- Paperback: 335 pages
- Publisher: Mayfield Pub Co; 3rd edition (January 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559349735
- ISBN-13: 978-1559349734
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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-David T. Darnell, Denver, Colorado
He adds 'top-level managers' to the power elite, which is composed of the owners of large income-producing properties. He adds also one more question to the three ones quoted in his former book: who shines?
Those income-producing properties are, on the national level, big corporations, banks and agribusinesses and, locally, real estate, construction and land development companies.
The owners and top-level managers constitute at best 1 % of the US population and have an enormous share of all income and wealth in the US.
G. William Domhoff shows clinically how they defend their interests through a small cluster of people and institutions ( a social upper class, a corporate community and a policy-formation network). Individual members (the oligarchy) of the upper class and the corporate community are involved in the policy-formation network. See, as an example, the members of the president G.W. Bush government.
The power elite dominates the two major political parties and the federal government through a coalition of Republicans and rightist Southern Democrats.
Concerning the general public, G. Wiliam Domhoff remarks that it has little or no influence except in times of unpopular wars or domestic social upheavals. He sees no change in the actual situation and predicts that the corporate-conservative coalition is most likely to prevail for a long time.
G. William Domhoff's arguments are extremely powerful. Therefore, this book is an essential read for the comprehension of the political/economical functioning of the US power system.
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I first read this book in 1969 the first edition. It is a true and far sited account of who the true "Rulers" in this country are. Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Harold A. Lockyear
A tedious and shrill book which supposes that as soon as you have achieved some measure of success and/or wealth, you join a "ruling class. Read morePublished on July 17, 2001
Words are simply inadequate. This is the best book I never read. Amen.Published on February 20, 2001 by scarlett browning