Anyone paying even the slightest attention to the current American political campaign will be aware that mega-rich donors play an inordinate role in shaping the political debate. Jane Mayer, an investigative journalist who writes for New Yorker, and who writes frequently about political issues, profiles the rich individuals who have used their wealth to promote libertarian causes. She focuses a lot in her book, Dark Money, on the role played by Charles and David Koch, the two brothers who head Koch Industries, in creating the Tea Party Movement and who have contributed to the extreme partisanship and rancor that exists in the American political system. She looks at rich donors use of subterfuge and misdirection to elicit support from middle class voters who respond to the themes of small government and freedom which cloak their objective of shaping legislation that benefits the rich primarily.
The book, however, tends to be obscure and difficult for the average reader because the author fails to explain some of the concepts adequately, and jumps back and forth in time in a somewhat haphazard manner that can be confusing.
Summary of Dark Money by Jane Mayer by Instaread takes an in depth look at the book, with an analysis of the main characters, the themes, and the author’s style. This is an excellent resource for any busy reader who would like an unbiased, objective look at a book before deciding to buy.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.