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What is Dividing Us, and Who’s Behind It?
Nancy MacLean is the William H. Chafe Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University, and the award-winning author Democracy in Chains and of several other books, including Behind the Mask of Chivalry: The Making of the Second Ku Klux Klan and Debating the American Conservative Movement: 1945 to the Present.
Researched over ten years, Democracy in Chains blows open the doors to the unknown history of the relentless campaign by the radical rich to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize everything from schools to Medicare and Social Security, stop action on climate change, and alter the U.S. Constitution.
Democracy in Chains:
• Finalist for the National Book Award in Nonfiction
• Named the “Most Valuable Book” of 2017 by The Nation
• “[A] vibrant intellectual history of the radical right . . . What we think of as dysfunction is the result of years of strategic effort.” — The Atlantic
• “This sixty-year campaign to make libertarianism mainstream and eventually take the government itself is at the heart of Democracy in Chains. . . [and it] feels like it was written with a clock ticking down… If you’re worried about what all this means for America’s future, you should be…. We are, Democracy in Chains is clear, at a precipice…. And if someone you know isn’t convinced, you have just the book to hand them.” — National Public Radio
• “A remarkable new book which argues that the radical right revolution engineered by Charles [Koch] and his brother David is not just about accruing political and economic power, but about restricting democracy itself.” — The New Republic