Gangs of America

The Rise of Corporate Power & the Disabling of Democracy

Ted Nace (Author)

Publication date: 09/01/2005

Bestseller over 25,000+ copies sold

Gangs of America
The corporation has become the core institution of the modern world. Designed to seek profit and power, it has pursued both with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of law and even challenging the sovereign status of the state. Where did the corporation come from? How did it get so much power? What is its ultimate trajectory?
After he sold his successful computer book publishing business to a large corporation, Ted Nace felt increasingly driven to find answers to these questions. In Gangs of America he details the rise of corporate power in America through a series of fascinating stories, each organized around a different facet of the central question: "How did corporations get more rights than people?" Beginning with the origin of the corporation in medieval Great Britain, Nace traces both the events that shaped the evolution of corporate power and the colorful personalities who played major roles. Gangs of America is a uniquely accessible synthesis of the latest scholarly research, a compelling historical narrative, and a distinctive personal voice.
  • Just as Fast Food Nation revealed the sordid underside of the fast-food industry, Gangs of America tells the hidden story of how corporations gained their unprecedented power --- and what it means for you 

  • Written in an accessible, personable style that reflects the author's unique background as both a successful businessman and an engaged activist

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The corporation has become the core institution of the modern world. Designed to seek profit and power, it has pursued both with endless tenacity, steadily bending the framework of law and even challenging the sovereign status of the state. Where did the corporation come from? How did it get so much power? What is its ultimate trajectory?
After he sold his successful computer book publishing business to a large corporation, Ted Nace felt increasingly driven to find answers to these questions. In Gangs of America he details the rise of corporate power in America through a series of fascinating stories, each organized around a different facet of the central question: "How did corporations get more rights than people?" Beginning with the origin of the corporation in medieval Great Britain, Nace traces both the events that shaped the evolution of corporate power and the colorful personalities who played major roles. Gangs of America is a uniquely accessible synthesis of the latest scholarly research, a compelling historical narrative, and a distinctive personal voice.

  • Just as Fast Food Nation revealed the sordid underside of the fast-food industry, Gangs of America tells the hidden story of how corporations gained their unprecedented power --- and what it means for you 

  • Written in an accessible, personable style that reflects the author's unique background as both a successful businessman and an engaged activist

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Meet the Author


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Ted Nace founded Peachpit Press in 1985, the publisher of such million-copy bestselling computer books as The Macintosh Bible, the Little Mac Book, and the Visual QuickStart Guide series. He sold the company to British publishing conglomerate Pearson Plc in 1996. Prior to founding Peachpit, Nace worked as a freelance writer and served as staff director of the Dakota Resource Council, helping rural communities deal with the impact of strip mines and power plants. For more information about Ted and Gangs of America, please visit www.gangsofamerica.com.

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Praise for Gangs of America

“An important and highly accessible book about the legal and political environments that shaped the modern corporation. Highly recommended.”

Choice

“A joy to read … clear, straight-forward, and very accessible … one of those books that can awaken people’s consciousness.”

Corporate Reform Weekly

“Entertaining and sometimes arresting … the book is a lively read, and Nace is an interesting companion.”

New Leader

“Gangs of America is a brilliant page-turner revealing how powerful, greedy corporations wage institutional terrorism. Reading it is the first step to saving our communities, our democracy, and our planet’s environment.”

—John Stauber, coauthor of Toxic Sludge Is Good for You!

“A beautifully documented and readable history.”

—Ben H. Bagdikian, author of The Media Monopoly

“The essential guide to the history of the American corporation. Nace explodes the myth of inevitability surrounding the corporate takeover of our lives.”

—Maria Elena Martinez, executive director, CorpWatch

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