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The Rich and the Super Rich: A Study in the Power of Money Today
Decades ago, a bombshell of a book appeared which told the story of the lords of wealth & their glittering clans. It was called America's Sixty Families. It rocked the nation & became a classic. Lundberg showed how America was ruled by a plutocracy of inherited wealth, even under the New Deal. At the time he could only provide a sampling of the economic & polit ...more
Paperback, 812 pages
Published by Lyle Stuart
(first published June 1968)
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This was a really, really, REALLY long book, but that doesn't make it bad. It is a thorough investigation of the monied and wealthy interests in America. For this reason much of the book is filled with lists and figures, which can make for some tedious reading. Nevertheless, the gold of the book is worth fighting through the less interesting elements. He demonstrates that no matter how our economy has opened up, it is still controlled by the upper 3%, all of which are the descendants of a few se ...more
Another one from college days (mid 70s for me). The argument here is that mere millionaires don't count. It is the super rich that count -- the Du Ponts, Rockefellers, etc. It gives an account of all the families in the US that are truly super-rich. I am sure he has updated the account since.