Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Christopher Leonard’s Kochland uses the extraordinary account of how one of the biggest private companies in the world grew to be that big to tell the story of modern corporate America.

The annual revenue of Koch Industries is bigger than that of Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and US Steel combined. Koch is everywhere: from the fertilizers that make our food to the chemicals that make our pipes to the synthetics that make our carpets and diapers to the Wall Street trading in all these commodities. But few people know much about Koch Industries and that’s because the billionaire Koch brothers have wanted it that way.

For five decades, CEO Charles Koch has kept Koch Industries quietly operating in deepest secrecy, with a view toward very, very long-term profits. He’s a genius businessman: patient with earnings, able to learn from his mistakes, determined that his employees develop a reverence for free-market ruthlessness, and a master disrupter. These strategies made him and his brother David together richer than Bill Gates.

But there’s another side to this story. If you want to understand how we killed the unions in this country, how we widened the income divide, stalled progress on climate change, and how our corporations bought the influence industry, all you have to do is read this book.

Title:Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America
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    Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America Reviews

  • Lori

    It's well researched and information-dense, but still readable. Emphasis is on the Koch family making money rather than what buy.***********************************************https://www.kirkusreview...

  • Bam cooks the books ;-)

    The age of Goliath. I read Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right shortly after the 2016 election. It was very eye opening about the role big money is ...

  • David

    I absolutely hated reading every single page of this book - yet, with every page, I felt it was my duty as a concerned citizen to continue reading. There were several times I wanted to stop. But I did...

  • Lee Woodruff

    n an era when journalism has polarized into name calling on TV and what we call news can include a tweet, it’s refreshing to read a book that’s the result of deep investigative journalism. Seven y...

  • Peter (Pete) Mcloughlin

    The Koch Brothers are pure capitalism in interest and ideology and they are dynamic evil. Fueled by a strong libertarian philosophy they are the embodiment of every Marxist critique of Capitalism. It ...

  • Manny

    The pro-EPA, anti-Capitalist, and anti-Koch position of the author is palpable. However, with that said, the book is well written and obviously well researched. Some of his assertions are off though i...

  • Bookworm

    If you need a blow by blow of the various awful things the Koch brothers have done, this would be your book. Author Christopher Leonard takes the reader through a journey that shows us how the ruthles...

  • Charles

    The “Long View” for Good and BadAs with much in our country today, there is likely to be a partisan divide over author Christopher Leonard’s examination of Koch Industries, a book that parts muc...

  • Alok Kejriwal

    KOCHLAND - Book Review.The BEST Business Book I have read so far. Nothing comes close.The KOCH bros are the top 5 richest people on earth. You HAVE to own, read & study this book to figure:- The DEEP ...

  • Samuel Mwangi

    The author comes off as biased (anti-capitalist, anti-Koch). That's his prerogative however it left a bad taste in my mouth. I've read books written by Mr. Leonard's mentor Steve Coll and was hoping f...