Invisible Hands

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kim Phillips-Fein
Narrator: Lorna Raver
Genres: North America, Public Policy
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published In: January 2009
# of Units: 10 CDs
Length: 12 hours, 30 minutes
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Starting in the mid-1930s, a handful of prominent American businessmen forged alliances with the aim of rescuing America---and their profit margins---from socialism and the "nanny state." Long before the "culture wars" usually associated with the rise of conservative politics, these driven individuals funded think tanks, fought labor unions, and formed organizations to market their views. These nearly unknown, larger-than-life, and sometimes eccentric personalities---such as General Electric's zealous, silver-tongued Lemuel Ricketts Boulware and the self-described "revolutionary" Jasper Crane of DuPont---make for a fascinating, behind-the-scenes view of American history.

The winner of a prestigious academic award for her original research on this book, Kim Phillips-Fein is already being heralded as an important new young American historian. Her meticulous research and narrative gifts reveal the dramatic story of a pragmatic, step-by-step, check-by-check campaign to promote an ideological revolution---one that ultimately helped propel conservative ideas to electoral triumph.

Reviews (1)

Invisible Hands

Written by wlh2040 from Miami, FL on June 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Outstanding! There is absolutely zero education these days on economics, and we see the end results of this ignorance. This should be mandatory reading for any college student, along with The Road to Serfdom by Hayek.

Author Details

Author Details

Phillips-Fein, Kim

Kim Phillips-Fein won the Bancroft Dissertation Prize for her research on Invisible Hands. She has written for The Nation, The Baffler, and many other publications. She is an assistant professor at the Gallatin School of New York University and lives in New York City.