Corporate Corruption/Monopolies

These books highlight some of the most egregious examples of unmitigated corporate greed and monopolistic practices. They represent what happens when the unrelenting “free enterprise” pursuit of profit is allowed to run to its natural conclusion.

It’s the Crude, Dude: War, Big Oil, and the Fight For the Planet    by Linda McQuaig (2004)     Comprehensive but lively history of the oil industry, its monopolies, price-fixing, and industry collusion with the U.S. government.

Pigs at the Trough: How Corporate Greed and Political Corruption Are Undermining America    by Arianna Huffington (2003)     Details the corporate control of government, corruption, lobbying, and corporate interest vs the public good.

The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth About Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters    by Greg Palast (2002)     From Bush’s 2000 U.S. election theft to energy deregulation to Wal-Mart this book is a wide-ranging look at corporate corruption and control of the U.S. government    Also Audiobook CD

Slam-Dunking Wal-Mart: How You Can Stop Superstore Sprawl in Your Hometown    by Al Norman (1999)     Explores Wal-Mart’s predatory tactics and their effects on workers and communities as well as how citizen coalitions can fight back.

The United States of Wal-Mart    by John Dicker (2005)     Lively description of Wal-Mart’s union busting, overseas sweatshops, and how its impoverished “associates” rely on public assistance to survive.

The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It    by Marcia Angell, M.D. (2004)     A former editor of The New England Journal of Medicine exposes the phony research and development costs drug companies claim to justify inflated monopoly prices, their shoddy drug testing procedures, and influence on the U.S. government.