Sons of Wichita by Daniel  Schulman audiobook

Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

By Daniel Schulman
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Notlong after the death of his father, whose heart gave out suddenly in November1967, Charles Koch—then in his early thirties—discovered a letter his fatherhad written when his four sons were small. “My dear boys,” it began, “when youare twenty-one, you will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money. Itmay either be a blessing or a curse.” “Above all,” he cautioned, “be kind andgenerous to one another.” Inthe ensuing decades, Fred’s legacy became a blessing and a curse. Twoof his sons, Charles and David, joined forces to build Koch Industries, one ofthe largest private corporations in the world. But they ended up in an epicfeud with brothers Bill and Frederick that spanned nearly two decades, tearingthe family apart—and nearly Koch Industries along with it. Bill would start hisown energy company and attain a modicum of fame as a litigious wine collectorand yachtsman. After being marginalized by the patriarch because of his effetemanner, Frederick became a patron of the arts and a fastidious refurbisher ofhistoric estates. Startingwith their boyhood when fraternal disputes were sometimes settled in the boxingring, Sons of Wichita takes you inside this highly private family andtraces the evolution of these four distinct personalities, as well as theircorporate, philosophical, social, and political ambitions. Influenced by theconservative, anticommunist sentiments of their father, a founding member ofthe John Birch Society, Charles and David devised an ambitious strategy tofoist their ideological agenda upon the nation—quietly channeling millions ofdollars of their fortune into a web of free market think tanks, academicprograms, advocacy groups, and more, while also building what amounts to ashadow Republican Party, replete with a donor network capable of raising asmuch in an election cycle as the Republican National Committee. Never beforedid they flex their political muscles as vigorously as they did during the 2012campaign, when Charles and David clashed with the Obama administration in whatCharles described as the “mother of all wars.” Likethe Rockefellers before them, the Koch brothers are a great American dynasty.Unlike the Rockefellers, they have never before been the subject of a majorbiography.

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Notlong after the death of his father, whose heart gave out suddenly in November1967, Charles Koch—then in his early thirties—discovered a letter his fatherhad written when his four sons were small. “My dear boys,” it began, “when youare twenty-one, you will receive what now seems to be a large sum of money. Itmay either be a blessing or a curse.” “Above all,” he cautioned, “be kind andgenerous to one another.”

Inthe ensuing decades, Fred’s legacy became a blessing and a curse.

Twoof his sons, Charles and David, joined forces to build Koch Industries, one ofthe largest private corporations in the world. But they ended up in an epicfeud with brothers Bill and Frederick that spanned nearly two decades, tearingthe family apart—and nearly Koch Industries along with it. Bill would start hisown energy company and attain a modicum of fame as a litigious wine collectorand yachtsman. After being marginalized by the patriarch because of his effetemanner, Frederick became a patron of the arts and a fastidious refurbisher ofhistoric estates.

Startingwith their boyhood when fraternal disputes were sometimes settled in the boxingring, Sons of Wichita takes you inside this highly private family andtraces the evolution of these four distinct personalities, as well as theircorporate, philosophical, social, and political ambitions. Influenced by theconservative, anticommunist sentiments of their father, a founding member ofthe John Birch Society, Charles and David devised an ambitious strategy tofoist their ideological agenda upon the nation—quietly channeling millions ofdollars of their fortune into a web of free market think tanks, academicprograms, advocacy groups, and more, while also building what amounts to ashadow Republican Party, replete with a donor network capable of raising asmuch in an election cycle as the Republican National Committee. Never beforedid they flex their political muscles as vigorously as they did during the 2012campaign, when Charles and David clashed with the Obama administration in whatCharles described as the “mother of all wars.”

Likethe Rockefellers before them, the Koch brothers are a great American dynasty.Unlike the Rockefellers, they have never before been the subject of a majorbiography.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A book that is closer to a family saga than a political exposé…Schulman has ably assembled everything known about the Kochs into a single, straightforward, understandable account…Sons of Wichita may strike some readers as surprisingly pro-Koch although Schulman leaves out no confirmable damning detail, especially about Koch Industries’ deadly indifference to environmental and safety matters… Sons of Wichita reminds us that political outcomes depend far more on ideas and organizations, and the energy and persistence devoted to them, than they do on the balance of power between good guys and bad guys.” New York Times Book Review
Sons of Wichita feels as close to the truth as anyone is likely to get for a long time to come.” Financial Times
“Riveting…fair-minded and inquisitive. Schulman offers carefully observed details that help flesh out our image of the men whose money has so dramatically remade our politics, revealing much about their motives as well as the demons that haunt them.” Washington Post
Mother Jones senior editor Schulman’s group portrait of the amazingly wealthy, strong-minded Koch brothers is a critical, but surprisingly nuanced tale of money and influence…This is a complex story of epic sibling rivalry, with important political dimensions.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Forget Dallas or Dynasty, this family saga of wealth and reprisals far exceeds anything you might see on TV. All My Children might have been a good alternative title for the book, though, because the fraternal infighting began with a hard-driving father who didn’t mind pitting son against son…While there is plenty about the Koch brothers’ business dealings and, of course, their political philosophies, this is, at heart, a tale about sibling rivalry writ large…Schulman is a senior editor at Mother Jones, but there’s no leftist edge here. His copious research results in a bias-free book that illuminates two of the most influential figures on the American landscape while telling a remarkable, if cautionary, tale about money, power, and the bonds of brotherhood.” Booklist
Mother Jones senior editor Schulman delivers provocative reportage on the Koch alpha-family legacy…Free from conjecture or personal criticism, Schulman’s astute account is buttressed by concrete research, legal documents, and verbatim interviews with family members and friends. A straightforward, evenhanded, and often riveting assessment.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Daniel Schulman

Author Bio: Daniel  Schulman

Daniel Schulman is a senior editor in the Washington bureau Mother Jones, and a founding member of the magazine’s investigative journalism team. His work has appeared in the Boston Globe MagazineColumbia Journalism Review, Psychology Today, Village Voice, and many other publications. He splits his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, DC.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 12.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English