Antitrust by Amy Klobuchar audiobook

Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

By Amy Klobuchar
Read by Nan McNamara , with introduction, first chapter, and conclusion read by  Amy Klobuchar

Random House Audio
14.42 Hours 1
Format : Digital Download (In Stock)
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    ISBN: 9780593459263

NY TIMES NATIONAL BEST SELLER Antitrust enforcement is one of the most pressing issues facing America today—and Amy Klobuchar, the widely respected senior senator from Minnesota, is leading the charge. This fascinating history of the antitrust movement shows us what led to the present moment and offers achievable solutions to prevent monopolies, promote business competition, and encourage innovation. In a world where Google reportedly controls 90 percent of the search engine market and Big Pharma’s drug price hikes impact healthcare accessibility, monopolies can hurt consumers and cause marketplace stagnation. Klobuchar—the much-admired former candidate for president of the United States—argues for swift, sweeping reform in economic, legislative, social welfare, and human rights policies, and describes plans, ideas, and legislative proposals designed to strengthen antitrust laws and antitrust enforcement. Klobuchar writes of the historic and current fights against monopolies in America, from Standard Oil and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to the Progressive Era's trust-busters; from the breakup of Ma Bell (formerly the world's biggest company and largest private telephone system) to the pricing monopoly of Big Pharma and the future of the giant tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. She begins with the Gilded Age (1870s-1900), when builders of fortunes and rapacious robber barons such as J. P. Morgan, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt were reaping vast fortunes as industrialization swept across the American landscape, with the rich getting vastly richer and the poor, poorer. She discusses President Theodore Roosevelt, who, during the Progressive Era (1890s-1920), "busted" the trusts, breaking up monopolies; the Clayton Act of 1914; the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914; and the Celler-Kefauver Act of 1950, which it strengthened the Clayton Act. She explores today's Big Pharma and its price-gouging; and tech, television, content, and agriculture communities and how a marketplace with few players, or one in which one company dominates distribution, can hurt consumer prices and stifle innovation. As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Klobuchar provides a fascinating exploration of antitrust in America and offers a way forward to protect all Americans from the dangers of curtailed competition, and from vast information gathering, through monopolies.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A Washington Post Pick of 10 Best Books of the Month

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in Nonfiction

A #1 Amazon bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

NY TIMES NATIONAL BEST SELLER Antitrust enforcement is one of the most pressing issues facing America today—and Amy Klobuchar, the widely respected senior senator from Minnesota, is leading the charge. This fascinating history of the antitrust movement shows us what led to the present moment and offers achievable solutions to prevent monopolies, promote business competition, and encourage innovation. In a world where Google reportedly controls 90 percent of the search engine market and Big Pharma’s drug price hikes impact healthcare accessibility, monopolies can hurt consumers and cause marketplace stagnation. Klobuchar—the much-admired former candidate for president of the United States—argues for swift, sweeping reform in economic, legislative, social welfare, and human rights policies, and describes plans, ideas, and legislative proposals designed to strengthen antitrust laws and antitrust enforcement. Klobuchar writes of the historic and current fights against monopolies in America, from Standard Oil and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act to the Progressive Era's trust-busters; from the breakup of Ma Bell (formerly the world's biggest company and largest private telephone system) to the pricing monopoly of Big Pharma and the future of the giant tech companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. She begins with the Gilded Age (1870s-1900), when builders of fortunes and rapacious robber barons such as J. P. Morgan, John Rockefeller, and Cornelius Vanderbilt were reaping vast fortunes as industrialization swept across the American landscape, with the rich getting vastly richer and the poor, poorer. She discusses President Theodore Roosevelt, who, during the Progressive Era (1890s-1920), "busted" the trusts, breaking up monopolies; the Clayton Act of 1914; the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914; and the Celler-Kefauver Act of 1950, which it strengthened the Clayton Act. She explores today's Big Pharma and its price-gouging; and tech, television, content, and agriculture communities and how a marketplace with few players, or one in which one company dominates distribution, can hurt consumer prices and stifle innovation. As the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights, Klobuchar provides a fascinating exploration of antitrust in America and offers a way forward to protect all Americans from the dangers of curtailed competition, and from vast information gathering, through monopolies.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An impressive work of scholarship…Highly informative and surprisingly readable in the bargain.” New York Times Book Review
“Uses US history to show how a skewed marketplace can hurt consumer wallets as well as stifle progress and innovation.” Washington Post
“Antitrust is a serious and important contribution that will help build momentum for reform.” New Republic
“A diligently researched history lesson and a well thought out plan…staggeringly detailed…Solid, sharp, articulate work.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Klobuchar reviews past monopolies, starting with a certain tea party, and continuing through the Gilded Age and the Sherman Act to current day…Her style is engaging and energetic.” Booklist (starred review)
“Klobuchar delivers the introduction, first chapter, and conclusion of her audiobook with intellectual confidence…Nan McNamara narrates the remainder of the audio with more vocal color than the senator and equal skill with her often complex sentences. The interpretive skills of both women deserve credit for making such an esoteric topic sound accessible and absorbing.” AudioFile

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Author Bio: Amy Klobuchar

Author Bio: Amy Klobuchar

Amy Klobuchar is the senior senator from Minnesota, the first woman from that state to be elected to the US Senate. She graduated from Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School. She is the author of The Senator Next Door: A Memoir from the Heartland and Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Business & Economics
Runtime: 14.42
Audience: Adult
Language: English