What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running the World

What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running the World

by Melissa Rossi

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Overview

Most of us know the big players politically in the United States. But ever wonder who’s pulling their strings? Who the movers and shakers are around the globe? In sharp, witty prose, What Every American Should Know About Who’s Really Running the World spells out exactly who to watch and what they’ve done (and are still doing).

Get the lowdown on:

   • Pfizer
   • Monsanto
   • Oprah Winfrey
   • WTO & IMF
   • Wal-Mart
   • Rupert Murdoch
   • Al Qaeda

Filled with hard facts, global issues, and profiles of the heavy hitters, What Every American Should Know About Who’s Really Running the World is essential reading for all Americans who want a handle on the movers and shakers behind the headlines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440627927
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 691,264
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Melissa Rossi is an award-winning veteran journalist who has penned articles for Newsweek, NewsdayEsquireGeorge, MSNBC, The New York Observer, and, until recently, wrote a regular column for National Geographic Traveler. She has written extensively about Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has lived abroad for many years.

Table of Contents

What Every American Should Know About Who's Really Running the WorldAcknowledgments
Introduction
Part I. The Right
1. Briefing: The Mighty Right
2. The Christian Right: Introducing the Handmaiden's Tale?
3. The Bushes: Texan Blue Bloods
4. Bush Insiders: The Vulcans
5. The Neocons: Professional Alarmists
Part II. Food and Drug
6. Briefing: How Big Pharma Works
7. FDA: A Failed Experiment?
8. Pfizer: The Hungry Giant
9. Monsanto: The Revolutionary
Part III. Shadowy Stuff
10. Briefing: Spooks, Sneaks, and Snitches
11. Post-9/11 World: Securing the Patriots
12. Foreign Intelligence: Stirring Up the Wolrd
Part IV: Consumerism
13. Wal-Mart: The Slave Driver
14. Credit Card Companies: The Corporate Loan Sharks
Part V. Persuaders
15. Public Relations Companies: The Propagandists
16. Rupert Murdoch: The Mightiest Media Magnate
17. Think Tanks: Questionable Sources
18. Council on Foreign Relations: Powerful Whispers
19. George Soros: The Meddler
20. Rev. Sun Myung Moon: Still Rising
21. Media Matters: Losing Focus
Part VI. War Machine
22. Briefing: Defense Maneuverings
23. DARPA: Over the Edge and into the Present
24. Lockheed Martin: Snoop 'n' Shoot
25. Halliburton: Inside Connections
26. The Carlyle Group: Slippery Arms
27. Bechtel: The Master Builder
Part VII. Precious Liquids
28. Briefing: Oil and Water
29. The Oil Beast: An Addiction
30. The al-Saud: Conflicts of Interest
31. OPEC: Controlling Natural Riches
32. Non-OPEC Oil Producers: The Outsiders
33. Veolia and Suez: The New Water Barons
Part VIII. Rogues
34. North Korea: Nuclear Rogue
35. Terrorists: Aiding the Government?
36. Organized Criminals: Modern Misfits
Part IX. What's Next
Notes
Bibliography
Resources
Index

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What Every American Should Know about Who's Really Running the World 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
szarka on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There's a really great book to be written along the lines of this one: a catalog of the people, companies, and organizations that "run" the world, and about which most of us know too little. Sadly, Melissa Rossi did not write it. As noted by other reviewers, Rossi is strongly biased--the book is little more than an excuse to savage George W. Bush and anyone associated with him. Even so, Rossi could have written an interesting and useful book along those lines if she had carefully researched her topic. Instead, we get a mish-mash of half-truths and thinly-veiled conspiracy theories. I will never waste my money on another of her books.I'm not aware of another book that tries to do what this one claims to do and succeeds. But Russ Kick's books Everything You Know Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Secrets and Lies, 100 Things You're Not Supposed to Know, You Are STILL Being Lied To: The NEW Disinformation Guide to Media Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths, and others are at least worth a look.
knipfty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting read. I'm guessing that the author is paranoid and a liberal. I'm reasonable sure that a conservative author would find things to be paranoid about with liberal groups that really run the world as well.
reannon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Covers everything from the religious right to the neoconservatives to Big Pharma, to oil companies, water companies, Haliburton,, Bechtel, and more Very eye-opening.
gpmartinson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Truly frightening and very important if just a tad superficial in its coverage. I found the information about the water infrastructure and the defense contracting industry truly interesting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Melissa Rossi has an insatiable curiosity, a brilliant mind, a warped and hysterical sense of humor and a driving need to Tell the Truth. Her work is gutsy and powerful behind the laugh. She is a rare voice in our culture of corporate sellouts and politically correct rhetoric. Buy this book so she will keep on singing the songs we all need to hear!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Entertaining. But.....one has to wonder about the accuracy of many of the statistics when there are GLARING errors. Perhaps the most obvious one is her reference to the 'Seven Day War of 1967' in the Middle East. I read this several times, actually questioning myself as to whether it was, indeed, the Seven Day War or, as is the case, the Six Day War of 1967. If this well- known fact can be wrong, what else??? There is also the sentence on page 45 which reads '.....as a 1978 U.S. congressional candidate in Wyoming, he wrote a letter to every Montanan asking for their vote......' Does she not know what Wyoming citizens are called, or if he did write to all those citizens on Montana, what would be the purpose since they can't vote in Wyoming. Or is this just another gross error. Also on page 98 she writes: '.....Celebrex, a painkiller prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis that brought in upwards or $3 billion......' While Celebrex CAN be prescribed for rheumatoid arthritis, it is more often presceibed for osteoarthritis, two very different things. The very least she could have done is list the accurate use for this medication. Then there's the little matter of using words like 'snuck' and 'broker' [meaning having fewer funds] for which there appears to be no usage like this. I'd suggest passing on this book and looking for an author with a bit more credibility.