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Superclass : the global power elite and the world they are making

by Rothkopf, David J. 1955-

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 305.52 Roth
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Each of them is one in a million. They number six thousand on a planet of six billion. They run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, world religions, and, from the shadows, the world's most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations. They are the global superclass, and they are shaping the history of our time. Today's superclass has achieved unprecedented levels of wealth and power. They have globalized more rapidly than any other group. But do they have more in common with one another than with their own countrymen, as nationalist critics have argued? They control globalization more than anyone else. But has their influence fed the growing economic and social inequity that divides the world? What happens behind closeddoor meetings in Davos or aboard corporate jets at 41,000 feet? Conspiracy or collaboration? Deal-making or idle self-indulgence? What does the rise of Asia and Latin America mean for the conventional wisdom that shapes our destinies? Who sets the rules for a group that operates beyond national laws? Drawn from scores of exclusive interviews and extensive original reporting, Superclass answers all of these questions and more. It draws back the curtain on a privileged society that most of us know little about, even though it profoundly affects our everyday lives. It is the first in-depth examination of the connections between the global communities of leaders who are at the helm of every major enterprise on the planet and control its greatest wealth. And it is an unprecedented examination of the trends within the superclass, which are likely to alter our politics, our institutions, and the shape of the worldin which we live.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The 6,000 most powerful people in the world occupy Rothkopf's analysis of current global leaders in business and global affairs. Their identities, their routes to the top, and their interactions form his principal areas of inquiry, which he explores in a mixture of personal interviews and anecdotes, a blizzard of monetary statistics, and the main ideas in the 1956 book The Power Elite, by C. Wright Mills. Frequently citing Mills' influential study of American society, Rothkopf translates its precepts of interlocking clusters of elites into the contemporary stratum of supranational jet-setters. Illustrating from personal observation its members in motion at ritual confabs such as the annual World Economic Forum, Rothkopf underscores the intrapeer familiarity of the world's transnational corporate executives, national presidents and prime ministers, and military chiefs. The types of power they represent financial, political, and military Rothkopf concludes is so concentrated as to endow them with more raw clout than all except the largest countries. Offering this sociology of the planet's contemporary überclass, Rothkopf informatively equips those concerned with its influence.--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2008 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Books on world elites tend to focus on the superwealthy, but political scholar Rothkopf (Running the World) has written a serious and eminently readable evaluation of the superpowerful. Until recent decades, great-power governments provided most of the "superclass," accompanied by a few heads of international movements (i.e., the pope) and entrepreneurs (Rothschilds, Rockefellers). Today, economic clout-fueled by the explosive expansion of international trade, travel and communication-rules. The nation state's power has diminished, according to Rothkopf, shrinking politicians to minority power broker status. Leaders in international business, finance and the defense industry not only dominate the superclass, they move freely into high positions in their nations' governments and back to private life largely beyond the notice of elected legislatures (including the U.S. Congress), which remain abysmally ignorant of affairs beyond their borders. The superelites' disproportionate influence over national policy is often constructive, but always self-interested. Across the world, the author contends, few object to corruption and oppressive governments provided they can do business in these countries. Neither hand-wringing nor worshipful, this book delivers an unsettling account of what the immense and growing power of this superclass bodes for the future. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Elite (Social sciences)
Power (Social sciences)
Publisher New York :Farrar, Straus and Giroux,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description xxii, 376 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [325]-355) and index.
ISBN 9780374272104 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0374272107 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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