THE OTHER GOVERNMENT: The Unseen Power of Washington Lawyers by Mark J. Green

THE OTHER GOVERNMENT: The Unseen Power of Washington Lawyers

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's the same Brandeisian story you've been hearing for years from the Nader people, with an angle on those unethical (but very comfortable) influence-peddling lawyers who work for private corporations, contra bono publico. Green relentlessly compiles the goods on the prestigious Washington firm of Covington & Burling and political lobbyist Lloyd Cutler. Between them, they seem to represent every monopolistic interest in America -- drug companies, processed foods, cigarette makers, the transportation industry (autos, airlines, trains), and the media. Green charges that there's a small, clubby coterie of Harvard and Yale men (the author is Harvard Law, Class of '70, by the way) who throughout their careers at the seat of power are likely to serve both government and industry. Men like Cutler seem to have access everywhere. And in cases where the. FTC, the Justice Department or the courts aren't buying, the influence-peddlers have the know-how, the staff and virtually unlimited funds to delay unfavorable decisions almost indefinitely. Green's got the facts, facts, facts, in true Nader style (he's worked with Nader on other books) on the legal maneuvers of monopoly capitalism. Even though public interest/consumer protection law ""is now considered legally chic,"" he's spitting in the wind.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1975
Publisher: Grossman/Viking