By Rachel Maddow

  • Release Date: 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4
From 82 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Big Oil and Gas Versus Democracy—Winner Take All
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 might seem, there is a thread connecting 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 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, the West’s most important alliances, 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 disappears.”

Video Review Blowout - Rachel Maddow


  • A must read

    By Brad in IL
    Rachel is the absolute best explainer ever. She tells you in such a way that you really get the good or bad reasoning behind major issues
  • Same tune

    By Memeallmeeee
    I couldn’t finish. Deep partisan views. A lot of fake news.
  • Would you like to be bored to death?

    By dipper1130
    Read this
  • Blowout

    By thall3816r
    This is a must read for anyone who wants to truly understand the current state of our geopolitics and its origins.
  • Blowout

    By B Aly
    This starts out with a colossal boom and continues in every chapter! I was intrigued from the opening page and haven’t stopped reading yet. Again Maddow takes a complicated story of the dirty world of the fossil fuel and lays out the complexities of the “ resource cues” of countries rich in deposits, but low on ethics and morals. Incredibly pleased with my purchase and absolutely NO Regrets! Well worth the purchase for anyone with an iota of intelligence, morals, and interest in global economic politics.
  • Blow out

    By bfhtuq
    Well written, easy to read and timely. Highly recommended well worth the time and money

    By cubanthinker
    EXCELLENT ON ALL LEVELS!!!!! A most read !!!!
  • Blow Out

    By droe123456789
    An informative piece of journalism which is on another level and timely in delivery of important news the United States, and the world, need to know!
  • Awful and all false information

    By Yankees5825
    Terrible book and poorly written. Wish I could get my money back