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Om Shadow Elite
It can feel like we're swimming in a sea of corruption. It's unclear who exactly is in charge and what role they play. The same influential people seem to reappear time after time in different professional guises, pressing their own agendas in one venue after another. According to award-winning public policy scholar and anthropologist Janine Wedel, these are the powerful "shadow elite," the main players in a vexing new system of power and influence. In this groundbreaking book, Wedel charts how this shadow elite, loyal only to their own, challenge both governments' rules of accountability and business codes of competition to accomplish their own goals. From the Harvard economists who helped privatize post-Soviet Russia and the neoconservatives who have helped privatize American foreign policy (culminating with the debacle that is Iraq) to the many private players who daily make public decisions without public input, these manipulators both grace the front pages and operate behind the scenes. Wherever they maneuver, they flout once-sacrosanct boundaries between state and private. Profoundly original, Shadow Elite gives us the tools we need to recognize these powerful yet elusive players and comprehend the new system. Nothing less than our ability for self-government and our freedom are at stake.Peter Bergen, Author ofHoly War, Inc. and The Osama bin Laden I Know "Janine Wedel has written a thought-provoking and interesting book that explores the rise of powerful, informal networks that often drive what governments actually do. Her account of the 1990s "reformers" in Russia and their allies in the United States, as well as her analysis of the interlocking relationships and effects on history of the American neoconservatives are especially persuasive." Charles Lewis, Bestselling autho... Publishers Weekly, starred review, December 7, 2009 "This fascinating, authoritative wake-up call should satisfy any American who wants a handle on the republic's most successful agents of corruption." Financial Times, January 3, 2010 "A clarion call against some insidious threats to a healthy democracy." Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post, January 6, 2010 "...a gripping, disquieting book that exposes and explains why it's been so hard to bring about any real change in our country. " Buz...