Biographical Brief – David Rothkopf
David Rothkopf is the internationally acclaimed author of Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They are Making (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, March 2008), now available in over two dozen editions worldwide, and Running the World: The Inside Story of the National Security Council and the Architects of American Power (PublicAffairs, 2005), hailed by The New York Times as "the definitive history of the National Security Council." His next book, on the tug of war between public and private power worldwide and its consequences, is due out from Farrar Straus & Giroux late this year.
Rothkopf is President and CEO of Garten Rothkopf, an international advisory firm specializing in transformational trends especially those associated with energy choice and climate change, emerging markets and global risk. He is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he chairs the Carnegie Economic Strategy Roundtable. He was formerly chief executive of Intellibridge Corporation, managing director of Kissinger Associates and U.S. Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Policy.
Rothkopf has also taught international affairs and national security studies at Columbia University`s School of International and Public Affairs and Georgetown`s School of Foreign Service, has lectured widely and is the author of over 150 articles for leading publications worldwide.
What the publisher says:
When the 99 percent gathered in Zucotti Park and occupied Wall Street, Oakland, Boston, Seattle, and so many other places, David Rothkopf’s 2008 Superclass: The Global Power Elite and the World They Are Making seemed more than prescient. Now, as Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich trade barbs in their race to the race to the White House, Rothkopf’s new book Power, Inc., is the perfect book for this moment in time. In Power, Inc., he considers whether America has gone so far in giving power to big business and trust to unfettered markets that it has begun to destroy the dream on which this country was based, and to undermine U.S. influence in the world.
Today Americans face a new battle between competing capitalisms, in which the United States is losing ground to approaches with different views about how governments and businesses should work together. How will a changing sense of capitalism shape the complex, high-stakes contest between a rapidly changing constellations of major powers, including multinational megacorporations and withering nation-states, to gain and assert influence in the global era?
In Power, Inc., David Rothkopf takes an unprecedented look at the roots of this story that is defining our times, and then looks forward. He reveals the often stunning parallels and uncanny resonances between past crises and today’s. He traces the unexpected rise of corporations to show how, from the start, they both aided states and collaborated in undermining public power. He notes the great contributions of markets and the heartfelt warnings of a surprisingly large group of venerated leaders who were concerned about what would happen should too much power be concentrated in the hands of corporate leaders. Going further, he explores a new global order of traditional states, corporate supercitizens with global reach and no national allegiances, and receding semi-states with dwindling roles. Finally, Rothkopf sketches the shape of this new world of competing capitalisms: Who is winning, and what does it all mean for the U.S. and the world?
The rivalry between big business and big government goes far beyond the simplistic rhetoric of politicians who have once again made this rivalry a central issue in U.S. politics. To understand it, one has to dig deeper and think bigger. One has to view it in the context of a historical struggle between public and private power that has defined the last thousand years. And one has to understand what it means for a new era in which old systems, old approaches, and old rules, do not apply.