The Halliburton AgendaThe Politics of Oil and Money
The author of the bestseller The Iron Triangle untangles a web of political back scratching in one of the world's most powerful companies Halliburton-a Texas oil-field company Dick Cheney ran before he became Vice President-has courted controversy for the better part of the twentieth century, but only recently has it received intense media scrutiny. In The Halliburton Agenda, Halliburton and its subsidiaries form the foundation of a fascinating story of influence peddling and behind-the-scenes political maneuvering that has only increased in momentum over the last decade-culminating in a firestorm of problems arising as soon as Cheney took office. This intriguing book shows readers where Halliburton has been doing business and with whom-topping the list so far are Iran, Iraq, and Libya. It also reveals how this juggernaut of a corporation has engaged in a cycle of profits that begins by selling products and services to potential terrorist states, contracting with the federal government during times of war against those states, then gaining valuable rebuilding contracts to help repair those states. It will also show how a Halliburton subsidiary, Kellogg Brown & Root, has become an indispensable part of the U.S. military, so much so that the two are indistinguishable at times. Halliburton is one of the first American companies to recognize the importance of aligning itself with powerful politicians, heavily contributing to campaigns, then cashing in on lucrative government contracts. Engaging and informative, The Halliburton Agenda carefully explores the arc of the company's success, its use of political affiliation, and the scope of its international business.
Prologue. PART I: The Early Years. 1. Erle P. Halliburton and the Million-Dollar Boast. 2. The Road to Riches. PART II: Public Money, Private Profit. 3. The Man Behind the Dam That Built Brown & Root. 4. Guns and Butter. 5. Collateral Damage: The Leland Olds Story. 6. Our Man in Office. PART III: From Vietnam to Iraq. 7. Vietnam and Project Rathole. 8. Empty Pockets. 9. The Big Score. 10. Backseat Cheney. 11. Fall from Grace. Notes. Bibliography. Index.
DAN BRIODY is the author of the national bestseller The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group (published by Wiley). Briody is an expert on the commingling of business and politics, particularly as it pertains to the war on terrorism and the so-called "military-industrial complex." An award-winning business journalist, Briody has written for Forbes, Wired, Red Herring, and The Industry Standard. He has also appeared as an expert in Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11, and has been a guest on the Today show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, National Public Radio's Fresh Air, and a host of other television and radio programs.
Praise for THE HALLIBURTON AGENDA "With a blunt matter-of-fact tone, Briody describes the rise of the two companies from the dusty oil fields of west Texas to the marbled corridors of power in Washington, D.C." —Publishers Weekly "This is a classic American love story of our time. Ambitious influential politician meets beautifully greedy corporation. They are made for each other." —The Globe & Mail In The Halliburton Agenda, Halliburton and its subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root, form the foundation of an intriguing story of cronyism and conflict of interest that has only increased in momentum over the last decade. Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Dan Briody cuts through the veil of secrecy that cloaks this controversial company, and reveals how the confluence of business and politics has led to questionable deals as well as financial windfalls for Halliburton, its executives, and its subsidiaries. Halliburton's inextricable links to politicians and the United States military, its dealings with countries known to sponsor terrorism, and its controversial $2 billion government contract to rebuild Iraq are only the tip of the iceberg. The Halliburton Agenda untangles a complex web of political power plays and deceptive deals—revealing how a company with the right connections can finesse its way to success.
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