Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900
Age of Betrayal is a brilliant reconsideration of America's first Gilded Age, when war-born dreams of freedom and democracy died of their impossibility. Focusing on the alliance between government and railroads forged by bribes and campaign contributions, Jack Beatty details the corruption of American political culture that, in the words of Rutherford B. Hayes, transformed “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people” into “a government by the corporations, of the corporations, and for the corporations.” A passionate, gripping, scandalous and sorrowing history of the triumph of wealth over commonwealth.
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Review: Age of BetrayalUser Review - Goodreads
Very interesting book if someone wants to better understand the background for today's corporate - legal - political landscape and how it came into being. The book can be a bit slow in places but overall still very interesting and informative. Read full review
Review: Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900User Review - Joe Hack - Goodreads
History repeats itself, and the history the United States is repeating here in the early 21st Century is the period from 1865 to 1900 that historians often refer to as the Gilded Age. All the rights ... Read full review