The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy
Editor: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
- Just as Fast Food Nation revealed the sordid underside of the fast-food industry, Gangs of America tells the hidden story of how corporations gained their unprecedented power --- and what it means for you
- Written in an accessible, personable style that reflects the author's unique background as both a successful businessman and an engaged activist
The corporation has become the core institution of the modern world. Designed to seek profit and power, it has pursued both with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of law and even challenging the sovereign status of the state. Where did the corporation come from? How did it get so much power? What is its ultimate trajectory?
After he sold his successful computer book publishing business to a large corporation, Ted Nace felt increasingly driven to find answers to these questions. In Gangs of America he details the rise of corporate power in America through a series of fascinating stories, each organized around a different facet of the central question: "How did corporations get more rights than people?" Beginning with the origin of the corporation in medieval Great Britain, Nace traces both the events that shaped the evolution of corporate power and the colorful personalities who played major roles. Gangs of America is a uniquely accessible synthesis of the latest scholarly research, a compelling historical narrative, and a distinctive personal voice.
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