THE VESTED INTERESTS by Edward Ziegler

THE VESTED INTERESTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This book is a thinking man's dream-- it has something for everybody, for the hothouse American socialist, the radical reformer or the coupon-clipping reactionary. Ziegler has written a bitingly witty attack on the American economic establishment. It fails for two reasons, both simple: Ziegler is fighting a dead cause, and at times the argumentation is disgracefully irresponsible and disingenuous. Ziegler misuses facts atrociously to demonstrate that the country's economic life is controlled by the possessors of ""passive"" wealth only interested in the protection of their capital, a goal antithetical to economic growth. His view is biased and he does not pretend otherwise. However much of the book deals with the quasi-religious mythology and sloganeering by which the vested interests exploit an ignorant public. This part is almost pure polemics, and even one who disagrees with the book's basic thesis must agree that as a polemicist Mr. Ziegler is formidable.... An angry, exciting, wrong-headed book that should have been written in the '30's but which, for all its error, should be read by anyone seriously interest in economics as well as in the techniques of political propaganda.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1964
Publisher: Macmillan