Dark Money

Dark Money : how a secretive group of billionaires is trying to buy political control in the US

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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 Yorker staff 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 Money brilliantly illuminates a shady corner of US politics. It is essential reading for anybody interested in the future of democracy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 32mm | 375g
  • Carlton North, Australia
  • English
  • 1925228843
  • 9781925228847
  • 4,186

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`Meticulously, fascinatingly and horrifyingly explains how eccentric American billionaires hijaced our democracy.' -- Curtis Sittenfeld * The Observer * NPR's `Best Books of 2016' The New York Times '100 Notable Books of 2016' The New York Times 'The 10 Best Books of 2016' `Meticulously researched and elegantly written.' -- John Keane * Sydney Morning Herald * `A must-read for those seeking to understand how Washington became a corporatocracy.' * New Internationalist * `Packed with revelations.' * San Francisco Chronicle * `A triumph ... Mayer has cut through the secrecy that these men have carefully cultivated ... and given the world a full accounting of what had been a shadowy and largely unseen force.' * New York Review of Books * `A chilling book' * Times Higher Education * `A terrifying insight into how 21st-century politics works.' -- George Monbiot * The Guardian * `Persuasive, timely and necessary.' * The New York Times * `Indispensable.' * The Guardian * `Political journalism at its best, an epic and terrifying story that grips the reader like a Stephen King thriller.' -- A.M. Homes * The Observer * `Utterly brilliant and chilling - no matter how much you think you already know ... Read it!' * Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everything *
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About Jane Mayer

Jane Mayer is an award-winning staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of three best-selling and critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. She co-authored Landslide: the unmaking of the president, 1984-1988, with Doyle McManus, and Strange Justice: the selling of Clarence Thomas, with Jill Abramson, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her book The Dark Side: the inside story of how the war on terror turned into a war on American ideals, for which she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, was named one of The New York Times' Top 10 Books of the Year. For her reporting at The New Yorker, Mayer has also won numerous awards. She lives in Washington, D.C.
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