Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It

Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It

American democracy has become coin operated. Special interest groups increasingly control every level of government. The necessity of raising huge sums of campaign cash has completely changed the character of politics and policy making, determining what elected representatives stand for and how they spend their time. The marriage of great wealth and intense political influence has rendered our country unable to address our most pressing problems, from runaway government spending to climate change to the wealth gap. It also defines our daily lives: from the cars we drive to the air we breathe to the debt we owe.
In this powerful work of reportage, Wendell Potter and Nick Penniman, two vigilant watchdogs, expose legalized corruption and link it to the kitchen-table issues citizens face every day. Inciting our outrage, the authors then inspire us by introducing us to the army of reformers laying the groundwork for change, ready to be called into action. The battle plan for reform presented is practical, realistic, and concrete. No one-except some lobbyists and major political donors-likes business as usual, and this book intends to help forge a new army of reformers who are compelled by a patriotic duty to fight for a better democracy.
An impassioned, infuriating, yet ultimately hopeful call to arms, Nation on the Take lays bare the reach of moneyed interests and charts a way forward, toward the recovery of America's original promise.

Title:Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do About It
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  • Mary Beth

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway. A much-needed book. I wanted it to open up eyes for all Americans. But please explain to me how a book on political corruption by Big Money mentions George Sor...

  • Aaron

    There are very few books that have influenced me quite as much as this one. The corrosive influence of money in politics really is one of the major reasons why in America we cannot have nice public go...

  • Thomas Stevenson

    In the current political climate, corruption of all sorts is being discussed so the topic is hardly new. In fact because I spend a lot of time reading about politics I am aware how banks, drug manufac...

  • Marc Parijs

    I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads.This book gives a good overview of how our system is rigged by big money. The election of Trump and the soon-to-be appointments of his cabinet mem...

  • Rob Kall

    Excellent exploration of the many ways that the political and election system are corrupted. Citizens United is only about 15-20% of the problem. The book was good enough so I did an hour interview wi...

  • Linda Anderson

    Another great book about politics, campaign contributions, and the effect it is having on our society. THere were many graphs in the book that needed additional explanation and several conflicting cha...

  • Jim

    If you care about America's future, it's important for you to read this book - regardless of your political persuasion....

  • Jill

    A must read for every American, regardless of political affiliation. This book targets the ills of big money PACs and the wealthiest of individuals and how they control our political system. "The marr...

  • Todd

    I won a copy of this through goodreads giveaway.Like many of these type of books, the first 2/3 or so is examples and data describing and convincing the reader of the problem. I didn't need much convi...

  • Rachel

    This book really gives a lot of facts and validates what a lot of people think and feel about American politics. It is incredibly aggravating, frustrating and down right depressing how little the Amer...