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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (179 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Rothkopf Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2008 ISBN: 9781400176021
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Each of them is one in a million. They number 6,000 on a planet of 6 billion. They run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, world religions, and, from the shadows, the world's most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations. They are the global superclass, and they are shaping the history of our time. Today's superclass has achieved unprecedented levels of wealth and power. They have globalized more rapidly than any other group. But do they have more in common with one another than with their own countrymen, as nationalist critics have argued? They control globalization more than anyone else. But has their influence fed the growing economic and social inequity that divides the world? What happens behind closed-door meetings in Davos or aboard corporate jets at 41,000 feet? Conspiracy or collaboration? Deal-making or idle self-indulgence? What does the rise of Asia and Latin America mean for the conventional wisdom that shapes our destinies? Who sets the rules for a group that operates beyond national laws? Drawn from scores of exclusive interviews and extensive original reporting, Superclass answers all of these questions and more. It draws back the curtain on a privileged society that most of us know little about, even though it profoundly affects our everyday lives. It is the first in-depth examination of the connections between the global communities of leaders who are at the helm of every major enterprise on the planet and control its greatest wealth. And it is an unprecedented examination of the trends within the superclass, which are likely to alter our politics, our institutions, and the shape of the world in which we live. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Neither hand-wringing nor worshipful, this book delivers an unsettling account of what the immense and growing power of this superclass bodes for the future.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • An informative, provocative guide to the global power elite. Vanity Fair

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Onthegotoo | 12/1/2013

    " Very interesting about the powers and networking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 11/30/2013

    " It started out a little slow, but in the end this was a fascinating book! I was a sociology major and it really resonated with me. If I do end up voting for Obama this book would have been a major factor in that decision. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pooja | 10/5/2013

    " Some parts read like US Weekly Does Davos-- which is fun and fine by me, by the way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BAKU | 9/21/2013

    " " The most powerful mind altering drug in existance is oil " ( this guy knows what he's talking about ) Hard to read ( literally, the print was too close together ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron Asel | 8/8/2013

    " Interesting, yet depressing "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marius Croeser | 12/2/2012

    " Avoid.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 8/14/2011

    " A look at the 6000 people who run the world-- though at times it is dry, there are some remarkable anecdotes and facts, and you will look at the news and the world with new skepticism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judith | 4/6/2010

    " I learned the names of the rich and how life is in the superclass. And they gather together to try to help the world some for recognition and some for real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frances | 2/6/2009

    " Interesting review of the power elite. I kept wishing for a bit more though. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bill | 11/7/2008

    " So boring and long that I just put it down and threw it away. "

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About the Author
Author David Rothkopf

David Rothkopf is the internationally acclaimed author of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making and Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power. He is the president and chief executive of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has also taught international affairs at Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.