Age of Betrayal

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 10, 2007 - Business & Economics - 512 pages
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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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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

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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


Title Page
Rome of the Railroads
Vote Yourself a Tariff
Vote Yourself a Farm
The Inverted Constitution
The Scandal of Santa Clara
Tom Scott Political Capitalist
Bread or Blood
The Politics of the Future
Revolution from Above
Mississippi and the American
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Jack Beatty is a senior editor of The Atlantic and news analyst for On Point, the national NPR news and public affairs program. His book The Rascal King on legendary Boston mayor James Michael Curley won an American Book Award, was shortlisted for the NBCC award, and was one of USA Today's 10 Best Books of the Year. He was the editor of Colossus, a book on corporations, which was named one of the 10 Best Business Books of the Year by Business Week. He was a Poynter Fellow at Yale, the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research grants, a William Allen White Award for Criticism, and shared an Olive Branch Award for an Atlantic article on arms control. He lectures frequently throughout the country.

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