I agree with the Publishers Weekly critique, this is a highly misinformational book, starting off with the highly disinformational thesis of any rivalry between big biz and big gov't. Rothkopf was head of Kissinger Associates for quite awhile, so he certainly should realize this by now? Also, I would take issue with his take on the oldest corporation - - the actual oldest corporation is the City of London Corporation. Government in too many countries, and certainly in the USA, appears to be almost concretely hereditary - - witness the lineage of Timothy Geithner, Diana Farrell and other Obama appointments. And within the plutocracy, for example: Blair Pillsbury, a descendant of the founder of the Pillsbury Company, which the Rockefeller family was heavily invested in, works at the Council of the Americas, founded by David Rockefeller. Blair marries Ostrom Enders II, the son of the attorney who represented Chase [Rockefeller's bank, or at least one of them] especially during the time Iran banked with them and was involved in getting the Shah help during the Iranian revolution of the late 1970s. Ostrom Enders II, of course, works at Chase Securities. And there has always been a member of the Walker-Bush family at Goldman Sachs. As I said, both the plutocracy and their gov't appears highly hereditary. [Also, Blackrock is hardly secretive: it was spun off from the Blackstone Group, and managed, along with Morgan Stanley, the disposition of TARP bailout funds to the banks.]
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