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A century ago, the United States hosted a super-rich even more domineering than ours today. Yet fifty yearsÂ later, that super-rich had almost entirely disappeared. Their majestic mansions and estates had becomeÂ museums and college campuses, and America had become a vibrant, mass middle class nation, the first andÂ finest the world had ever seen.
Americans today ought to be taking no small inspiration from this stunning change. After all, if our forbearsÂ successfully beat back grand fortune, why can't we? But this transformation is inspiring virtually no one. Why?Â Because the story behind it has remained almost totally unknown, until now.
This lively popular history will speak directly to the political hopelessness so many Americans feel. By tracingÂ how average Americans took down plutocracy over the first half of the 20th Century--and how plutocracyÂ came back--Â The Rich Don't Always WinÂ will outfit Occupy Wall Street America with a deeper understanding ofÂ what we need to do to get the United States back on track to the American dream.
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