The Profiteers

The Profiteers

Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World

Book - 2016
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The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a classic American business story. It begins with Warren A. 'Dad' Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to 'build the world,' from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha, to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe, to mining and energy operations around the globe. Today Bechtel is one of the largest privately held corporations in the world, enriched and empowered by a long history of government contracts and the privatization of public works, made possible by an unprecedented revolving door between its San Francisco headquarters and Washington.
Publisher: New York : 2016. Simon & Schuster,
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476706467
Branch Call Number: ANF 338.762 DENT
Characteristics: viii, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm


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Mar 03, 2016

This is a good book, well researched and presented, with some very interesting factoids included. While not on the same esoteric and outstanding level as Jane Mayer's book, Dark Money, or David Talbot's recent book, The Devil's Chessboard, it is still well recommended. [I especially liked her presenting of the perfidy of the Clinton administration against Dr. Wen Ho Lee, kept in solitary confinement - - shackled hand and foot - - for 278 days, then found not guilty and released - - most probably a move by the Clinton administration to privatize the nuke labs and reward the managing to their cronies, and also that McCone, Kennedy's CIA director replacement for Dulles who was there during his murder in Dallas, sat on the board of ITT when Salvador Allende of Chile was killed!]

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