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Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty Daniel Schulman Sons of Wichita How the Koch Brothers Became America s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty Not long after the death of his father whose heart gave out suddenly in November Charles Koch then in his early thirties discovered a letter his father had written when his four sons were small

  • Title: Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty
  • Author: Daniel Schulman
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  • Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty Daniel Schulman Not long after the death of his father, whose heart gave out suddenly in November 1967, Charles Koch then in his early thirties discovered a letter his father had written when his four sons were small My dear boys, it began, when you are twenty one, you will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money It may either be a blessing or a curse Above all, he cautioned,Not long after the death of his father, whose heart gave out suddenly in November 1967, Charles Koch then in his early thirties discovered a letter his father had written when his four sons were small My dear boys, it began, when you are twenty one, you will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money It may either be a blessing or a curse Above all, he cautioned, be kind and generous to one another.In the ensuing decades, Fred s legacy became a blessing and a curse.Two of his sons, Charles and David, joined forces to build Koch Industries, one of the largest private corporations in the world But they ended up in an epic feud with brothers Bill and Frederick that spanned nearly two decades, tearing the family apart and nearly Koch Industries along with it Bill would start his own energy company and attain a modicum of fame as a litigious wine collector and yachtsman After being marginalized by the patriarch because of his effete manner, Frederick became a patron of the arts and a fastidious refurbisher of historic estates.Starting with their boyhood when fraternal disputes were sometimes settled in the boxing ring, Sons of Wichita takes you inside this highly private family and traces the evolution of these four distinct personalities, as well as their corporate, philosophical, social, and political ambitions Influenced by the conservative, anticommunist sentiments of their father, a founding member of the John Birch Society, Charles and David devised an ambitious strategy to foist their ideological agenda upon the nation quietly channeling millions of dollars of their fortune into a web of free market think tanks, academic programs, advocacy groups, and , while also building what amounts to a shadow Republican Party, replete with a donor network capable of raising as much in an election cycle as the Republican National Committee Never before did they flex their political muscles as vigorously as they did during the 2012 campaign, when Charles and David clashed with the Obama administration in what Charles described as the mother of all wars.Like the Rockefellers before them, the Koch brothers are a great American dynasty Unlike the Rockefellers, they have never before been the subject of a major biography.
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    1. A very interesting book with some serious flaws.During the early chapters, I was convinced that the Koch brothers had paid the author who works at Mother Jones to write the family story their way, to acknowledge the warts in the family history while attempting to make the individuals human friendly.The middle which focused on the internecine struggles between the 4 brothers was the most illuminating and interesting So much drama and wasted energy, but fascinating in a perverse sort of way.The l [...]

    2. This is a very disturbing book The Brothers Koch are true fanatics and are willing to spend their billions to foist their maniacal political views on all of us This is a warning that we ignore at our nation s and the world s peril.

    3. Couldn t put this book down I wondered what was wrong with these people, now I know Nothing says manipulated like Market Based Management Glad I like Bounty better than Brawny.

    4. This is not a business but a gossip book.Even though the author made me think the book was going to be very critical of the Kochs, I still expected to learn a little bit about how Koch Industries were built and became successful I didn t.The book is not your typical, hysterical leftist reaction to the Koch brothers, the kind that is not based on reason but on hatred of the successful businessmen But it is based on nothing than material to be used in gossip tabloids.We learn about competition an [...]

    5. Publicly, I read this book to give some heft to my opinions of the Koch boys Privately, I gloated because this book should raise my level of disgust with them even Didn t work out that way I am probably appalled by what two of the four want to do to this country These are dangerous men be very afraid They aren t particularly brilliant and are hopeless at strategy but that doesn t matter because they can and will hire it done.Their obsession with imprinting their version of Libertarianism on ev [...]

    6. In the fall of 1999 I was recruited to come to Tulsa, OK and work for the John Zink Company While I was there, I was invited into David Koch s office who was the acting president of this company he owned to talk about combustion technology An hour later I was convinced I wanted to work for David and the John Zink company because of David s vision and commitment to research and development In his words, we want to leave our competition so far behind in the dust that they won t even see the dust I [...]

    7. I m reading Sons of Wichita by Schulman, along with Big Money by Vogel, after reading the book review in the Wall Street Journal onlinej articles book rTo some extent I will be required to mute my political preconceptions while also trotting out my anti bias sunshades Both authors have a liberal slant based upon their background Vogel writes for the liberal website Politico and Schulman has bracketed himself even further left with Mother Jones However, I believe if you know the author s slant go [...]

    8. This book did provide some insight into the twisted world of the sickest fucks in America The author seemed to be attempting to present a neutral portrait of the Koch boys, but the attempt involved some pretty wild tonal shifts At times it seemed flatly critical of their actions and methods though this may be only because there is no excuse for some of what they ve done Ultimately the book spent a lot of time humanizing Charles, David and the Other Two i found this useful in terms of know thy en [...]

    9. Fascinating look at one of the most influential and secretive families today, and how that influence can be bought and paid for despite never having run for office or been elected to anything.

    10. The Koch brothers want to pollute or rather, they don t care if they do or not So they buy politicians so they can if it suits them.

    11. It s important to know the Koch family, and their values and lifestyle, to understand the rift in politics and the rightward shift in American values.And well organized, easily digestible chapters, this book tells a diverse and comprehensive set of stories to explain this family.Each member is so different, and disturbing in their own unique ways Together they demonstrate that Koch values definitely are not for America, and are self serving at best, and widely destructive in practice Charles may [...]

    12. Having spent some time over the years in Wichita, Kansas, I knew it was a hotbed of right wing fanaticism, but I wasn t familiar with the workings of Koch Industries, or the strange family dynamics between the four Koch brothers This book tells the whole story and is surprisingly balanced considering that its author, David Schulman is the senior editor in the Washington Bureau of Mother Jones magazine.The story starts with Fred Koch, the brothers father, who was a founding member of the John Bir [...]

    13. Book review Sons of Wichita This book review is intended for Mrs.Orona s english 4 class I will be reporting Sons of Wichita by Daniel Schulman Sons of Wichita published by Grand Central Publishing contains a total of 424 pages in total I m not a big reader and I ve never been a fan of fantasy or fiction, but I am a fan of documentaries so chose a book that compliments my taste in TV This book follows the lives of 4 brothers Frederick, the oldest brother who is the black sheep of the family Whil [...]

    14. If you have heard of the Koch Brothers you hate them or love them You also probably don t know much about them accept for canards of the haters or the adulation of the true believers.However you revile or revere them, or even if they are not on your radar they are all the same among the most impactful players of these times.The author has compiled a very readable, informative and for the most part non judgmental book the warts are there as are some amazing accomplishments Its a story of lust for [...]

    15. I liked this book I like knowing that wildly intelligent, driven, and exceptional people can get side tracked by something as ubiquitous as sibling rivalry and mommy daddy issues I m not sure how valid or true the story is Schulman seems to have done his homework, but there are anonymous sources and cites than I like, but when dealing with men like the Kock s, avoiding litigation makes sense Schulman did a great job of keeping his personal politics out of his writing Liberals will find reason t [...]

    16. I used to shudder when I d hear the Koch brothers referred to After reading the book, I have a much complete understanding of them and although I don t like them any better, I am extremely glad I read this fascinating story Schulman does an excellent job this is his first book detailing the squabbles, the litigious battles, and the greed that drives these four sons of Fred Koch There are even small facets of likability depicted by Schulman, and it s helpful to better understand the driving forc [...]

    17. Daniel Schulman completely avoids writing the sensationalized account he could have easily penned about the Kochs Instead, Sons of Wichita is a painstakingly researched and engagingly narrated look at these brothers actual lives From their childhood until late 2013, almost no stone is left untouched Readers can expect a balanced and multidimensional account of the men who have reshaped American politics over the last few decades, along with an inside understanding of how Koch Industries became s [...]

    18. Very interesting biography of the powerful, libertarian Koch pronounced Coke family I d love to hate these guys, but can t quite manage it Each of the four brothers is a complex individual and seems motivated by upbringing and birth order at least as much as desires for money and power The Koch family did much to establish libertarianism as a force in American politics, ultimately giving birth to the Tea Party And surprisingly, they don t always agree with the Tea Party party line.

    19. The author takes a unprejudiced view of the Koch brothers He tells their good points and bad according to your politics I think everyone, no matter what your political persuasion is It never hurts to know all you can about the rich and the powerful, especially when their actions so clearly affect American life I can t help but think the if the Koch brothers spent their time and money on renewable energy sources instead of non renewable, what a difference it could make for our long term future.

    20. Sons of Wichita pinpoints the dilemma at the heart of the Koch saga the inability to translate theory into practice Schulman quotes a former Koch executive close to the brothers who says they won t likely repeat the errors of 2012 because they are smart people They learn from their mistakes They can only learn, however, by identifying the nature of their error, and one big factor may be standing in the way their enormous pride Read the full review here theamericanconservative

    21. I never understood the John Birch Society, and I never ever expected this writer to give a somewhat sympathetic view of its origins Fred Koch s time in Russia is harrowing and the movement that sprang forth makes sense for the first time in this context What is refreshing that even in light of some of the foibles, these are four smart guys I think the author misses the point at times, and he isn t a compelling writer, but it isn t the hatchet job I feared.

    22. I m sure I d probably get disagreement from the Koch family, but this book seemed to be very even handed and well researched It is also very readable in a narrative style I think the world might be a better place if every CEO and billionaire came equipped with a rather vindictive and litigious younger brother sorry, Bill But, alas, it only slowed them down.

    23. Gossip Not business.I still expected to learn a little bit about how Koch Industries were built and became successful I didn t.No intellectual or technical case is made here only dirty laundry the author has gathered.This is not worth the time of anyone who is serious about learning about the Koch Industries or the Koch brothers.

    24. For anyone interested in learning about Koch Industries and the Koch brothers in general this is a fairly balanced book Schulman did a good amount of research on the family and this is the most definitive book that I have seen to date.

    25. The book was okay the story centered too much on the Charles Bill drama, and their numerous litigations, versus what I had anticipated in understanding the operational background of their dyansty I am pretty disappointed to be frank.

    26. This book is less a book about business than it is a book about the internecine conflict between the Koch brothers, the political and philosophical ideology of Charles and David Koch, and their involvement in politics The word involvement is a gross understatement.However, one feels an underlying cynicism throughout the narrative, the same as one might feel while listening to a person spread some nasty gossip Therefore I was surprised to read another review of the book that accuses the author of [...]

    27. Schulman takes on an almost impossible job accurately characterizing a private family that has spent a lifetime influencing the public while simultaneously particularly in the case of Charles living a remarkably private life Its hard to imagine a person in famous than Charles Koch in 2014 about whom we know less Schulman does the best he can with interviews and press clippings, but Charles Koch remains frankly a mystery he has avoided the public eye and when that eye has turned to him has exert [...]

    28. It s hard to explain how I feel after reading this book I feel sad for the Koch family and all of the discord they ve lived through I feel educated on the massive reach of the Koch family fortune I feel disturbed by the story of their rise to wealth I feel understanding for the passion of a belief system that drives the brothers to try to shape American thought to a Libertarian leaning I feel disgusted at the wanton waste of so much of their fortunes on legal fees and frivolities I feel thankful [...]

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