Elites in American History: The New Deal to the Carter Administration

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Elites in American History: The New Deal to the Carter Administration

By Philip H. Burch, Jr.
Holmes & Meier, 1980
544 pp. $19.50
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This book belongs to the head-count school of political sociology. The author has compiled a mass of biographical facts about high-ranking federal officials from the 1930s to the present. He identifies a "business establishment" and concludes that "regardless of its changing form, America has almost always been dominated by some kind of wealth." The approach is descriptive, the tone unruffled.