“An important and highly accessible book about the legal and political environments that shaped the modern corporation. Highly recommended.”
“A joy to read . . . clear, straight-forward, and very accessible . . . one of those books that can awaken people’s consciousness.”
—Corporate Reform Weekly
“Entertaining and sometimes arresting . . . the book is a lively read, and Nace is an interesting companion.”
“Gangs of America is a brilliant page-turner revealing how powerful, greedy corporations wage institutional terrorism. Reading it is the first step to saving our communities, our democracy, and our planet’s environment.”
—John Stauber, coauthor of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You!
“A beautifully documented and readable history.”
—Ben H. Bagdikian, author of The Media Monopoly
“The essential guide to the history of the American corporation. Nace explodes the myth of inevitability surrounding the corporate takeover of our lives.”
—Maria Elena Martinez, executive director, CorpWatch
One How Did Corporations Get So Much Power?
Two From Street Fights to Empire
Three The Ultimate Reality Show
Four Why the Colonists Feared Corporations . . .
Five . . . And What They Did About It
Six The Genius
Eight The Judge
Nine The Court Reporter
Ten The Lavender-Vested Turkey Gobbler
Eleven Survival of the Fittest
Twelve The Revolt of the Bosses
Thirteen Speech = Money
Fourteen Judicial Yoga
Fifteen Crime Wave
Sixteen Global Rule
Seventeen Fighting Back
Eighteen Intelligent, Amoral, Evolving
Nineteen So What’s the Alternative?
Appendix A Supreme Court Decisions
Appendix B The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment
About the Author