Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

by Daniel Schulman


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ISBN-13: 9781455518739
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2014
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Daniel Schulman is a senior editor in the Washington bureau of Mother Jones, and a founding member of the magazine's investigative journalism team. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review, Psychology Today, Village Voice, and many other publications. He splits his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 Sons of Wichita 7

2 Stalin's Oil Man 27

3 "The Dead Will Be the Lucky Ones" 40

4 May Day at MIT 57

5 Successor 73

6 Rise of the Kochtopus 89

7 The Divorce 117

8 Mighty Mary 144

9 "My God, I'm Going to Die!" 163

10 The Art of War 176

11 There Will Be Blood 211

12 Planet Koch 240

13 Out of the Shadows 256

14 The Mother of All Wars 292

15 Legacy 353

Acknowledgments 373

Notes 377

Index 409

About the Author 425

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Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Sambenedict More than 1 year ago
Detailed, but highly readable account of the origins, development and refinement of the famous family's political beliefs and accumulation of wealth. In a human sort of way, you realize that they are not crazies, but highly intelligent and motivated true believers, which makes them all more dangers to free speech and political compromise. You realize that they are truly the most dangerous men in America to economic rights and equality.
Trish75 More than 1 year ago
A very well written book that gives a broad insight into the Koch Brothers and their political involvement. It is not a rant....Schulman writes factually, with documented research to back up his writing. The book is also extremely interesting! A must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is well written. It is interesting. It is unbiased. They are dangerous and intelligent. But after reading the whole book I came away knowing i could not understand them. They are lacking in compassion and/ or humanity. They reminded me of soulless profit driven robots.
PatFay More than 1 year ago
This book tells the story of the Koch family. Charles Koch was the founder of the Libertarian Society.   His brother David was the face of the organization.  Their philosophy was born of the rugged West of the 1800's.   The book tells of their desire and effort to bring America back to these "good old days."   The author does a balanced job of portraying them, yet shows the many destructive things they've done and want to do.   The election of President Obama is a hard pill for the Kochs to swallow. . 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I wondered what made the the Koch Brothers tick, now I know. Nothing says manipulated better than "Market Based Management." Glad I like Bounty better than Brawny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well-organized, easy to read, and unbiased. It presents a fair picture of the obscenely wealthy Koch brothers and their efforts to buy the United States government for their own greedy, selfish ends. How would the country be different if they and their wealthy pals donated their money to charity instead?
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lvmybug More than 1 year ago
This book is a quick read and not as bias as I thought it would be. It is well researched and gives a good round picture of the Koch Brothers, Father and Mother. Although it just amazed me that Charles Koch couldn't understand why more Americans didn't follow his political beliefs. All though the book I wrote in the sidelines: because my beliefs are just as solid and just as strong as yours! EXCELLENT book. A must read.
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BKLaw More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting and detailed book describing the lives and influences of the Kock brothers.