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The Corporate State and the Broker State


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Preface 1. Barons of the Brandywine 2. Anti-Insurgent Politics 3. The Opening Wedge of Tyranny 4. A State of Revolution 5. Depression and New Opportunities 6. Uncertain Victory 7. A Brief Honeymoon 8. Deserting the Ship of State 9. Launching the Liberty League 10. Disintegration and Rebirth 11. Mobilizing for Armageddon 12. Taking a Walk 13. A Rout and a Valley Forge 14. A Last Hurrah 15. Old Soldiers Notes Index


This is the best book in three decades on two of the most important questions in twentieth century American history-how did Conservatism take its particular shape, and what role has Big Business really played in public affairs? Robert Burk illuminates these questions and others in an incisive book that is a joy to read. -- John Milton Cooper, Jr., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Plumbing the actions and ideas of the du Ponts and their allies, Burk treats a topic of substantial significance in the political, economic, and even social history of the United States. He does it very well, not only in providing a great deal of new and important information about the 1920s and 1930s but also in analyzing these data in light of other ongoing developments in America. -- Donald McCoy, University of Kansas
A very solid, clear, well-argued monograph, representing the best of political history. I am persuaded by the well-documented central argument-that the du Ponts pushed not for laissez-faire or (necessarily) for small government, but rather aimed at presiding themselves over a corporate-led state. -- James Patterson, Brown University

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