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Sold to the Highest Bidder(2002)
The Presidency from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush
A non fiction book by Daniel M Friedenberg
"This is a glorious America for the alert and resourceful," notes Daniel Friedenberg in this critical review of the American presidency during the last half of the 20th century. But he cautions, "This is an unhappy America for the disadvantaged, the weak in body or mind, and those born without close family ties." The disparity between rich and poor in our immensely wealthy nation and the corrupting influence of money on politics to the advantage of the few over the many form the heart of his critique. Friedenberg emphasises that the New Deal concern for the underdog, the major social achievement of the first half of the 20th century, has been gradually abandoned by presidents in the latter half of the century, along with tax policies that shifted wealth from the well-to-do to the less privileged. Though paying lip service to democracy, in fact recent presidents have upheld a system designed to maximise the influence of a powerful elite, 'a flexible plutocracy', as Friedenberg describes it.
January 2002 : USA Hardback
January 2002 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition