Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
Author: Jane Mayer
NY: Doubleday, 2016
This is a detailed, well-researched look into the monetary forces driving the far right, including movements like the Tea Party (and far, far more). The subjects of the investigative reporting are billionaires (the Koch brothers, the DeVos family and others) who, as Libertarians, believe that no government is pretty much the best government and so have used their money to methodically buy institutions and influence people to conform with their ideals.
It is a clear answer to why it was so difficult for President Obama to get things done and why Hillary Clinton’s campaign failed. The book is enlightening and frightening at the same time, and makes it all the more clear that we must be politically active in order to preserve social programs, stop climate change, protect the planet, and build our schools.
The author is a writer for the New Yorker magazine. I highly recommend that we all learn what she has to teach!