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Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

abstract:The New York Times begins its review of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right with a description of the staff writer for The New Yorker, ­who spent five years working on this book, the beginnings of which originated from an article she wrote on the Koch family that was published in the magazine in 2010.

"Neither Charles nor David Koch agreed to talk to her, and several of the most important figures in their political network were unavailable. But she reached hundreds of sources who did want to talk: longtime conservative campaign operatives, business associates, political opponents and political finance scholars. Some of these sources spoke on the record and some did not, but all in all “Dark Money” emerges as an impressively reported and well-documented work.

I was intrigued by her book because of the compelling -- stunning, really, in every sense of the word -- documentary on PBS's Frontline Black Money produced by investigative correspondent, Lowell Bergman who examines the shadowy world of international bribery. If you have a chance to watch this first you will want to get the book to be better informed on how world politics and the underbelly of business is being conducted.


January 12, 2017



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