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Kochland

The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America
Auteur(s): Christopher Leonard
Narrateur(s): Jacques Roy
Durée: 23 h et 15 min
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Just as Steve Coll told the story of globalization through ExxonMobil and Andrew Ross Sorkin told the story of Wall Street excess through Too Big to Fail, Christopher Leonard’s Kochland uses the extraordinary account of how the biggest private company in the world grew to be that big to tell the story of modern corporate America.

The annual revenue of Koch Industries is bigger than that of Goldman Sachs, Facebook, and US Steel combined. Koch is everywhere: from the fertilizers that make our food to the chemicals that make our pipes to the synthetics that make our carpets and diapers to the Wall Street trading in all these commodities. But few people know much about Koch Industries, and that’s because the billionaire Koch brothers want it that way.

For five decades, CEO Charles Koch has kept Koch Industries quietly operating in deepest secrecy, with a view toward very, very long-term profits. He’s a genius businessman: patient with earnings, able to learn from his mistakes, determined that his employees develop a reverence for free-market ruthlessness, and a master disrupter. These strategies have made him and his brother David together richer than Bill Gates.

But there’s another side to this story. If you want to understand how we killed the unions in this country, how we widened the income divide, stalled progress on climate change, and how our corporations bought the influence industry, all you have to do is listen to this audiobook.

Seven years in the making, Kochland comes across like a true-life thriller, with larger-than-life characters driving the battles at every moment. The audiobook tells the ambitious tale of how one private company consolidated power over half a century - and how in doing so, it helped transform capitalism into something that feels deeply alienating to many Americans today.

©2019 Christopher Leonard (P)2019 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • kevin alexander
  • 2019-11-05

A must read

If you want to glimpse into the machinations of large business interests and operations.. This book is a truly stunning and mind-blowing insight and accounts. The author does a fantastic job at providing the reader with clear details and the breath of a vast inter-workings of Koch industries. Investigational journalism at its best.

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  • Michael
  • 2019-10-18

Fascinating and enraging

The book highlights the people surrounding Koch and includes vignettes on failures as well as the many successes of Koch Industries. As a businessman, there’s no doubt that Charles Koch is a master at making money - regardless of the cost to society. The author also masterfully illustrates the destruction of American democracy by this billionaire activist and serves as a warning of what could come if it continues unchecked.

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  • Richard Kiene
  • Tempe, AZ USA
  • 2019-08-29

An amazing deep dive into Koch Industries!

Christopher Leonard has written an amazing analysis of not just the operations of Koch Industries but of the man that turned a conglomerate of unrelated businesses into a powerhouse of industry. Leonard’s writing is perfectly translated by the narrator into a gripping and fascinating story that never felt long or drawn out!

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  • Steven
  • PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States
  • 2019-08-29

Extensive History of Koch Industries

Yes this is a deep dive into Koch. Kudos to Leonard for his research. I'm not sure how much cooperation he got from the reliably secretive Kochs. A few takeaways - Admiration for Charles Koch's business acumen. However I despise the Koch brother's politics and reading a 23 hr. book hasn't changed my opinion, which is - libertarianism is total b.s., it has never existed in this country from the very beginning when President George Washington and his aide Alexander Hamilton realized that the U.S. needed a strong central govn't. - and if it ever exists here, the U.S would eventually become a 3rd world nation.

The author displays a type of Stockholm Syndrome by "falling in love" with his subjects. I really don't give a damn about Charles' son Skippy or whatever his name is, and wonder why Leonard spends an entire chapter on him. As far as succession, I would rather see the empire fall into rust after the death of the elderly Charles. Also, I don't have much use for Charles's management philosophy and suspect that it is B.S. I think that Charles success has more to do with being shrewd, data driven, embracing new technology, thinking long term, hardworking, and yes being ruthless.

Left out of the book is the harsh German nanny the brothers were raised by, the one who went off to join Hitler when World War 2 started, which might of had something to do with the harsh competitiveness between the brothers, The father Fred was a John Bircher (an extinct paranoid fringe group.) So perhaps crazy political beliefs are part of the Koch's DNA. One thing is certain, their politics particularity denial of global warming has more to do with protecting their biz than anything else.

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  • tariq
  • 2019-08-15

Amazing!

I generally don’t write reviews but this one deserves one. It’s truly excellent and I highly recommend it. It will help you understand why we are where we are today.

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  • James
  • 2019-11-05

Best business book in long time for me

Not a big fan of Kochland but thought book was informative balanced and thought provoking. Great overview and analysis of business in America by telling story of one company and man behind it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-03

Interesting storyline with a lot of characters

This book contains where interesting storyline about Koch industries, where it describes in detail their corporate and family history for past 50 years. It describes Charles Koch as a true mastermind of American business and political life and depicts huge number of side characters that either help him or try to stop him in his way.

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  • RB Player
  • 2019-10-30

learned a lot

learned a lot about the business, their family, their wealth. they have a lot of money!

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  • Mohammad Mirzaei
  • 2019-10-13

Excellent book!

A great story and an unbiased insight in a philosophical roots of a contemporary business guru and a close look inside the power dynamics of corporate America. Great read!

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  • KC
  • 2019-10-10

Great but maybe too long.

It's sad that the Koch's don't know that they wouldn't need armored cars and God if they treated people better.