Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty (Library)
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About the Author
Daniel Schulman is a senior editor in the Washington bureau 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.
Allen O'Reilly is an actor, educational director, and teacher at Georgia Shakespeare. His film credits include Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, Crimes and Mister Meanors, and The 12 Lives of Sissy Carlyle. He majored in Theater at Northern Arizona University and received his professional theater training at Actor's Lab Arizona and The Alliance Theatre Intern Program.
A book that is closer to a family saga than a political expose...Schulman has ably assembled everything known about the Kochs into a single, straightforward, understandable account...Sons of Wichita may strike some readers as surprisingly pro-Koch although Schulman leaves out no confirmable damning detail, especially about Koch Industries' deadly indifference to environmental and safety matters... Sons of Wichita reminds us that political outcomes depend far more on ideas and organizations, and the energy and persistence devoted to them, than they do on the balance of power between good guys and bad guys.-- "New York Times Book Review"
Sons of Wichita feels as close to the truth as anyone is likely to get for a long time to come.-- "Financial Times"
Riveting...fair-minded and inquisitive. Schulman offers carefully observed details that help flesh out our image of the men whose money has so dramatically remade our politics, revealing much about their motives as well as the demons that haunt them.-- "Washington Post"
Mother Jones senior editor Schulman's group portrait of the amazingly wealthy, strong-minded Koch brothers is a critical, but surprisingly nuanced tale of money and influence...This is a complex story of epic sibling rivalry, with important political dimensions.-- "Publishers Weekly (starred review)"
Forget Dallas or Dynasty, this family saga of wealth and reprisals far exceeds anything you might see on TV. All My Children might have been a good alternative title for the book, though, because the fraternal infighting began with a hard-driving father who didn't mind pitting son against son...While there is plenty about the Koch brothers' business dealings and, of course, their political philosophies, this is, at heart, a tale about sibling rivalry writ large...Schulman is a senior editor at Mother Jones, but there's no leftist edge here. His copious research results in a bias-free book that illuminates two of the most influential figures on the American landscape while telling a remarkable, if cautionary, tale about money, power, and the bonds of brotherhood.-- "Booklist"
Mother Jones senior editor Schulman delivers provocative reportage on the Koch alpha-family legacy...Free from conjecture or personal criticism, Schulman's astute account is buttressed by concrete research, legal documents, and verbatim interviews with family members and friends. A straightforward, evenhanded, and often riveting assessment.-- "Kirkus Reviews"