Antitrust: Taking on Monopoly Power from the Gilded Age to the Digital Age

Knopf. May 2021. 624p. ISBN 9780525654896. $32.50. POL SCI
Senator Klobuchar's take on the state of antitrust law today manages to be surprisingly engaging and accessible, despite its dense, complicated topic. She presents the human impact of antitrust issues, weaving in stories of miners unionizing in the Midwest and the early years of the American railroad industry. While journalists often speak about the need for tax reform to address income inequality, Klobuchar deftly argues that tackling America's anticompetitive business atmosphere is just as important to improving citizens’ lives. The second half of the book lays out a sensible road map with concrete policy strategies and priorities, representing the kind of pragmatic action the senator is known for. Occasional images and charts help to clarify details of antitrust legislation.
VERDICT Even readers with only minimal knowledge of American business or the economy will be able to follow Klobuchar’s analysis of anticompetitive business practices, and they may be surprised by how engaging the topic can be. A must for every public and academic library.
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