Book Review: The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men Who Built the World by Sally Denton

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“If we don’t have a client, we find one. If there’s no project, we assemble one, if there’s no money, we get some.” ~Bechtel corporate insider

By Catherine Austin Fitts

If you have not yet discovered Sally Denton, here is your chance to do so.

Denton is the investigative reporter who nailed the Mena, Arkansas story, busted the Kentucky drug rings in Bluegrass Conspiracy: An Inside Story of Drugs, Greed and Murder and co-authored the best history of Las Vegas: The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and its Hold on America. An accomplished historian, her books have captured numerous riveting personalities and secret aspects of American history, from FDR to the Mormons.

In her latest, The Profiteers: Bechtel and the Men who Built the World, she turns her attention to one of the world’s most powerful construction companies: Bechtel Group. Here is the book copy:

The tale of the Bechtel family dynasty is a story of raw entrepreneurial power. It begins with Warren A. “Dad” Bechtel, who led a consortium that constructed the Hoover Dam. From that auspicious start, the family and its eponymous company would go on to “build the world,” from the construction of airports in Hong Kong and Doha, to pipelines and tunnels in Alaska and Europe, to mining and energy operations around the globe. Today Bechtel is one of the largest privately held corporations in the world, enriched and empowered by a long history of government contracts and the privatization of public works, made possible by an unprecedented revolving door between its San Francisco headquarters and Washington. Bechtel executives John McCone, Caspar Weinberger, and George P. Shultz segued from leadership at the company to positions as Director of the CIA, Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State, respectively. Like all stories of empire building, the rise of Bechtel presents a complex and riveting narrative. In The Profiteers, Sally Denton, whom The New York Times called “a wonderful writer,” exposes Bechtel’s secret world and one of the biggest business and political stories of our time.

If you want to dig down and understand who and what Peter Dale Scott means by “the deep state,” this one is for you!