A penetrating look at the U.S. ruling class--a rich and powerful portion of the population that owns most of the wealth, and who benefits from the way decisions are made in this country. A close look at an even smaller group, the power elite--7,000 to 10,000 (predominantly) white Christian men--that makes many of these decisions affecting our everyday lives. Most of the time they decide freely, while they and the ruling class benefit hugely from these decisions, and the rest of us pay in our wages, our taxes, our health, the quality of our housing, and often with our lives. This book is carefully researched and referenced, and filled with numerous examples and illustrations. It is an indispensable resource for every person concerned about the undemocratic concentration of wealth and power in our society.