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Age of Betrayal : The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900 - Jack Beatty

Age of Betrayal

The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900

Paperback Published: 8th April 2008
ISBN: 9781400032426
Number Of Pages: 483

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Age of Betrayal is a brilliant reconsideration of America's first Gilded Age, when war-born dreams of freedom and democracy died of their impossibility. Focusing on the alliance between government and railroads forged by bribes and campaign contributions, Jack Beatty details the corruption of American political culture that, in the words of Rutherford B. Hayes, transformed “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people” into “a government by the corporations, of the corporations, and for the corporations.” A passionate, gripping, scandalous and sorrowing history of the triumph of wealth over commonwealth.

Industry Reviews

"An engaging, responsible and compelling book. It offers an excellent introduction to the epic saga of late 19th-century America and an important message for our own time." --The San Diego Union-Tribune"Illuminated and enlivened. . . . [Beatty's] ability to hot-wire our history to the here and now is what gives Age of Betrayal its distinctive bite." --Los Angeles Times Book Review"Readers will immediately by impressed by the range of subject matter he can handle, from political, economic, and constitutional history to the history of labor, social movements and time. . . . Absorbing in its detail and refreshingly uncompromising in its perspective." --The Boston Globe."A shocking, heart-breaking account of corruption and just plain meanness." --The Providence Journal

Table of Contents

Introduction     xi

Annihilating Space     3

Rome of the Railroads     27

"Vote Yourself a Tariff"     54

"Vote Yourself a Farm"     72

The Inverted Constitution     109

The Scandal of Santa Clara     148

Anti-Democracy     192

Tom Scott, Political Capitalist     232

Bread or Blood     269

The Politics of the Future     303

Revolution from Above     346

Mississippi and the American Way     377

Retrospect     390

Acknowledgments     393

Notes     395

Index     465

ISBN: 9781400032426
ISBN-10: 1400032423
Series: Vintage
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 483
Published: 8th April 2008
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: IN
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 12.7  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.48