Team Rodent. Team Rodent · Buy it at Amazon “Team Rodent doesn’t believe in sleaze, however, nor in old-fashioned revulsion. Square in the middle is. Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World Production: A “deranged rant” is how Carl Hiaasen has aptly described his contribution to. Team Rodent by Carl Hiaasen – book cover, description, publication history.

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But you can’t blame Disney for that. Without sleaze, the yardstick shrinks at both ends.

Team Rodent by Carl Hiaasen (Book Review) – Miami Beach

It was really too short to be a book, too long to be an essay, and it also couldn’t decide between being nonfiction reporting and a personal essay in style. As a Floridian transplant, I do not hold the same fears and deep-rooted distrust of the mega corporation as the author, but I respect his interpretations of his experiences. And the author comes up with a novel hypothesis about the Insane Clown Possea Disney-signed rap group whose obscenity-filled debut was yanked from shelves on its day of release last summer.

It does feel a bit dated because of the constant references to Michael Eisner, but I will read pretty much anything Hiaasen writes.

He also attacks Florida lawmakers and judges for their complicity. His fiction is entertaining for a beach read, but no one beats him at exposing corrupt politicians in a way that only a denizen of South Florida can.

Hiaasen makes this point with a series of examples and anecdotes about things-gone-wrong in the world of Disney, even at one point stating that Disney “plays god” with its cultural interference. Carl is not a Disney fan. It seems like Disney is actually pretty well behaved as far as corporations Carl Hiaasen has a chip on his shoulder – an obsessive hatred of the Disney Corporation. The message, never stated but avuncularly implied, is that America’s values ought to reflect those of the Walt Disney Company, and not the other way around.


Team Rodent by Carl Hiaasen (Book Review)

Maybe I’m a bit jaded. Cwrl book, however, didn’t really give solid evidence of anything. Gosh this book is old. So real in fact that it was a huge stop for drug smuggling. Dec 18, Melanie rated it really liked it Shelves: When the book was written, Orlando was receiving over 40 million tourists a year.

Because being grossed out is essential to the human experience; without a perceived depravity, we’d have nothing against which to gauge the advance or hiaasne of culture; our art, our music, our cinema, our books. Does he footnote every story and reference tons of facts? That makes this an interesting read, with his bias clearly part of his story and his presence integral to a few of the anecdotes.

I think that overall, Disney has generally been a positive influence to the economy and well-being of every city and state it has “devoured”. Carl Hiaasen loves Florida and so do I.

But it is a great read, I highly recommend it. View all 6 comments. He basically points out some darker bits in Disney past but considering this book is so short. What did that have to do with Disney at all? Team Rodent doesn’t believe in sleaze, however, nor in old-fashioned revulsion.


This book starts out whining about how Disney brings in more tourists tean the Florida Keys. Carl tries to peal cal that glittery charm we are all caught doe eyed with when inside the glittery gates of the Magic Kingdom. Definitely gives me an alternate perspective of the hiasen land I love rodet much. Long story short, multiple forms of testing revealed that the catalyst for the fatality took place outside of Florida. He brings up a lot of troubling points, though he concedes he likes being at DisneyWorld, so it’s not all bad!

Dec 31, Todd rated it it was amazing. He goes on to say “Many major-market papers and broadcast stations forbid their reporters from taking freebies, and in a perfect world that would be the rule for all journalists.

It’s saving grace is that it’s short so if you are curious, it won’t take up much of your time. Jul 09, Tori Porter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Yes, Disney turned Florida into what it is today, for better or worse. How could Carl come to despise a company that has brought joy to the world and jobs to his home state?

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