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Kochland

The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

by Christopher Leonard

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Kochland by Christopher Leonard
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2019, 704 pages
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    Oct 6, 2020, 704 pages

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A well-researched and absorbing look into the rise of one of the largest privately held companies in the world.

Many Americans first heard of Koch Industries (or "the Koch Brothers") during the 2016 presidential election cycle, when the organization became widely known as a huge financial backer of Republican Party candidates; few, though, have any idea just how massive the company is. In 2018, it employed approximately 120,000 in 60 countries and made a profit of $110 billion, making it the second largest privately-owned business in the world (after international food conglomerate, Cargill). Although originally an oil refinery company, today Koch Industries' subsidiaries produce goods that are used by most Americans on a daily basis, such as paper towels and toilet paper from manufacturer Georgia-Pacific or textiles such as Lycra, Cordura and Dacron from INVESTA. Until recently, the company was led by brothers Charles Koch, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, and David Koch, ...

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