The Occupy Wall Street protests have captured America's political imagination. Polls show that two-thirds ofnbsp;the nation now believe that America's enormous wealth ought to be "distributed more evenly." However,nbsp;almost as many Americans--well over half--feel the protests will ultimately have "little impact" on inequality innbsp;America. What explains this disconnect? Most Americans have resigned themselves to believing that the richnbsp;simply always get their way.
Except they don't.
A century ago, the United States hosted a super-rich even more domineering than ours today. Yet fifty yearsnbsp;later, that super-rich had almost entirely disappeared. Their majestic mansions and estates had becomenbsp;museums and college campuses, and America had become a vibrant, mass middle class nation, the first andnbsp;finest the world had ever seen.
Americans today ought to be taking no small inspiration from this stunning change. After all, if our forbearsnbsp;successfully beat back grand fortune, why can't we? But this transformation is inspiring virtually no one. Why?nbsp;Because the story behind it has remained almost totally unknown, until now.
This lively popular history will speak directly to the political hopelessness so many Americans feel. By tracingnbsp;how average Americans took down plutocracy over the first half of the 20th Century--and how plutocracynbsp;came back-- The Rich Don't Always Win will outfit Occupy Wall Street America with a deeper understanding ofnbsp;what we need to do to get the United States back on track to the American dream.