The Influence Machine: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Capture of American Life


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Random House
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6.3 X 9.5 X 1.1 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Alyssa Katz is the author of Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us and is a member of the editorial board of the New York Daily News. She is the former editor of The New York World, an accountability journalism project at Columbia Journalism School, and has written for The American Prospect, Salon, Mother Jones, The Next American City, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


"Important and probing . . . a valuable and a sobering contribution to the study of power in American society . . . [Alyssa] Katz has assembled a work of synthesis and insight. . . . The chamber has, she argues, effectively countered the influence of labor unions and contributed to the widening economic divide in American society. Those points are made forcefully and backed up impressively."--Los Angeles Times

"An urgent look at the 'political assault weapon' that is transforming the country . . . [Katz] does invaluable work in tracing how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has been a relentless engine for pressing a 'business of enterprise unfettered by government.' . . . An eye-opening, maddening read."--Kirkus Reviews

"With clarity and verve, but without polemic, investigative journalist Katz describes the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's evolution into a many-armed behemoth. . . . [She] illustrates with several examples of how the organization has managed to influence courts, strong-arm Congress, cripple federal agencies, and sway the public with 'voter education' ads--and, more recently, it has exported cutthroat American business practices abroad."--Publishers Weekly