Monopolized

Life in the Age of Corporate Power

From the cars we drive to what toothpaste we use, how a tiny group of corporations have come to dominate every aspect of our lives—by one of our most intrepid and accomplished journalists

“If you’re looking for a book . . . that will get your heart pumping and your blood boiling and that will remind you why we’re in these fights—add this one to your list.”
—Senator Elizabeth Warren on David Dayen’s Chain of Title

Over the last forty years our choices have narrowed, our opportunities have shrunk, and our lives have become governed by a handful of very large and very powerful corporations. Today, practically everything we buy, everywhere we shop, and every service we secure comes from a heavily concentrated market.

This is a world where six major banks control most of our money, four airlines shuttle most of us around the country, and four major cell phone providers connect most of our communications. If you are sick you can go to one of three main pharmacies to fill your prescription, and if you end up in a hospital almost every accessory to heal you comes from one of a handful of large medical suppliers.

Dayen, the editor of the American Prospect and author of the acclaimed Chain of Title, provides a riveting account of what it means to live in this new age of monopoly and how we might resist this corporate hegemony.

Through vignettes and vivid case studies Dayen shows how these monopolies have transformed us, inverted us, and truly changed our lives, at the same time providing readers with the raw material to make monopoly a consequential issue in American life and revive a long-dormant antitrust movement.

News and Reviews

Journalist David Dayen’s forthcoming Chain of Title named the latest winner of the Studs and Ida Terkel Prize

 

Books by David Dayen

Chain of Title
How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud

David Dayen