existential threat to democracy

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 may seem, a thread connects 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 U.S. 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, 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 it disappears.”

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.”

Rachel Maddow is host of the Emmy Award-winning Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, as well as the author of Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Maddow received a bachelor’s degree in public policy from Stanford University and earned her doctorate in political science at Oxford University. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.

Author Residence: Cummington, MA; New York, NY

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Author Website: www.msnbc.com/blowout

Author Social Media: @Maddow; @Maddowblog ; facebook.com/TheRachelMaddowShow ; www.instagram.com/maddowshow

“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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