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Why is America living in an age of profound economic inequality? Why, despite the desperate need to address climate change, have even modest environmental efforts been defeated again and again? Why have protections for employees been decimated? Why do hedge-fund billionaires pay a far lower tax rate than middle-class workers?

The conventional answer is that a popular uprising against “big government” led to the rise of a broad-based conservative movement. But as Jane Mayer shows in this powerful, meticulously reported history, a network of exceedingly wealthy people with extreme libertarian views also played a key role by bankrolling a systematic, step-by-step plan to fundamentally alter the American political system.

The network has brought together some of the richest people on the planet, foremost among them Charles and David Koch. Their core beliefs—that taxes are a form of tyranny; that government oversight of business is an assault on freedom—are sincerely held. But these beliefs also advance their personal and corporate interests: Many of their companies have run afoul of federal pollution, worker safety, securities, and tax laws.

When libertarian ideas proved decidedly unpopular with voters, the Koch brothers and their allies decided on another path. If they pooled their vast resources, they could fund an interlocking array of organizations that could work in tandem to influence and ultimately control academic institutions, think tanks, the courts, statehouses, Congress, and, they hoped, the presidency.

The political operatives the network employs are disciplined, smart, and at times ruthless. And their efforts have been remarkably successful. Libertarian views on taxes and regulation, once far outside the mainstream and still rejected by most Americans, are ascendant in the majority of state governments, the Supreme Court, and Congress. Meaningful environmental, labor, finance, and tax reform has been stymied.

Jane Mayer spent five years conducting hundreds of interviews—including with several sources within the network—and scoured public records, private papers, and court proceedings in reporting this book. In a taut and utterly convincing narrative, she traces the byzantine trail of the billions of dollars spent by the network and provides vivid portraits of the colorful figures behind the new American oligarchy.

Dark Money is a book that must be read by anyone who cares about the future of American democracy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A careful exposé. . . . Mayer closely documents her charges. . .while delivering a swiftly flowing narrative. . . . A valuable contribution to the study of modern electoral politics in an age that Theodore White, and perhaps even Hunter S. Thompson, would not recognize. Kirkus 
  • Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016
  • ONE OF NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S TEN BEST BOOKS OF 2016
  • [A] comprehensive history. . . . [S]tunning.

    Salon

  • [B]ombshells explode in the pages of Dark Money, Jane Mayer’s indispensible new history . . . .combines her own research with the work of scores of other investigators, to describe how the Kochs and fellow billionaires like Richard Scaife have spent hundreds of millions to ‘move their political ideas from the fringe to the center of American political life.’ Guardian
  • Packed with revelations. . . . One of the essential books about our political system’s unparalleled capacity for perpetuating income inequality. Dark Money is more than just a work of political journalism — it’s a vital portrait of a nation that, as perhaps never before, is being shaped by a few very rich, very conservative businessmen. San Francisco Chroncicle 
  • Amazing. . . . The most important political book of the year. St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
  • [A]n extraordinarily well-documented account of the influential, interlocking organizations with innocuous names created by the Koch brothers. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 
  • Jane Mayer's Dark Money is utterly brilliant and chilling — no matter how much you think you already know. . . . Read it! Naomi Klein, bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate 
  • Jane Mayer’s Dark Money. . . is absolutely necessary reading for anyone who wants to make sense of our politics. Lay aside the endless punditry about Donald’s belligerence or Hillary’s ambition; Mayer is telling the epic story of America in our time. It is a triumph of investigative reporting, perhaps not surprising for a journalist who has won most of the awards her profession has to offer.... She’s a pro, and she’s given the world a full accounting of what had been a shadowy and largely unseen force. . . . [R]emarkable. The New York Review of Books
  • The book is written in straightforward and largely unemotional prose, but it reads as if conceived in quiet anger. Mayer believes that the Koch brothers and a small number of allied plutocrats have essentially hijacked American democracy, using their money not just to compete with their political adversaries, but to drown them out. . . . Dark Money emerges as an impressively reported and well-documented work. . . . The importance of Dark Money [flows] from its scope and perspective. . . . It is not easy to uncover the inner workings of an essentially secretive political establishment. Mayer has come as close to doing it as anyone is likely to come anytime soon. . . . She makes a formidable argument.

    From the cover of the Times Book Review

  • Dark Money, the result of Ms. Mayer’s research, is a persuasive, timely, and necessary story of the Koch brothers’ empire….[It does] justice to the Kochs’ bizarre and Byzantine family history and the scale and scope of their influence.”

    New York Times

  • Mayer is. . . [a] writer whose reporting can leave a reader breathless. . . . I urge you to read Dark Money. Bill Moyers
  • “Deeply researched and studded with detail…it seems destined to rattle the Koch executive offices in Wichita as other investigations have not. [Dark Money] could inspire a more intense discussion about the impact of this wealthy conservative cadre on the Republican Party and the recent course of American politics.”

    Washington Post

  • “Mayer takes aim at those whose goal is to dismantle the government, all the while often profiting from it. In doing so, she provides an in-depth analysis of the work of the Koch brothers and others who have infused billions of dollars into right-wing fringe groups (for example, the Tea Party) and libertarian causes. Kirsten Potter proves to be a strong narrator who deftly moves through the often complex and nuanced passages with the right amount of speed and emphasis. Overall, she enhances the listener’s understanding of Mayer’s message. Avoiding impressions, she delivers quotations in a neutral voice, which works well to keep listeners focused on the author’s points.”

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  • A BookPage Top Pick for Smart Summer Picks for Audio Month
  • An Amazon.com Bestseller
  • A Newsweek Best Book of 2016
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