Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most by Daniel Schulman

By Daniel Schulman

Just like the Rockefellers and the Kennedys, the Kochs are probably the most influential dynasties of the trendy age, yet they've got by no means been the topic of a tremendous biography... until eventually now.

Not lengthy after the demise of his father, Charles Koch, then in his early 30s, came across a letter the family members patriarch had written to his sons. "You will obtain what now appears to be like a wide sum of money," Fred Koch suggested. "It could both be a blessing or a curse."

Fred's legacy could turn into a blessing and a curse to his 4 sons-Frederick, Charles, and fraternal twins David and Bill-who within the resulting a long time fought bitterly over their birthright, the oil and cattle-ranching empire their father left in the back of in 1967. opposed to a backdrop of scorched-earth felony skirmishes, Charles and David equipped Koch Industries into one of many biggest inner most companies within the world-bigger than Boeing and Disney-and they rose to develop into of the wealthiest males in the world.

Influenced by means of the emotions in their father, who was once current on the beginning of the toilet Birch Society, Charles and David have spent many years attempting to remake the yank political panorama and mainline their libertarian perspectives into the nationwide bloodstream. They now regulate a computing device that may be a middle of gravity in the Republican get together. To their supporters, they're freeing the USA from the scourge of massive executive. To their detractors, they're political "contract killers," as David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's leader strategist, placed it throughout the 2012 campaign.

Bill, in the meantime, equipped a multi-billion buck strength empire all his personal, and earned notoriety as an America's Cup-winning yachtsman, a flamboyant playboy, and as a litigious collector of good wine and Western memorabilia. Frederick lived an intensely inner most existence as an arts shopper, refurbishing a chain of old houses and estates.

SONS OF WICHITA strains the complex lives and legacies of those 4 tycoons, in addition to their company, social, and political goals. regardless of the place you fall at the ideological spectrum, the Kochs are essentially the most influential dynasties of our period, yet so little is publicly recognized approximately this kin, their origins, how they make their cash, and the way they stay their lives. in accordance with 1000's of interviews with pals, family members, company affiliates, and so on, SONS OF WICHITA is the 1st significant biography approximately this prosperous and strong family-warts and all.

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