Age of Betrayal by Jack Beatty
The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900

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Age of Betrayal is a brilliant reconsideration of America's first Gilded Age, when war-born dreams of freedom and democracy died of their impossibility. Focusing on the alliance between government and railroads forged by bribes and campaign contributions, Jack Beatty details the corruption of American political culture that, in the words of Rutherford B. Hayes, transformed “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people” into “a government by the corporations, of the corporations, and for the corporations.” A passionate, gripping, scandalous and sorrowing history of the triumph of wealth over commonwealth.


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About Jack Beatty

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Jack Beatty great up listening to his father's memories of serving in WWI as a sailor on a ship torpedoed in the Bay of Biscay. He is a news analyst for "On Point," the public affairs program on National Public Radio, and the author of The Rascal King: The Life and Times of James Michael Curley, Colossus: How the Corporation Changed America, and Age of Betrayal: The Triumph of Money in America, 1865-1900. He lives in New Hampshire.
 
Published April 10, 2007 by Vintage. 512 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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While the Democrats of the era concentrated on keeping power in the hands of white men, the Republicans stacked the Senate by admitting into the Union states that did not meet the constitutional criteria for statehood, allowed the wealthy to dictate the terms of their own laws and otherwise const...

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Atlantic Monthly editor Beatty (The Rascal King ) clearly invokes a comparison with the present in writing of how, he says, co

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“The saddest story,” as he calls it, looks back wistfully to the abandoned dream of “free soil, free labor, free men and free land” as it pauses, like an industrial-age passion play, before the signal events that led to government, in the words of the social reformer Henry George, “by the corpora...

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Beatty focuses on Tom Scott, an overlooked railroad executive who during the Civil War served as assistant secretary of war while still vice president of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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