Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy

Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy

In Captured, U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corporate influence looks like today from the Senate Floor, adding a first-hand perspective to Jane Mayer?s Dark Money. Americans know something is wrong in their government. Senator Whitehouse combines history, legal scholarship, and personal experiences to provid In Captured, U.S. Senator and former federal prosecutor Sheldon Whitehouse offers an eye-opening take on what corpo...

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Title:Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy
Author:Sheldon Whitehouse
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Genres:Politics
ISBN:1620972077
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:259 pages pages

Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy Reviews

  • Lynn
    Mar 14, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

  • Carl
    May 15, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

  • David Steele
    Sep 15, 2019

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

  • Karen
    Sep 24, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

  • Brenda
    Apr 05, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Angie Smith
    Mar 06, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

  • Keith
    Nov 24, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

  • Patrick Bair
    Jun 17, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

  • Derek Holodak
    Oct 03, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Tim
    Sep 29, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Jackie
    May 29, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

  • Nicki
    May 29, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

  • Jonathan Grim
    Jan 26, 2019

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

  • Conor O'brien
    Jun 05, 2018

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

  • Matt Habuda
    Sep 01, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • John
    Jul 17, 2018

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

  • Ivan Kapersky
    Aug 14, 2019

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Balachandar Sundaresan
    Feb 22, 2018

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

  • Jonah Wolff
    Feb 22, 2019

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Chad
    Jun 03, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

  • Dick
    Aug 14, 2018

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

  • Gerald Weaver
    Feb 21, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

  • Will A
    May 21, 2019

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

  • Nancy Kunish
    Apr 26, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Edward
    Mar 23, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Cat
    Apr 18, 2018

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

  • matt
    Jun 20, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • Bernadette
    Nov 19, 2017

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

  • McPhaul M.
    Apr 29, 2019

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...

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  • KC Texas
    Sep 20, 2019

    America is so fucked. A better title for this book would have been "FUCKED: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy". Before having read this, I was aware of "regulatory capture" and the "revolving door" of corporate lobbying and assaults on civil liberties ...but admittedly n...

    This was a very clear and convincing book showing how big spending by corporations is undermining the US ideals of government by the people. ...

    A meaningful book and must-read for anyone curious about the true meanings behind "corporate money" and "dark money." The explanations given by Senator Whitehouse do a good job of illustrating congressional gridlock on issues surrounding climate change legislation, hampering industry r...

    It took me so long to read this book because every time I started reading it I became angry. I had to stop reading it & even just leave it alone before I tackled it again. As the sub-title states the book is about the infiltration of corporate power in our democracy. Everyone knows...

    Our esteemed Senator Sheldon Whitehouse paints a picture of America that is in fact beholden to corporations and secret special interests. The amount of money going into the trillions and billions is what is most appalling to be because of the fact that democracy and government should ...

    This is a concise, clear, well-written explanation of how dark money/independent expenditures actually work on a day to day basis, from the point of view of its direct targets: members of Congress, and to a lesser extent judges and juries. Many of us know that money in politics has be...

    Read this book and gain the insights and facts that you need to be a change agent. The stakes couldn't be higher! This is a meticulously researched and thoughtfully described book on corporate financing of politics and "dark money", by a sitting U.S. senator. This brilliant, gutsy i...

    The Tip of the Iceberg . . . This book is a must read for every American who loves his/her country. It is a frightening lesson in the Civics classes that are no longer taught in our schools, because it speaks in very direct and understandable terms about the powerful and hidden forc...

    This book complements Jane Mayer's "Dark Money" and Nancy Maclean's "Democracy in Chains". Jane Mayer's book depressed me more than anything I have ever read. It was painful truth to know. Nancy MacLean's book added a historical foundation for Jane's book. "Captured" added detailed ...

    A very informative book discussing how corporations run our government by buying in our representatives who then have obligations to these corporations. Denying climate change has nothing to do with science because all peer reviewed journals show the damaging impact of climate change b...

    Good introductory overview of how politics and the mechanisms of the state have been captured by corporate and plutocratic interests. However, I was a little disappointed at not getting more of the Senator's own experiences with this. I have not seen much of the progressive senator wit...

    Incredible read. It's very concise and to the point. Senator Whitehouse holds no punches and calls out, by name, some very startling truths. If you've ever wondered about the inner workings of lobbyists in Congress or if you just don't understand how a politician could possibly deny cl...

    Sheldon Whitehouse takes on the Supreme Court, Citizens-United & the Koch brothers. This is a very well researched & argued opus that mirrors and supplements the work of Larry Lessig in "Republic Lost", Jane Meyer in "Dark Money", Oreskes & Conway in "Merchants of Doubt", B...

    I am a fairly strong Democrat, and a lot of the book resonated with me. I don't doubt for a second that a lot of what is presented in the book is true, and that makes me sad. I'm thankful to Senator Whitehouse for having the moxy to write such a book, and the book inspires me want to d...

    For anyone who wants to read about how large corporations have taken over our government. So what else is new? It's a capitalist country and everything is for sale, including anyone who has a price. Shouldn't shock anyone, or maybe I am just a cynic. Interesting and informative read by...

    A decent read with two provisos. First, if you've read Jane Mayer, Tom Franks, etc., you'll find nothing new or surprising here. Second, the author's prodigious use of quotations, especially in chapter one, made me wonder if he had any ideas of his own. Still, worth the investment. ...

    A good read, throws lot of light on corporate money in Politics and why Congress acts the way it does. A bit partisan on liberal side and a slower read. But passionately written and weighs in on the dangers of corruption on American institutions. ...

    Explains why the real people of America are losing control of their political freedom. Increasingly, it appears that only the rich and famous will influence US politics. ...

    A clear look at the evils of dark money in our politics and how it shapes our national agenda. My only complaint is that it focused on Republican and conservative abuses too much when both sides are guilty. Not one 2008 Wall Street criminal ever went to jail during the Obama administra...

    This is a one sided view of politics. Did not learn a thing. Could not wait to finish reading. Should have returned. When has an election, not been influenced by money. You ask me, this book was influenced by money. He had to make a house payment or two. ...