Book Review:

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

by Alice Cherbonnier

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy

by Greg Palast
London: Pluto Press, 2002; 211 pages

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy is a compilation of investigative reports by Greg Palast, a US reporter who has found economic support for his work from the British media, but not in his homeland.

Not that what he writes isn't true; to the contrary. But it's painful reading. Palast is known for stripping off polite veneer and showing what's underneath. It's gritty and ugly, because he doesn't choose to report on fluff stuff. And his work is not partisan; you might say he practices "equal opportunity" journalism—whoever has the opportunity to cheat the public, pollute the environment, or hide truths the public has a right to know is equally likely to be the subject of a Palast piece.

The riveting chapters in this book, subtitled "An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters," are titled:

Too many questions? This is only the beginning. You'll come away from reading this hard-nosed book dizzy with new information and nauseated by confirmations of your worst fears.

Buy it to support Palast's work (proceeds will underwrite his research). Read it to inform yourself, since the establishment press seems determined not to let you in on who's doing what to whom (unless it's something like Monica and Bill—a comparatively trivial story Palast skips entirely). Share it. Talk about it. Ask for it at the public library to make sure they order it.

Want more? Go to Palast's website at for more stories, documentation, and updates.

There's a word in the 'hood for Greg Palast: righteous.

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This story was published on June 5, 2002.