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Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government--And How We Take It Back

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Do you ever wonder if there’s a connection between the corruption scandals in the news and the steady decline in the quality of life for millions of Americans?

Do you ever wonder what corporations get for the millions of dollars they pour into the American political system?

Do you ever think the government has been hijacked by forces hostile to average Americans?

Do you ev
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Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Broadway Books (first published 2006)
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Mike
I'm not really sure how to rate this. I'm a card-carrying singer in the choir, obviously, and so I didn't learn anything new from this. But if the book is (hopefully) getting a wider audience than the choir, I guess the question is how effective these arguments would be on the benighted masses. My guess (maybe optimistic) is that half will hit home; the other half will come across as as spin or demagoguery or something like that, not because the argument is not sound or true, but because it soun ...more
Blayne
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-at-library
Sirota has put together a handbook of facts to help dispell myths and lies spread by politicians. Each chapter is on a different topic; and within each chapter he combats common talking points with facts concisely presented to quickly arm any citizen with teh knowledge they need to confront soothsayers.

Facts and data can only do so much. At the end of each chapter, he lays out what we can do (or request) to actually fix the problems. Common sense answers to what are percieved to be complex prob
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Edgar
Sep 07, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author explains how our government and politicians have been bought out by corporations and the ultra-wealthy. David Sirota claims that he is presenting a clear picture of the corruption in our government, yet his book is endorsed by Al Gore, one of these corrupt politicians, that will soon be making a fortune off his own takeover of our government with carbon credits and global warming. This is in the face of a five year continuing decrease in global temperatures and snow storms in Kenya. T ...more
C. Scott
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. I traffic in a lot of this sort of literature, so I'm not quite the wide-eyed neophyte that I'm sure Sirota envisioned as his audience when he was writing this, but I found this volume especially well-executed. More than anything I appreciated the organization. This book is organized in a very tidy fashion, where every section ends with "solutions." I loved that. Too many other books save practical ideas for the end and they tend to get short shrift. Sirota is a great writer, I love h ...more
Elke
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-policy
I wanted to learn more from this book than I did. I found its onesidedness tiresome. Although I do believe that Republican policies at the time were more overtly focused on making things easier for corporations to get things done than Democrats' were, the mainstream Democratic party was also in the pocket of corporations, took their money, and did them favors. I wanted to a more evenhanded look at things from this guy.
Unwisely
May 19, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finished
Despite being on an airplane and having nothing else to do, I couldn't get past page 35. It was pretty screedy, didn't tell me anything I didn't already know - yet presented it as startling! new! information!!! and was generally annoying.

Which is too bad, I actually agree with his slant, but, this book wasn't for me. (I actually thought this was a different book, which he mentioned a couple of times, so maybe I'll try that one.)
Jon-Erik
Jun 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
Shelves: politics
This audience preaches to the choir, but if you're in the choir, you've heard this before. Therefore, pretty useless.
Cheryl
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for the 82% of Americans who think their country is on the wrong track...

Read this book to find out the real reasons why.

Warning: it may make you ill with anger.
Jeff H
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading parts of this book made me feel ill. That, I guess, is more or less the point.
Christina
Oct 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfictionread
Follow the money.
John
Mar 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book pulls no punches. It connects the dots on how money is corrupting our democracy and country.
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David Sirota is an author, nationally syndicated columnist and radio host living in Denver, Colorado. His work focuses on the intersection of pop culture and politics. He is the author of three books: Back to Our Future (2011), The Uprising (2008) and Hostile Takeover (2006). His syndicated column appears weekly in newspapers with a combined circulation of 1.6 million readers. He hosts the morning ...more
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