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Carl Hiaasen , Richard Gilliland
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July 1998 Library of Contemporary Thought
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Let's get one thing straight: Carl Hiaasen doesn't like the Walt Disney Company. Whenever the giant entertainment conglomerate stumbles, as it did with its proposed Civil War theme park in Virginia, Hiaasen cheers. When a rhinoceros mysteriously dies at Disney's new theme park, Animal Kingdom, Hiaasen secretly hopes for the worst, because, as he writes, "no scandal is so delectable as a Disney scandal."

A native of Florida, author of such thrillers as Lucky You and Strip Tease, and a journalist for the Miami Herald, Hiaasen comes by his dislike for Disney honestly. He has witnessed the relentless success of the Disney machine firsthand with the development of Disney World and other properties around Orlando. In Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World, Hiaasen paints a witty and sarcastic portrait in this nonfiction account of a company who can control the press, manipulate local governments, and because it's Disney, get away with it. Team Rodent is a quick, entertaining read that even the most loyal Disney shareholder (except maybe Michael Eisner) will find enlightening and amusing. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Rarely is a book this much of a pleasure to work on, because I stopped on page after page to read and crack up at Hiaasen's sharp and pointed wit--and then be shocked by the nasty things I never knew about Disney! I just went to Disney World for the very first time ever last year, so I was curious to see what Carl Hiaasen had to say about it--and I don't think I'll be going back again!

E.Gaffney, production

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice work, Carl! July 4 2004
By A Customer
This is a book that was begging to be written. Just because a company has a family-friendly, good citizen image, doeasn't make it so. I am highly amused by the negative reviews, especially since they so emphatically proclaim "I DON'T WORK FOR DISNEY, BUT..." But what? But it's OK to commit corporate crime? It's OK to rape the environment under the banner of a children's character? It's not OK to write about it? These Disney-drones (for who but an employee would feel the need to proclaim they didn't?)tow the company line, even against such condemning evidence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tongue in cheek fun, just now it ain't fiction May 21 2004
This book is just a collection of articles clubbed together as chapters (like kick-ass) with Disney the center focus. Not as entertaining as his fiction, but for as somebody who's read all of those and who loves his writing style, this is a great crutch to get you through to his next publication date.
Hiaasen's writing isn't so much an attack on Disney, as it is a satire of our own foibles. If he attacks anything in this book, it's the American "sweep it under the rug and don't talk about it" philosophy of complacency. Let's face it, Disney is a world where sex doesn't exist and appearances mean everything. Hiaasen just wants people to look under that rug and get back to reality.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Save your money May 6 2004
By Buzz
Ten bucks is a lot to pay for what is ultimately an essay. If you want to read it, get it from the library. I found it an okay read, but felt the overall feel was a bit 'snarky'. I'd compare it to an essay from a high school nerd complaining about how bad the 'cool kids' are...when his main complaint is that they are, in fact, cool. It just felts like he dislikes them because they are successful. Hey, Disney as a corporation is neither all black nor all white. So I'd say this may be worth a read if you like to get both sides of the Disney story and want to read some negatives for awhile, but really, save yourself a few bucks and get it from the library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dec 23 2003
I found this book interesting. As a former Floridian, and a resident of Manassas, where the proposed American Adventure Park was to be built, I do understand Hiaasen's dislike of "the mouse". The essay is from a series where authors write a critical essay of some current topic. Hiaasen's was Disney. Through opinions as a native Floridian and a journalist, and real news stories about Disney, Hiaasen attempts to give readers a better look at Disney, that it isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I think I can expand on Dj's review Oct. 17 2003
By A Customer
Ok, let me give this mandatory disclaimer: I do not work for Disney in no way nor am I a share holder.
What Dj meant when he said that Hiaasen hates Disney because he is obsessed with "adult material" was poorly expressed, but I think I can clarify the point. Apparently Hiaasen would rather a community be filled with disgusting shops and sleaze and, to use a term that he is so fond of, "S**t weasels". I mean, Disney should be praised for trying to clean up the deplorable state of Times Square and the crime filled central Florida and that island used as headquarters for a ring of drug dealers. If Hiaasen really wants to go back to the Florida of his youth, he should be praising Disney for trying to restablish the old good American values. Times Square and Orlando owe great thanks to Disney for (at least partially) fixing it up. The messy state they were in before would have caused the latter to go bankrupt. Contrary to what Hiaasen states, we need MORE Disney worlds, especially here in New York City, where I am always scared that I wont come home alive. Also, Hiaasen obviously has no sense of good art if he calls Disney's works "crapola", Walt produced some of the best art in history. The term crapola could be more aptly used when discribing Hiaasen's books,of which I have read the majority of, that are disgusting, vulgar, and, frankly, very dull. As an environmetalist myself, I hate to disagree with Carl in terms of the environmetal issues discussed in this waste of paper. However, I can tell you that it is not the case. Disney did not ruin Florida's nature. Long before the Disney Co. was even born, Florida was the #1 tourist attraction, and resorts, factories, and man made lakes damaged the everglades environment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The reviewer, DJ is a Disney Employee Sept. 18 2003
By A Customer
Below, is a scathing review of this perfectly valid book by "DJ".
A quick glance at DJ's other review of "Song of the South" leaves
no doubt in my mind that DJ works for the Disney Corporation.
If this isn't the ultimate endorsement, I don't know what is.
Look for yourself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unrevealing look behind the ears... Aug. 10 2003
As an avid, but suspicious, park goer, I read this book hoping to have "my eyes opened" to the deceitful and "evil practices" of the Walt Disney Corporation (and it's spin-off companies). Instead, this book provided nothing but old, dried out stories that really provided nothing that couldn't be garnished from TIME or Newsweek. In fact, Hiaasen stretches every "evil" Disney deed into something that even Eisner himself couldn't hope to do. For example; Hiaasen spouts off about Eisner's letter to stock holders in which Eisner sites the success of 101 Dalmations, the author hopes to place a seed in the reader's mind that Eisner/Disney should have had forthought enough to realize that placing dalmations in the public eye would inspire a rash of returned and abused puppies. The examples go on and on. This book is pitifully short and lacking in real sources and information. It's theory. It's hypothesis. It reads like a fourteen year old's journal, full of revolt against the current culture (even though the teen angst is often less unique than thought). In short; there isn't anything in this book that couldn't be said about any major corporation. Don't pay full price... you'll be wasting your money.
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