From the best-selling coauthor of The Money and the Power, the inside story of the Bechtel family and the empire they've controlled since the construction of the Hoover Dam.
The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a classic American business story. It begins with Warren A. "Dad" Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to build the world, from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe to mining and energy operations around the globe. Today Bechtel is one of the largest privately held corporations in the world, enriched and empowered by a long history of government contracts and the privatization of public works, made possible by an unprecedented revolving door between its San Francisco headquarters and Washington. Bechtel executives John McCone, Caspar Weinberger, and George P. Shultz segued from leadership at the company to positions as director of the CIA, secretary of defense, and secretary of state, respectively.
Like all stories of empire building, the rise of Bechtel presents a complex and riveting narrative. In The Profiteers, Sally Denton exposes Bechtel's secret world and one of the biggest business and political stories of our time.
©2016 Sally Denton (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This is one of those rare tomes that provides a lense into an entire epoch, through a focus on one historical figure: in this case, the entire Bechtel dynasty. While the other books attempt to chronicle the rise of a family, The Profiteers tells us about the rise of American power in the 20th century, and to the present day. Fascinating at many levels, a Must Read.
I enjoyed finding out how the Bechtals sets involved...it certainly was not shared with the public at the time it was happening.....
Wade through the innuendo, misleading allegations of fraud and sheer political harping of this book and it's possible that you will take away some useful facts about Bechtel from it. Like they were largely responsible for building the Hoover Dam. And they have had two Presidents named Steve. The rest of the book is filled with tortured references to manipulation of the U.S. government (the Republican administrations only) and nearly every other world government by Bechtel. There is nothing redeeming about this book.
Author clearly had bias and her subjective writing style ruined a fascinating subject. To say the style was annoying is an understatement. I rarely stop reading a book and I had to put this one down with disgust. Amatuer.
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