Author Dan Briody has written a book that goes beyond pundit finger-pointing over the controversial "no-bid" contracts relationship between Halliburton and Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a serious examination of the high-octane blend of profit and politics that fuels the Bush administration’s agenda. Briody begins with an extensive history of two Texas companies, Halliburton and Brown & Root (now KBR). He deftly portrays how they made their fortunes despite Great Depression hardships, World War II and political intrigues aplenty. Briody pulls no punches while maintaining a reportorial (if not totally objective) tone, although people who hold different political views might argue with his opinions and conclusions. getAbstract recommends this saga to anyone looking for a deeper understanding of the ongoing tryst between corporate America and its politicians. While this book is not presented as a smoking gun, it portrays insider politics that smolder like an oil fire you can’t quite extinguish, leaving sort of an ugly haze.
In this summary, you will learn
- How two great American companies - Halliburton and Brown & Root - were started and eventually merged;
- How politics and influence were essential in Brown & Root’s success;
- How Dick Cheney came to run Halliburton; and
- How the potent mix of business and politics continues to feed Halliburton’s success.
About the Author
Dan Briody is an award-winning business journalist who appeared as an expert in Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11. He previously wrote The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group. He has also written for numerous major magazines.
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