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Taking America: How We Got from the First Hostile Takeover to Megamergers, Corporate Raiding and Scandal Paperback – December 1, 2003


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Beard Books (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158798217X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587982170
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.7 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,329,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JEFF MADRICK is a former economics columnist for The New York Times and has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books for many years. He is editor of Challenge Magazine, visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union, and senior fellow at The Roosevelt Institute and the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School. He is the author of a half dozen books, including Taking America (Bantam), and The End of Affluence (Random House), both of which were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Taking America was also chosen by Business Week as one of the ten best books of the year. His most recent books are Why Economies Grow (Basic Books) and The Case for Big Government, which won a general non-fiction award from Pen America. His new book, published in mid-2011 by Alfred A. Knopf, is Age of Greed, The Triumph of Finance and the Decline of America, 1970 to the Present.

He has written for many other publications, including The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Institutional Investor, The Nation, American Prospect, The Boston Globe, Newsday, Dissent, and the business, op-ed, and magazine sections of The New York Times. He has appeared on Charlie Rose, The Lehrer News Hour, Now With Bill Moyers, Frontline, CNN, CNBC, CBS, BBC,and NPR. He was formerly finance editor of Business Week Magazine, a columnist for Money Magazine, and an NBC News reporter and commentator. His awards also include an Emmy and a Page One Award. He was educated at New York University and Harvard University, and was a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil S. on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
[1987 Hardcover]: Maybe I'm not the Reviewer to Review this: never took Economics or Poly Sci. My non-snarky implication is that without some grounding in these fundamentals the writing can get a tad arid. But hang in there. Grab a club soda.

With all the flap about Bain Capital in light of a Presidential campaign in 2012, we should look back to the Reagan era for that "state of mind". And is that state the one to go back to in 2013? Let the Free market run Free again? How free?

I have not read this work cover to cover - may not happen - but feel confident that my review is fair and square. I'm gonna keep this Keeper, as it is home-friendly, and pool and sandwich-place friendly. Sometimes you might blurt out, Wow! And actually look cool!

Go back to just before the S & L meltdown and see what Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Merrill-Lynch, others looked like when they used to get haircuts...and give *us* a trimmin'.
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