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Kochland : the secret history of Koch Industries and corporate power in America

Author: Christopher Leonard
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Uses the extraordinary account of how the biggest private company in the world grew to be that big to tell the story of modern corporate America. The annual revenue of Koch Industries is bigger than that of Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and U.S. Steel combined. Koch is everywhere: from the fertilizers that make our food to the chemicals that make our pipes to the synthetics that make our carpets and diapers to the Wall  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
History
Named Person: Charles G Koch; David H Koch; Charles G Koch; David H Koch; Charles G Koch; David H Koch
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Leonard
ISBN: 9781476775388 1476775389
OCLC Number: 1110726946
Description: x, 687 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface: The fighter --
Part 1: The Koch method. Under surveillance ; The age of volatility begins; The war for Pine Bend ; The age of volatility intensifies ; The war for Koch Industries ; Koch University ; The enemies circle ; The secret brotherhood of process owners ; Off the rails ; The failure --
Part 2: The black box economy. Rise of the Texans ; Information asymmetries ; Attack of the killer electrons! ; Trading the real world ; Seizing Georgia-Pacific ; The dawn of the labor management system ; The crash --
Part 3: Goliath. Solidarity ; Warming ; Hotter ; The war for America's BTUs ; The education of Chase Koch ; Make the IBU great again ; Burning ; Control --
Appendix: Alphabetical directory of significant characters in Kochland.
Responsibility: Christopher Leonard.

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Uses the extraordinary account of how the biggest private company in the world grew to be that big to tell the story of modern corporate America. The annual revenue of Koch Industries is bigger than that of Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and U.S. Steel combined. Koch is everywhere: from the fertilizers that make our food to the chemicals that make our pipes to the synthetics that make our carpets and diapers to the Wall Street trading in all these commodities. But few people know much about Koch Industries and that's because the billionaire Koch brothers want it that way. For five decades, CEO Charles Koch has kept Koch Industries quietly operating in deepest secrecy, with a view toward very, very long-term profits. He's a genius businessman: patient with earnings, able to learn from his mistakes, determined that his employees develop a reverence for free-market ruthlessness, and a master disrupter. These strategies have made him and his brother David together richer than Bill Gates. But there's another side to this story. If you want to understand how we killed the unions in this country, how we widened the income divide, stalled progress on climate change, and how our corporations bought the influence industry, all you have to do is read this book. Seven years in the making, Kochland reads like a true-life thriller, with larger-than-life characters driving the battles on every page. The book tells the ambitious tale of how one private company consolidated power over half a century--and how in doing so, it helped transform capitalism into something that feels deeply alienating to many Americans today.

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