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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BruceCoulson - LibraryThing
I found this a great source book for the Gilded Age of America, and how and when the decisions were made to allow Big Business such a great impact on the course of our country Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - jlbrownn23 - LibraryThing
I was very intrigued by the premise of this book and looked forward to reading it. But I was quickly put off by the fact that the author spends a great deal of time quoting sources of the day and not ... Read full review