Age of Betrayal is a brilliant reconsideration of America's first Gilded Age, when war-born dreams of freedom and democracy died of their impossibility. Focusing on the alliance between government and railroads forged by bribes and campaign contributions, Jack Beatty details the corruption of American political culture that, in the words of Rutherford B. Hayes, transformed “a government of the people, by the people, and for the people” into “a government by the corporations, of the corporations, and for the corporations.” A passionate, gripping, scandalous and sorrowing history of the triumph of wealth over commonwealth.
Big business has been the lever of big change over time in American life, change in economy, society, politics, and the envelope of existence – in work, mores, language, consciousness, and the pace and bite of time. Such is the pattern revealed by this historical mosaic. – From the Preface Weaving historical source material…
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