“The most important book I read this year was Dollarcracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America” – Matthew Rothschild, The Progressive


“DOLLAROCRACY: HOW THE MONEY AND MEDIA ELECTION COMPLEX IS DESTROYING AMERICA provides a hard-hitting look at democracy and the connections between the electoral process and citizen control of leadership. It comes from two leading media experts who consider the forces that are stripping elections of their meaning, offering solid observations of the money/politics connections that are ruining American democratic processes…No political studies collection should be without.” – California Bookwatch

“You'll walk away after reading it with a new understanding of how American democracy is at a crisis point that needs immediate attention…Dollarocracy had me thinking of the almost weekly question the founder of The Capital Times, William T. Evjue, asked in his radio address: ‘Are we headed for a dictatorship of wealth?’” - Dave Zweifel, The Capitol Times

“Another hard-hitting book from this team—indeed, their fifth since the turn of the century.” – Chris Sterling, Communication Booknotes Quarterly

“This is an important and detailed study of what consequences result from the Citizens United Supreme Court decision in the summer of 2010.” – Emile McAnany, Communication Research Trends

“With the mighty help of five corporatists on the U.S. Supreme Court, corporations and their wealthy bosses are ‘radically redefining our politics in a way that, failing a dramatic intervention signals the end of our democracy. It is the world of Dollarocracy.’ The authors show ways out of this dictatorial compression chamber. Assuming that is, you become indignant enough.” – Ralph Nader, The Huffington Post

“Nichols and McChesney (coauthors of The Death and Life of American Journalism and cofounders of Free Press, a media reform group) are both despairing and hopeful in this incisive account of what they see as corporate America’s hijacking of the election process.” – Publishers Weekly

“This book could not be more relevant today.” – Paul Buhle, Tikkun

“In sum, these two important and unusually readable political/ economic books are vitally important as both a basis and a stimulus for a strong political movement – a movement which we must strengthen soon if we are to have a decent society. The ongoing society is run by and for the rich, powerful, and dangerous.” – Doug Dowd, Counter Punch

“A just-released ‘must-read’ by prodigious historian/scholar Robert McChesney and force-of-nature journalist John Nichols. Their book gets at what’s ailing America better than any diagnosis I have encountered.” – Michael Copps, Common Core-Benton Foundation

“This is exactly the book every concerned American needs to read, because the process of understanding what exactly is going on and taking America back from the corporations starts here.” – Thom Hartmann, Public Intelligence Blog

“Nichols and McChesney use hard data, available to anyone should they seek it out, to make a strong case that true Democracy in America is just about dead, or at least is on life support, and the murder has occurred so slowly and so imperceptibly over time that most Americans are not even aware that a crime has occurred -- because the corpse remains upright and seemingly animated.” – Sky Valley Chronicle

“One need not support the social democratic policy preferences of John Nichols and Robert McChesney to benefit from their well-researched observations on democracy’s decay.” Timothy J. Barnett, Front Porch Republic

“Nichols and McChesney have drawn up a very impressive and deeply contextualised case for reforming the money=politics=money system that is becoming an increasingly big spanner clogging the works of US democracy. This is solid journalism built on academic rigour and a Big Picture vision.” – James Rose, Crickey

 “Excellent and incredibly well-researched” – Pierre Guerlain, Huffington Post

“Collaborating once more (The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again, 2010), Nichols, the Nation’s Washington, D.C., correspondent, and academic McChesney (Communications/Univ. of Illinois) decry the pernicious influence of Big Money on our elections.” – Kirkus Reviews

“With their book “Dollarocracy” these men have come out with vigor and energy and ready for the fight.” – Jerry Alatalo, The Oneness of Humanity

“Their knowledge of the impact of corporate dollars on the media and the electoral process is obvious. They aver a wide swath of historical and journalistic talking points, such as the legislative decisions that eventually led to the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision that removed campaign spending limits, low voter turnout, billions spent on political ads, the news media's superficial coverage of political campaigns, the silencing of progressive politicians and the decreasing resources and quality of American journalism.” – Angelica Levy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“[I]f you're looking for the soothing balm of Big Ideas, let me recommend the new book Dollarocracy by John Nichols and Robert W. McChesney…the authors offer a rare hopeful note in the doomgeist of our national discourse. They would argue that we can change things. We can somehow overcome the onslaught of 30-second attacks and simply decide another route.” – Curtis Robinson, Portland Daily Sun

“Anyone who is concerned about the state of our Democracy, given the Citizen's United Decision, our  almost record economic inequality, and the decline of the media's ability to keep our citizens accurately informed, must read this book.” – Susan Colby,

“It's impossible to read Dollarocracy without thinking of the revolutionary pamphleteer Thomas Paine. With flashes of rhetoric that could have been written in 1776—‘The time has come, finally, for citizens to burst the chains and to assume the blessings and security of self-government’—Dollarocracy is an inspiring polemic of the first order.” – David Kortava, Yes! Magazine

“This book and lecture changed my perspective. These voters weren’t creating the joke. They were responding to it. The corporate and business communities had already turned our political process into a joke, spending billions of dollars on toxic TV ads instead of engaging votes in real discussion.” – Haley Theresa Carter, Ethical Action