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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2002

    This book will open your eyes with the unbiased truth.

    I had no trouble staying awake with this book because it is written in a style very easy for the common man to understand. The charts and graphs make it even easier to grasp the concepts presented throughout. Rather than being repetitious, I appreciated the way the author often referred back to things already mentioned, in order to broaden the understanding of them and make it all easier to remember. The book shows the underlying reasons for stock market failures, depressions, and the ups and downs of the standard of living without any bias. The facts speak for themselves and if anyone finds that offensive, they should blame history, not the author. The truth is hard to swallow but that's what is in this book - the truth about how the wealthy thrive at the expense of the masses by making a mockery of what this country was founded on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2002

    A necessary perspective

    This book is not an easy read. Detailed, filled with graphs and charts, and frequent references to previous and future chapters. This book also sites many previous works, it is a tome that requires serious application to get through. Nonetheless it is an important read in that it refutes much of today's common political and economic dogma and gives a very sharp historical context one should not ignore. He quite nicely totally refutes the whole trickle down theory and seemingly wants to lead us down a socialist path, he also makes the case that we may be beyond our zenith of world influence. He regards deification of finanacial wizardry while our manufacturing base shrinks, along with the concentration of wealth and corpratization of politics as clear signals that we are in decline. While all this may in fact be true, he doesn't really offer to much in the way of solutions, but only states what happened in previous ages, and societies. I was disappointed in that. All in all a good read, and one that our leaders should take seriously and our citizenry in this time of jingoistic fervor should be aware of.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    only problem for me I neededmy Funk & wagnor as much as my highlighter

    great read so ntelligent of a a;uthor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    Tedious but rewarding

    As the title suggest the reading was a little tedious. The first few chapters I found exceptionally dry. Once the Author laid the foundation and conveyed his basic philosophy the book picked up pace. I spent some time spot checking figures and sources of this book and did not find a single factual error. I also found some of the source material to be quite good reading. All in all, the book was good. I did feel that he could have spent more time and effort on courses of action. I felt a little cheated that Phillips spent so much time detailing the shortcomings and not enough time pointing towards solutions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    A great book of telling insight into the political economy.

    Mr. Phillips details the history of the rich in America and examines how they repeatedly use the US Goverment for their attainment. Moreover, democracy is not to be confused with the capitalist market. This book should be a good read for anyone who thinks the rich getting richer and leaving ordinary Americans behind is more than just inherent competitive advantage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2002

    Kevin Phillips makes money on YOUR failures!

    Kevin Phillips writes a book on YOUR failures in the stock market and then blames Republican's for your bad investments. Shame on you! You want to make money... put it in a bank, instead of trying to get rich in the market and then crying when the stability of the market falls short on giving you the money you claim you deserve for investing! P..A..LEASE!!! The United States of America owes you NOTHING but what the constitution promised us... why do you think that we need a government to care for us?? Do you really think you are too stupid to support and care for yourselves? Phillips's book is full frequent repetition and sour grapes!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2002

    good points, bad writing

    while the book itself makes a good arguement about weath and power in the US, I had trouble staying awake while dealing with the frequent repetition and dull writing style.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2002

    It ain't Rainwater

    Wealth and Democracy is a must read. Totally refutes the GOP's 'Trickle Down Theory' and should be a wake up call to the sleeping majority. Clearly demonstrates that Americans in the bottom 80% income class are over worked and underpaid. The Middle and Lower income groups have taken a bath over the last twenty years and it ain't rainwater they've been swimming in.

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