This fascinating, authoritative wake-up call should satisfy any American who wants a handle on the most successful agents of corruption. A clarion call against some insidious threats to a healthy democracy. Of huge value. Wedel has reinvented the study of public administration for an era of blurred roles and secret networks. A must-read for the age of flexians and truthiness.--James K. Galbraith, author of The Predator State Slow but steady cultural shifts often go unremarked until we suddenly realize that we are in a place we really do not want to be. This book draws attention to one such shift. Wedel documents an alarming increase in the number of individuals and associations who, while purportedly acting in the public's interest, seem actually to be pursuing their own objectives. For political junkies and those in the Left and Right tails, there will be plenty to like in this book that will confirm their worst fears. The book is engaging--and frightening.