As part of the 2013-14 BMI-Kluge Fellowship, author Sally Denton spent a semester researching at the Library of Congress and another semester writing at Black Mountain Institute. This book is the product of that Fellowship:
The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a classic American business story. It begins with Warren A. “Dad” Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to “build the world,” from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha, to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe, to mining and energy operations around the globe.
Like all stories of empire building, the rise of Bechtel presents a complex and riveting narrative. In The Profiteers, Sally Denton, whom The New York Times called “a wonderful writer,” exposes Bechtel’s secret world and one of the biggest business and political stories of our time.
Sally Denton is an investigative reporter and the author of, among others, The Money and the Power, American Massacre and The Bluegrass Conspiracy. She is also the Director of Literary Nonfiction and Community Relations at Black Mountain Institute.
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