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The Rich and the Super-Rich: A Study in the Power of Money Today

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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
Hardcover, 812 pages
Published June 1st 1968 by Lyle Stuart (NY)
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Adam Ross
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Naeem
Aug 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sami
Mar 29, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
What a hard read this is. It's a long list of rich people's incomes that you'll never remember.
Feliks
Jun 24, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A great book to flip through and choose chapters at random to peruse.
David Gribble
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Long. Detailed
Adam Gutschenritter
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The systematic statistical analysis of how the super rich gain, keep and use money to increase their own wealth and power. It is brutal....and although dated I can only guess that it is worse now.
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