Dark Money: How a Secretive Group of Billionaires is Trying to Buy Political Control in the US

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Scribe Publications, Jun 9, 2016 - Conservatism - 464 pages

A LITHUBBOOK OF THE DECADE.

The US is one of the largest democracies in the world - or is it?

America is experiencing an age of profound economic inequality. Employee protections have been decimated, and state welfare is virtually non-existent, while hedge fund billionaires are grossly under-taxed and big businesses make astounding profits at the expense of the environment and of their workers.

How did this come about, and who were the driving forces behind it?

In this powerful and meticulously researched work of investigative journalism, New Yorkerstaff writer Jane Mayer exposes the network of billionaires trying to buy the US electoral system - and succeeding. Led by libertarian industrialists the Koch brothers, they believe that taxes are a form of tyranny and that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom. Together, they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars influencing politicians and voters, and hijacking American democracy for their own ends.

Dark Moneybrilliantly illuminates a shady corner of US politics. It is essential reading for anybody interested in the future of democracy.

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I was worried that this would be old news. Should someone who's on top of the news still read this? Yes, you'll still learn more details even if you understand the big picture already. Is the book now ... Read full review

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About the author (2016)

Jane Mayer is a staff writer for The New Yorker. She has received the John Chancellor Award, the George Polk Award, the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, and the I. F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence for her reporting at The New Yorker. She has written several nonfiction books including Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984-1988 written with Doyle McManus, Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas written with Jill Abramson, and Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, the Goldsmith Book Prize, the Edward Weintal Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, the New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

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